And the crowd goes wild.
Love them or hate them, mascots have become a permanent fixture in the sports world. From baseball to basketball to soccer to the Olympics, mascots are always there to keep fans engaged and excited.
A good mascot will act as an extension of a team or event’s reputation and can become the face of that team or event. Good mascots adequately encapsulate the tenacity or ferocity associated with their teams.
Unfortunately, in the sporting world, there are many more terrible mascots than there are good ones.
Here is a list of the 30 most creepy, confusing or downright stupid mascots in all of sports.
The Blue Blob probably sounded like a good idea at the time. While this smiley blue orb of fur may be adorable to little kids, to the rest us, it’s just bizarre.
Still, The Blue Blob has his/her/its own bobble-head dolls, T-shirts and has even appeared in two ESPN commercials promoting SportsCenter.
Xavier University even has “Blue Blob Appreciation Night,” where fans can get up close with their favorite asexual furball.
This anthropomorphic Orca can be seen skating around Canucks home games shooting T-shirts out of an air cannon or blowing smoke out of the blowhole on his back.
Finn is also apparently fond of terrifying children by pretending to chomp down on their heads at games.
With a name like the Ducks, it must be really tough to find an intimidating mascot.
Anaheim’s solution? Go with something that looks like the love child of Daffy Duck and Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" movies.
Goleo is a lion who wears a jersey for the host country Germany, and he's accompanied by his sentient soccer ball sidekick Pille.
Strange doesn’t even begin to describe the choice to be represented by a lion that belongs on the cover of a romance novel.
Tampa Bay has made drastic improvements in the last decade to become one of the best teams in the American League. Unfortunately, many of the Rays’ home games look deserted due to constant problems with fan turnout.
Maybe it’s Raymond’s fault?
This furry creature has been described as a “sea dog,” whatever that may be. You have to kind of feel bad for Raymond, though. He can’t really do his job when all he is rallying are empty seats.
Everybody doesn’t always love Raymond.
When it came time to choose a mascot to best represent the Jazz, management decided to go with a menacing man-bear with dark, soulless eyes and a penchant for riding little bicycles.
Even though Bear has been known to dazzle crowds by riding a motorcycle and performing dazzling trampoline dunks, it doesn’t cover up just how he creepy he is.
The Saluki is an ancient Egyptian hunting dog, adopted by the team because the region that the school competes in is known colloquially as Little Egypt.
Maybe that’s why he looks like he has come back from the dead?
Even though Salukis were once worshipped as gods in Egypt, when put into an Illinois basketball arena, he looks a bit out of place.
This Ennis del Mar lookalike stepped out of the sprawling landscapes of Brokeback Mountain to rally America’s Team during games with chants and T-shirt cannons.
Rowdy also has a proclivity to spray fans and Cowboys’ personnel with his trademark water pistol.
I bet a number of fans wish the Dallas Cowboys organization could quit Rowdy.
Super Frog, TCU’s surly, spiked amphibian mascot, never misses a game for his Horned Frogs.
Fans couldn’t love their peculiar hero any more and graciously neglect the fact that it looks like someone tried to make their own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume.
It looks like snowboarder Shaun White and Simba from the Lion King had their first child.
This 7'0", stringy-haired warrior feline always gets the fans into the game by banging on his cowbell or by starting exciting chants.
Still, this bug-eyed cat is too strange with his permanent grin to be taken seriously.
St. Louis University has enlisted an albino bat boy to help get the crowds into their home games.
But he doesn’t have any wings. He doesn’t have any other features, for that matter.
With that permanent puzzled look on his face, Billiken must be trying to figure out exactly where he even came from.
The Cornhuskers are a team with massive amounts of fans all across the country. Any home games can get deafeningly loud and wild with the energy that Nebraska fans bring to the table.
Who does the university trust to keep that energy high?
An eight-year-old boy in red overalls.
This isn’t even clever.
Hip Hop and his backup dancers, the Hare Raisers, electrify Wachovia Center crowds with displays of acrobatic slam-dunks and dance routines.
Hip Hop makes sure to always keep moving by running around the court and flying high through the air.
If he stayed still, 76ers fans might get a good look at him and realize how terrible that costume is.
Miami may have a university-wide stellar sports program, but their mascot is a laughable, lanky bird in a sailor’s hat.
Sebastian can be seen leading his team out on to the field at every University of Miami home football game.
Fans may be too distracted by all of Miami’s success to reconsider their awful mascot.
This one is a blast from the past, as the Sonics' organization was dissolved and moved across the country.
Squatch was known for his dunking prowess and stunts that he performed during halftime.
Unemployed Squatch now spends his days working on his dunk routines on planet Kashyyk with his father, Chewbacca.
Okra is a flowering plant used in delicacies both internationally and in the United States.
Okra is even delicious.
Okra is not a suitable mascot.
Izzy was the genderless, shapeless and harmless representative of the Atlanta Summer Olympics.
The only problem is that it’s hard to like a mascot when you have no clue what it is.
Now after brutal media scrutiny, we can all safely say that choosing Izzy as the Olympic mascot was a terrible mistake.
This cyborg mallard was created in an attempt to provide a more masculine and intimidating alternative to the classic Donald Duck mascot Oregon already had.
Fortunately, it seems as if Roboduck’s tenure as an Oregon mascot has come to an end.
Can Roboduck even go in the water?
He’s not very pleasant.
He’s not cute.
He’s not furry.
The last thing anyone wants to see at a hockey game is a giant, angry insect running around.
The University of California, Santa Cruz couldn’t care less that a banana slug is the worst mascot on the face of the planet.
They embrace it.
Despite their best efforts to make the best of a bad situation, no one wants to be represented by a 7'0" slimy nuisance.
In 2005, the Washington Nationals hosted “Kids Opening Day” at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium where they play their home games.
That’s when they “hatched” their newest mascot, named Screech.
Screech appears to be some sort of elderly bald eagle.
Although they’ve tried to revamp Screech in the past few years, trying to make him appear more mature, all they’ve done is make him look adorable.
During the construction process of the Rockies’ Coors Field, reports that triceratops fossils were uncovered surfaced.
With the press swirling around this news, the Rockies ran with it.
This Barney-inspired dino looks ridiculous with his purple skin and brightly colored spots.
The WSU Shockers have been an up and coming school with their sports programs.
That’s with no thanks at all to this weird corn cannon they call a mascot.
WSU hoped that a more serious looking, scowling mascot would help give their reputation and image an edge.
I don’t think it worked.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ fans love their mustachioed longtime mascot, Bernie Brewer.
Why shouldn’t they? He has one of the best entrances of any mascot in professional sports. Bernie makes a splash, literally, by sliding down an enormous yellow slide into a vat of Milwaukee beer.
However, with his 1800s villain mustache and creepy bug-eyes, Bernie won’t be winning any beauty contests anytime soon.
Nobody really goes to see the Marlins play at Sun Life Stadium anymore.
If they did, they would see an 8'0" Marlin running around the field playing pranks on unsuspecting fans. Marlins’ management has described him as a “natural-born clown.”
What they failed to realize is that when you put limbs on a giant fish, something just looks off.
Fans who go to see their Chargers play in the typically beautiful San Diego weather also must stare at this creature for a few hours.
The whole mascot, from top to bottom, is just confusing. With a manic, frightening grin and yellow bulging muscles, Bolt Man stalks around doing his best to keep fans cheering on their team.
Half man, half lightning?
Wake Forest’s elderly mascot looks like he just finished his first year teaching Harry Potter’s classmates at Hogwarts.
Although one of the most iconic mascots in all of sports, you have to question why the Demon Deacon became popular in the first place.
The guy looks like an emo pilgrim.
This upright basketball-playing beast gets a chance to cheer on Kevin Durant and Co. during the Thunder’s home games.
The back-story involves a wild bison being struck by lightning. This is what gives him amazing basketball abilities, his unbeatable strength and his blazing speed. He also makes $8 an hour.
Although completely bizarre and horrifying, Rumble seems to be quite a hit with the ladies.
The world is anxiously counting down the days until the start of the 2012 London Olympics. When that time comes, this is what they will see.
Although whoever gave the go-ahead on this terrible idea was probably trying to create interesting characters from the future, they failed miserably and gave us these glorified stick figures instead.
Luckily, there is still plenty of time to reconsider.
You expected it to be in this spot for a reason.
This mascot is representative of the tree appearing on the official crest of Stanford University. Although it does show a piece of important history of one of the most prestigious schools in the country, it is a terrible idea for a mascot.
Every year, the tree seems to change a little bit. They change the hat that sits on the very top of tree, the placement of the wide eyes and the size of the smile glued to the front of the costume.
One thing they can’t seem to change is the fact that it’s still a tree.