A team’s mascot can play a very important role in sports. A good mascot can fire up the crowd, provide entertainment during stoppages in play, appeal to the younger audience, provide the team with a fun personality and occasionally even get under the opposing team's skin through their antics and pranks. Mascots such as Chicago’s Benny the Bull achieve this and he has become an important part of the franchise and provides fans with a character which embodies the team, but not all teams have a mascot that is beneficial. There have been some truly bizarre mascots over the years, which can often have the adverse effect for a team and leave you wondering who on earth came up with and designed these characters.
Although they can be seen in other sports around the world, it is primarily in the USA where mascots are used so heavily and play such an important role in games. This is largely due to the fact that many of the major sports have frequent stoppages in play, so to keep the crowd entertained and fired up they have a mascot to fill these stoppages. They are also particularly prominent in college sports, with plenty of strange and bizarre characters over the years that have entertained, inspired, confused and even scared crowds with their costume design and what they get up to during the games.
There are dozens of fantastic mascots in US sports that are an important part of the franchise and provide the team with personality, but for every great mascot there is also a whole group of terrible mascots that cause more embarrassment, and sometimes even fear, for fans than entertainment. Some of these are brilliant because they are so bad, some wouldn’t look out of place in a horror film, whilst some are just plain awful.
Here are the worst mascots in U.S Sports
10 10. Purdue Pete (Purdue Boilmakers)
9 9. Willie the Wildcat (Kansas State)
8 8. Blue Blob (Xavier University)
7 7. Pierre the Pelican (New Orleans Pelicans)
6 6. Dandy (New York Yankees)
The Yankees are a franchise all about pride and also one of the most successful and popular sports teams around the world. They have a lot to take great pride in, but Dandy is a name that most will either have forgotten or wish they had forgotten. Inspired by the success of the Phillie Phanatic (who generates an enormous amount of money), the Yankees had Dandy designed in 1979 by the creator of Miss Piggy and other Muppets.
5 5. WuShock (Wichita State University)
4 4. Sammy the Slug (UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs)
3 3. Crazy Crab (San Francisco Giants)
2 2. King Cake Baby (New Orleans Pelicans)
1 1. The Stanford Tree (Stanford Cardinal)
The Stanford Cardinal could've been anything, as the nickname is just after the cardinal color. So, did they really have to make their mascot a tree? They have opted for the Stanford Tree, and how you expect a tree to fire up a crowd is beyond me. The Tree was introduced by the Stanford Band in 1975 and has remained an unofficial mascot, but it has become famous around the world for its obscurity. The tree is modeled after El Palo Alto, a redwood tree in the Palo Alto region that appears in the Stanford logo. It has a different design each year, but it has always remained bizarre to see a tree with big eyes and a big grin running around trying to pump up the crowd without having any arms. Its most recent incarnation as a palm tree may be the worst of them all.
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