The Philadelphia 76ers introduced a new mascot today and wisely did so in the middle of the target audience — that guy in the middle of the above pic is Franklin. The Sixers new big, blue, dog and mascot. Apparently the kids love him.
I love inflatable mascots — watching those waddle around and dance is funny. I’m probably not the target demographic for the real ones, particularly anthropomorphic dogs. But the Sixers put a lot of time coming up with him and a full on backstory. From their press release:
As (the Sixers’ mascot designers) dug through piles of books, watched movies and spoke with Philadelphians far and wide, along with more than 1,000 kids, they found a common thread…a special creature…whose ancestors had been a part of the city’s history from the start.
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.
So, he’s the Forest Gump of mascots.
If you like him, follow him on Twitter. You can also see him at Sixers games, where there will be nights Franklin will be more entertaining than the product on the court (although the Sixers have won four in a row at home).
Dwyane Wade to miss All-Star Game due to hamstring issue
Miami is currently the eight seed in the West, one game ahead of nine seed Brooklyn and two-and-a-half up on Detroit. While the Heat and Charlotte are tied for the seven/eight seed spots, Charlotte went out on Tuesday and improved its roster to make sure it would get into the playoffs. If there is a team with a target on its back, it’s Miami.
The Heat need Wade back to avoid that fate.
Wade’s absence opens up an All-Star roster spot, to be filled by appointment by Commissioner Adam Silver. As he did with injuries to Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin in the West, expect Silver to select whoever was next in line on the coaches secret ballots to fill the All-Star reserves.
That most likely is Atlanta sharpshooter Kyle Korver. He is the glue for the top-seeded Hawks, averaging 12.9 points a game and shooting a ridiculous 52.8 percent from three this season. When he is on the court, the Hawks are 12.8 points better per 100 possessions.
If not Korver it likely goes to either the Bucks improved guard Brandon Knight or — in my opinion the more deserving — Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.