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And probably the most famous one of all:

Philadelphia Phillies: The Philly Fanatic (has it ever been explained what kind of creature he is?)

A Muppet.

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Indiana State University Sycamores: Their Primary mascot is "Sycamore Sam"...which is an animal of combined origins (features of his appearance are made up of local prevalent wildlife).

Off topic, but why has Indiana State genericized their shade of blue? They used to have a very pleasant unique shade of sky-ish blue...nowadays it seems like more and more they are trying to go to just plain ol' blue.

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Philadelphia Phillies: The Philly Fanatic (has it ever been explained what kind of creature he is?)

Phanatic, and he's a bird

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The Diamondbacks' Bobcat mascot

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The Florida Panthers have a rat mascot, for the tradition of throwing rats on the ice in Florida, alongside their Panther mascot. I think that the Rat should be the Main Mascot, because the Panther's name is Stanley C. Panther, or Stanley Cup Panther... which the team has not won before... And unless it changes in the next couple of years, it's a ridiculous name...

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The Portland Trail Blazers have a "trail cat" as their mascot. Their whole brand really has practically nothing to do with their name actually, but somehow their branding has worked and always will work IMO.

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The New England 3-stripes?

How about the Minnesota Missed-Game-Winning-Field-Goals-In-The-Playoffs? I heard they were a team in 2016 and 1999.

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The New England 3-stripes?

Are you sure you're not talking about New England Adidas?

They are only known as New England Adidas when they are wearing their away uniforms. ;)

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The NHL has quite a few. Half of the league, in fact.

Detroit, Los Angeles, Colorado, Toronto, Calgary, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Buffalo, the Islanders, Ottawa, Columbus, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Dallas all have mascots that have, at best, a tangential connection to their teams' nicknames.

The Hartford Whalers mascot, Pucky the Whale, was an unusual choice for a mascot because whalers are hunters of whales, so why would you want a mascot that your team nickname hunts down and kills? Yeah, a whale is related to the nickname whalers, but it is the victim of your identity. That's like a team named the Cats having a mouse for a mascot!

As part of the rebrand in 1979 when the Whalers jumped from the WHA to the NHL, graphic designer Peter Good decided to stay away from harpoon imagery that the team had previously used because he thought it was too morbid and the idea of killing your own mascot was ludicrous. So he pretty much transformed the nickname "Whalers" from meaning hunters of whales to being pro-whale, with the blue whale tail featured prominently in the logo he designed for them. Interestingly enough, the Whalers logo we all know and love so well was actually designed *after* another logo of his was already adopted by the team as it's official logo. The first one looked like an upside down version of the old Mariner's trident logo, with the top of a W acting as the three prongs. Obviously this was harpoon imagery and Good was trying to stay away from that, but whalers front office liked this logo enough to actually claim it as their official logo for several weeks or so. However, Good decided to go back to the drawing board though because when he first showed the team the logo they said they loved how there was an "H" for Hartford inside the W trident. Good was never told to incorporate an H before he did the initial sketches, but now that he knew that's what they wanted he decided to keep making sketches even after one of his logos was already approved for use and accepted as the official logo of the team! Thankfully the front office let him tinker around a bit amore, and the famous Hartford Whalers logo incorporating a whale tail, W, and H was born.

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New Orleans Saints: dog

Auburn Tigers: war eagle

The Saints' costumed canine mascot that you've referenced - "Gumbo" - is a depiction of a Saint Bernard.

Auburn University's official mascot is "Aubie the Tiger". A live golden eagle - Nova, dubbed "War Eagle VII" - is the living embodiment of Auburn's battle cry, "War Eagle!"

Now that you mention it, a Saint Bernard dog has more of a connection to the Saints than a guy in knight's armor holding a shield (Sir Saint). The only saint I can think of that fought in battles wearing armor was Joan of Arc and she was a chick!

Now about Auburn: if your mascot is a Tiger, why have a battle cry called "War Eagle"? And then make it even more confusing by having an actual living eagle fly over the football stadium where your team the *TIGERS* plays its games. HUH?!?!

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San Diego Chicken.

He was more of a city-wide entertainer for crowds for all San Diego teams and events.

Not only did he appear at Chargers and Padres games but also at Clippers games before they moved to LA!

So I don't think he was ever considered the official mascot of any team. He was more like the unofficial mascot of the city of San Diego.

Not as much a mascot as just their identity, but a Space Needle for a Sounder? You'd think there would at least be a water element for the Puget Sound.

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Maybe the blue shape in the logo represents a body of water? Or just water in general?

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New York Yankees (snoopy, not sure if still in use)

Wait, what? Snoopy is only there when they have MetLife sponsoring a giveaway or one of their player of the month awards. The only mascot that they've had was Dandy. But they killed him because mascots are awesome and that team hates fun.

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Actually, I think it's because furry peanuts taste wierd.

The Yankees got rid of Dandy because a sequence of bad things happened shortly after he debuted, by far the worst being the death of catcher Thurman Munson in a plane crash. As you can see in the pic Dandy's mustache was modeled after Munson's so obviously the team didn't want a reminder of their deceased teammate dancing around and acting like a goofball. Plus just look at that thing... does that say "Evil Empire" to you?

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Now that you mention it, a Saint Bernard dog has more of a connection to the Saints than a guy in knight's armor holding a shield (Sir Saint). The only saint I can think of that fought in battles wearing armor was Joan of Arc and she was a chick!

St. Louis, King of France - crusader:

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St. Michael the Archangel is often depicted as wearing some form of armor and brandishing a sword.

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Now that you mention it, a Saint Bernard dog has more of a connection to the Saints than a guy in knight's armor holding a shield (Sir Saint). The only saint I can think of that fought in battles wearing armor was Joan of Arc and she was a chick!

St. Louis, King of France - crusader:

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St. Michael the Archangel is often depicted as wearing some form of armor and brandishing a sword.

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Nice, thanks for this. Another one is St. George who I am very well aware of who is most famous for slaying a dragon, so I'm not sure why I didn't think of him in addition to Joan of Arc:

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The New England 3-stripes?

How about the Minnesota Missed-Game-Winning-Field-Goals-In-The-Playoffs? I heard they were a team in 2016 and 1999.

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Blow it out your Colon.

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Fun fact: Sparky the Dragon, the Islanders mascot, actually comes from the old AFL New York Dragons that Charles Wang also owned.

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