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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