Do Flyers Need A Mascot?

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Apparently, back in 1976, the Flyers had a mascot.  He didn’t catch on, and his time with us was short. So is it worth having some poor schmuck get dressed in some hot outfit and running around doing stunts for our entertainment?

Well, the argument that mascots don’t work in Philadelphia is stupid.  The Phanatic is the best mascot in sports, and Swoop and Hip-Hop are pretty cool too.  The fans get a kick out of all their shenanigans. And in the NHL, there are only 4 teams without a mascot, including us.

We know what a mascot brings to the table. They do stunts, they play jokes, they make appearances, they start cheers, and various other things to get the crowd pumped up.  Sure it’s a gimmick.  We come to the arena to see the games.  All of the music and contests and other forms of entertainment are there for the younger crowd and the casual fans. Having a mascot would just go along with that theme.

The only legit case against getting a mascot is the fact that the first attempt failed.  I wasn’t around then, so I don’t really know why it didn’t work out.  My best guess is that he just didn’t connect with the people.  Well the club is much more rooted in the area now compared to back then.  I’m sure the marketing department could come up with a character that would become popular.  When the Phantoms were in town, Phlex was an instant hit. That success could definitely be replicated with the big club. As for anyone who doesn’t want one just for the sake of not having one, you can always look away.  I don’t pay attention to the cup game or most of the promotions on the big screen when I go. Who cares if it’s not your thing.  Let the people who are interested have some fun.  When the puck drops, everything gets shut off and you can focus on the game anyway.

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  • Flyers4ever

    I agree the Flyers have space for a mascot IF it is done well. I like the idea of “Bully the Snowman”; the outfit would be a Flyers uniform with a tough looking frosty head, top hat and all. He would have a black eye and permanent snarl (minus some teeth) complete with corn cob pipe.

    Another, similiar idea would be Bull Bill. The Same look, bout the head would be William Penn with a tri corner hat. Benjamin Franklin could also work in that way too.

    • Eugene Markman

      Yea, it definitely can’t be some cutesy little weak mascot. If they ever get a mascot, it has to represent the team and the fans and the city.
      If you have any artistic ability and want to make a pic of a mascot, I’ll be happy to post it in a follow up blog.

  • Flyers4ever

    I agree the Flyers have space for a mascot IF it is done well. I like the idea of “Bully the Snowman”; the outfit would be a Flyers uniform with a tough looking frosty head, top hat and all. He would have a black eye and permanent snarl (minus some teeth) complete with corn cob pipe.

    Another, similiar idea would be Bull Bill. The Same look, bout the head would be William Penn with a tri corner hat. Benjamin Franklin could also work in that way too.

  • dmvasso

    I don’t think we necessarily need a mascot, but it couldn’t hurt for crowd pleasing. I have always felt that the “Broad street bully” was our unofficial mascot, so maybe if the organization wanted a mascot this would be the best one to implement. Maybe something like this: http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSHksTcotRK89LEfgaR1nk39RjnSoCDfcEJo9D3DRgstyKlVxGvWQ

    • Eugene Markman

      Ha, kind of looks like Dancing Guy if he dyed his hair.

  • http://Ibleedblackandorange.blogspot.com/ dmvasso

    I don’t think we necessarily need a mascot, but it couldn’t hurt for crowd pleasing. I have always felt that the “Broad street bully” was our unofficial mascot, so maybe if the organization wanted a mascot this would be the best one to implement. Maybe something like this: http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSHksTcotRK89LEfgaR1nk39RjnSoCDfcEJo9D3DRgstyKlVxGvWQ

  • Interloper27

    How about a finger-biting homeless man? A drunken, drooling closet case? A whiny big-headed puss-bucket?

    • Eugene Markman

      Are you applying for the job?

  • Interloper27

    How about a finger-biting homeless man? A drunken, drooling closet case? A whiny big-headed puss-bucket?