Mascots are to sports, what clowns are to the circus—minus the creepiness and infamous serial-killer connection. The mascot is supposed to play to role of entertainer and icebreaker.
Every sport features intermissions and other pauses in the action, so someone...or something...has to keep whoever is paying attention happy. And when you consider all the forces working against them, it's an admirable—if thankless—job.
Not only does performing this duty usually entail putting on a heavy, hot and ridiculous-looking costume, but they're facing a crowd that is often equal parts angry and inebriated. Furthermore, there are few feats more difficult to pull off than actually being funny when thousands of people know that's your only goal.
Sometimes the guy or gal sweating in the musty confines of a costume can pull it off as planned, but more often than not, success comes in a form as old as mankind: their expense (or someone else's).
Whether falling flat on their foam-rubber face or picking a fight with the only other dude in the stadium with a tail, there is no shortage of moments when mascots achieve comedy gold, even if it wasn't scripted.
These are the 25 funniest mascot videos in sports.