Looking over at the plushy on the desk next to me, it just feels like we need to unpack something. Something very serious and vital to our lives as Philadelphians. What in the world is going on with the Sixers’ mascots?
We’ve gathered here today to remember, and probably cringe at, the weird combo of Sixers mascots we’ve seen over the years. Alright, to be fair, only three Sixers mascots (with some variations) have graced the team. But honestly they just…all super unique in a classically Philly way.
Our beloved 76ers are among eight teams, out of the 23 they started with, to make it through the first decade of the NBA. They clearly have a rich history.
Mascots are a beloved tradition in sports. In the breaks between the action of an intense game, its fun to unwind by watching a guy in a costume do backflips. Many NBA mascots even show off some impressive dunking skills.
The point of a mascot is to be zany, comical, and dynamic. The thing is, sometimes teams just make…really quirky decisions when it comes to choosing the character to represent them. It’s hard for the Sixers. They aren’t named after an animal, so there goes that easy option. They aren’t even named after a type of person, like the Kings, or Cavaliers, for example.
The 76ers are named after a year. 1776. The year the Declaration of Independence was issued. Philly had a huge part in that whole, American Revolution thing. So, logically, the mascot would be like, a founding father or something. But, yeah. Mascots modelled after humans? Just take Pat Patriot of the New England Patriots in mind. Nightmare fuel.
The Sixers have given three characters a shot in representing them, each of them showing off their own eccentricity.