Hey football fans, as I'm sure you've noticed, the season is over. There is still one month to go before free agency, more than two months to go before the draft, and training camp is still more than five months away.
But before we decide to over-analyze the latest misconstrued LeBron James soundbite or start thinking about what chances [insert favorite MLB team] has at winning the World Series this year, let's have a little bit of fun.
Mascots are the epitome of fun, especially in the NFL. These overgrown cartoon characters help to inspire morale in the fans and also serve as a tool for NFL teams to connect to their communities at events both during the season and the offseason.
The men who don these costumes are men I salute: it takes a lot of guts to dress up like the creation of what the modern-day Don Draper considers to be "cool" and pull off acrobatic stunts in costumes that on the inside are about 30 degrees hotter than the ambient temperature outside (which on the hottest September days can approach the 90s with 80 percent humidity).
But some of the costumes themselves? All I can say is wow! What mad scientist thought of these?
We're going to be looking at six NFL mascots and why it might be a good idea to perhaps give them a makeover or junk them altogether. Let's have some fun poking fun at some ideas that were clearly made purely for the amusement of children, yet manage to look like the manifestation of their nightmares.