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As much as the teams and players, certain sports teams' mascots endear themselves to their fans. Their appearance and antics make them as much a part of a franchise's identity as hall of famers, coaches and stadia.

Here's a list of favorite mascots. Please feel free to comment on those listed, or even add others that you feel are especially memorable.
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1. Board Game: Chicken Cha Cha Cha [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1038]
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The Chicken

By far the most famous sporting mascot is actually a free agent, touring the U.S. with guest appearances. Originally a promotional character for a San Diego area radio station, Ted Giannoulas has donned the famous suit for over 35 years.

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2. Board Game: Zooloretto: The Gorilla [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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The (Phoenix) Suns Gorilla

How do you tie in a basketball team, a desert city and a gorilla mascot? Who cares?! The Gorilla has entertained Suns fans with his acrobatics, including trampoline-assisted slam dunks.

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3. Board Game: Expos: Arts, Business, & Collections [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Youppi!

Originally the mascot of the Montreal Expos baseball team, this bizarre, orange-furred character was a fixture at Olympic Stadium. His dancing and jumping made him the first mascot thrown out of a baseball game!



When the Expos relocated and became the Washington Nationals, Youppi! remained in Montreal, becoming the adopted mascot of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.

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The (Philadelphia) Phillie Phanatic

Another bizarre creation, this green furred creature has gyrated, flopped and carried on for over 30 years in the City of Brotherly Love.

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5. Board Game: Syracuse in a Box [Average Rating:3.33 Unranked]
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Otto the Orange

The mascot of Syracuse University plays on the school colors and team name, The Orangemen. This animated piece of fruit is one of the most distinctive mascots in all of sports.

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6. Board Game: To Make Georgia Howl! [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Uga

Uga is the acronym for the University of Georgia (U-GA), and the given name to the school's mascot, an English Bulldog.

Uga VII passed in the middle of last year's football season, and his successor has yet been selected.

 
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7. Board Game: Twelve Teepees Memory [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Chief Noc-A-Homa

The former mascot of the Atlanta Braves performed a victory dance around his tee-pee (located in the right field bleachers) after a Braves home run.



Fans believed that when stadium owners would take down the tee-pee (to make room for seating for the Atlanta Falcons football team, which shared the stadium the Braves played in), this would upset the Indian spirits, resulting in losses for the Braves. The Braves would often stumble and lose many games late in the season, soon after the tee-pee was taken down.
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8. Board Game: The Trojan War [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:8047]
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Traveler

Like Uga, Traveler is a living mascot, a white-coated horse upon which rides a Trojan warrior (symbolic of the University of Southern California's teams, the Trojans). Currently, Traveler VII is seen along the sidelines at USC home games.

Curiously, the horse is named, while the rider is NOT. The rider is not representative Tommy Trojan (the famous bronze statue located on the USC campus).



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9. Board Game: Schnapp die Wurst [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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The Racing Sausages

While the official mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers is Billy Brewer, the regularly-held sausage races in Milwaukee made headlines in 2003, when a visiting player jokingly struck one with a baseball bat, toppling the young woman in the top-heavy costume. When that player returned to Milwaukee (having been traded to another club), his new teammates mockingly restrained him as the costumed racers ran past the visiting dugout.

Today, there are 5 sausages, a German Bratwurst, a Polish Kielbasa, an Italian sausage, a plain, ol' hot dog, and the newest addition, a Mexican Chorizo.

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10. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:613]
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The Calgary Flames hockey team has a very famous mascot, named Harvey the Hound:



This guy does (especially in the "early" years at the Saddledome) an insane number of what I can only refer to politely as "Crotch-busters".
Have you ever heard 20,000 people go "Oooohh!!!! (mixed with "Owwwww!!!") at the same time, while watching a mascot goof around? It happened more than once, I can assure you.

Harvey is also (in)famous for his long red tongue, since (then coach of the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames biggest rival) Craig McTavish grabbed a hold of it during a game and yanked it out of his mouth while Harvey was bent down over the glass above the Oiler's player's bench.

Not just a local hero, Harvey's creator went into the sports mascot business, designing costumes for teams AND included training (routines) for the people who would be inside of them.
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11. Board Game: Gopher Greens [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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I would be remissed if I did not also submit the Saskatchewan Roughriders mascot, in the Canadian Football League, Gainer the Gopher:



Everyone in sports knows that the home fans are usually referred to as the "extra man" on the team:the "12th man" in soccer, the "7th man" in hockey, the "13th man" in CFL football, etc.

Gainer is worshipped (yes, worshipped) by the people of the province next to mine. He regularly whips the 30,000 people in the stands (and perhaps even more watching on television) into a frenzy so loud that the players have to rely on visual cues from the QB. In the playoffs, especially, this happens on every defensive down.

Completely nutso, but I've got to hand it to him/ them.
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12. Board Game: Monopoly: Swansea [Average Rating:3.33 Unranked]
Luke Morris
England
Faversham
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Cyril the Swansea Swan.

Starts fights like all good English football mascots should.





From wiki:
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Cyril the Swan is a fictional giant swan, the official mascot of Swansea City Association Football Club.
Cyril was voted Best Mascot by readers of the BBC's Match of the Day magazine. His antics have got him into trouble with the police on several occasions (mainly for fighting with other mascots and stewards), and he has been accused of bringing the game into disrepute.
Highlights of his troublesome antics include removing the head of Millwall Mascot "Zampa The Lion", and drop-kicking it along the ground. On a Dutch TV documentary, when asked what he said to Zampa he replied "Don't fuck with the Swans". The Swan was fined 1000 pounds for the incident
Cyril appeared as the pet of the Emperor of China, in a British pantomime of Aladdin. As a mute swan, he does not give interviews.
Cyril married Cybil the Swan at the Vetch field which lead to the production of a range of soft toys being created in time for the move from the Vetch to the new Liberty Stadium, since then a full range of merchandise has been made and is available through the Swans shop
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13. Board Game: Bango [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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My favorite sport, my favorite team, my favorite mascot.

I was there, live, for this stunt. Really, just insane.

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14. Board Game: Baltimore in a Box [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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For me, the best mascot was for my favorite team growing up, the Baltimore Orioles! The Bird was a staple at every O's game. I'd make the trek from Detroit to Baltimore, just to catch a weekend series at old Memorial Stadium.

The Bird for the win!



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