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New suggested Sixers mascots are… um… unimpressive

Dec 6, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT


I don’t think there were many ideas that would make Sixers fans long for the return of Hip Hop.

If you forgot, Hip Hop was the Sixers mascot that nobody really liked. So much so that after polling season ticket holders about the game-day experience the new Philadelphia owners axed him.

But they commissioned new guys (including Jim Henson’s studio) and the stuff to the right are your three options.

I’ll let describe it for you.

The Sixers unveiled their new choices for mascot on Monday and the trio features cartoonish versions of Ben Franklin (Big Ben), a dog (B. Franklin Dogg) and a moose (Phil E. Moose). Yes, a moose in Philadelphia. All three of the characters sport Sixers attire with B. Franklin Dogg even donning a Liberty Bell shaped hat with a 76ers logo.

I don’t love the Dogg or Moose, but I really do not get Big Ben. First off, “a penny saved is a penny earned” does not apply to NBA owners or players. Second, bald fat guys can be found in NBA media seating, not on the court.

But, whatever makes Philly happy. Although does anything make Philly fans happy? Is “none of the above” really the worst choice here?

  1. richfactor - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:03 AM


  2. 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    All of those are terrible. B. Franklin Dogg? HAHAHAHAHA haaaa! You got to be kidding me.

  3. trbowman - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Bullwinkle baby!

  4. Josh - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Big Ben in Philadelphia?

    • sasquash20 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      He lived there for a stretch of his life. It is the birth place of America

  5. kandh2004 - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    What would make me happy in Philly is if you were not a writer anymore I wish that was a choice

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    They should have a Phanatic knockoff. Everybody in town loves the Philly Phanatic.

  7. Gordon - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    They should have a meter maid from the PPA as the mascot.

  8. jmclarkent - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    They should just hire A.I. to be the mascot.

  9. 187onsandusky - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    The dog reminds me of the time they added a character to the Itchy and Scratchy show on the Simpsons.

  10. tmw2345 - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Between hardball talk and this site. NBC sports talk is filled with Philly haters as writers.

  11. darthsat - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Go NBA! While a few fan bases get to talk about complementing their superstar laden team with other superstars, we in Philly just get a story about a damn mascot. What a league this is…

  12. philtration - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Just pay Allen Iverson to wander around the stands.
    The kids can take turns coloring in his tattoos.

  13. lucky5934 - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Iverson would be a perfect choice for the mascot. He wouldn’t have to practice and could just show up for the games. Get it done Sixers!

  14. gallaghedj311 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    @Gordon, dude that was hilarious!

  15. callaway2u - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Need to check out the mascot Kookabird. Who ever it is in the costume can really get the crowd
    going. I saw him at a big golf outing and the bird took over show, Fans loved him. You can see some stuff about him on You tube. He would be the won to hire.

  16. JB (the original) - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    In the words of Adam Sandler in the famous SNL skit, Stand Up and Win, “who are the ad [marketing] wizards who came up with that one?”

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