10..9..8..76ers!! Have a New Mascot!

If you’re like me, you’re a Sixers fan.  And chances are you aren’t like me because there aren’t a whole lot of Sixers fans out in the world, unfortunately.  When the going gets tough and your beloved home basketball team has 12 wins and 41 losses, some people are want to split and join some other bandwagon.  LAME.

“Here they come! Philadelphia! Stand up and cheer! Number one, Philadelphia! Here they come! Team of the year! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, SIXERS!”  

Sure, the days of Allen Iverson have long since passed but that doesn’t mean we should give up, right?  RIGHT?!  Right.

Anyway, I’m pleased to announce that the 76ers have a brand new mascot–Franklin, who is a big, blue, Philly-loving dog.  He was created for kids, by kids.  Seriously, a panel of kids and like 1,000+ more did a lot of research and decided on this mascot who will hopefully bring a sorely needed pep-in-the-step to the fans and athletes.

Here he is:

Photo from: 76ers www.nba.com

Photo from: 76ers http://www.nba.com

Apparently, Franklin has a long and deep history not only in Philadelphia, but also in the history of the nation:

When George Washington crossed the Delaware, a blue tail was wagging in the boat.

When our nation’s forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, a blue paw was found on the scroll.

A blue mouth dragged Ben Franklin to safety after he was struck by lightning and discovered electricity.

A furry blue flash ran alongside Rocky Balboa, and put two paws in the air when he reached the top of the Art Museum steps.

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There were tiny teeth marks in the paper Wilt Chamberlain held for the cameras after his historic 100-point game.

Blue paws were seen pacing behind the Sixers bench in the days of Dr. J.

Perky blue ears were in the stands when Allen Iverson made Sixers fans roar.

Who knew, right?  Also, check out his serious dunking skills.

Franklin won’t officially be participating in the games until February 20th when the Sixers play the Indiana Pacers.  Let’s hope we can find a softer spot in our hearts for him than our last mascot, Hip Hop.  I didn’t like the looks of that guy, anyway.

Philadelphia Freedom

Philadelphia Freedom

Franklin has a lot to live up to in the legacy of Philadelphia mascots considering that no other mascot anywhere has ever been as awesome as the Philly Phanatic, who apparently sky-dives, does karate and gets in fists fights.

And of course, the Eagles will always have Santa and the snowballs.

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