Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Thunder will be mascot-less

At least for a few months, according to The Oklahoman.

“There will not be a mascot at the start of the season,” said team spokesman Dan Mahoney. “It might not be ready until the second half of the season, maybe even after the All-Star break (in February). We’re going to take some time to develop it. We want to make sure it’s the right mascot and the design is right. We’re putting a lot of time and thought into it. You don’t get a second chance to do this. You can’t buy an NBA mascot costume off the rack.”

Oh Lord. I can hear the jokes and one-liners coming in waves after that quote. With the entire sports world hating the logo, most of it hating the name and about half hating the jerseys, I can only imagine the zingers that are to come from that. I think we can only handle a few unveilings at a time anyway. I don't think the state of Oklahoma can handle another public perception disaster anyway. If they had to rush into a mascot like they did with the name, the logo and the jerseys who knows what we would get?

A fat guy with "Thunder" written across his chest with two cardboard lightning bolts in each hand? A really offensive Indian that runs around with its bare butt exposed swinging a bloody tomahawk?

I say just let the Sooner Schooner double as the mascot. It's already one of the most loved, recognizable ones anyway. I'm sure David Boren wouldn't mind - especially if the Thunder would let some of Boren's prized National Merit scholars drive it.


Kris Bryant said...

This blog is starting to tick me off. If you and "the entire sports world" hate the team so much, would you kindly remove yourself from the OKC Thunder blogging community?

Royce said...

What are you talking about? I don't hate the team at all. I love the new team. I've dreamed about pro sports in Oklahoma for forever. Just the general public outside of Oklahoma isn't too big of a fan right now, and that's pretty easy to realize. I never said "the entire sports world" hates the team ever. I said the entire sports world hated the new logo.

Read my other posts. I'm Oklahoman through and through. I'm one of the few that defended and actually said he liked the new uniforms. I hope you keep reading. I'm trying to make this blog as informative and well done as I possibly can.