After the recent stories about the New Orleans Pelicans and their terrifying mascots — first Pierre, then King Cake Baby — I figured now is as good a time as any to delve into some of the weirdest mascots in sports. Specifically, 9 of the most bizarre mascots in college sports... plus one more, just for fun:
#1 Blue Blob
Mascot for: Xavier University
Background: Prior to the Blue Blob, Xavier University's mascot was a musketeer — which scared little children. So the school needed another mascot, something more kid-friendly. Blue Blob was born. The university now has two mascots, D'Artagnan the Musketeer and Blue Blob. Since its creation in the 1980s, Blue Blob has made several appearances, including a controversial Playboy article. So much for kid-friendly?
Why it's weird: For starters, it's a blue blob. It's relatively harmless to look at, aside from the fact that its existence has no purpose or connection to Xavier whatsoever. What's more: the mascot has a 22-inch tongue that hangs inside of the blob's mouth — that is, until the person inside uses his or her arm to operate it. The tongue is frequently used to lick children and fans. That's weird.
Like last week, the next few days of this week are going to be quite busy, with a lot of activity in concerts, sports, and theater. However, one of the onsales we'll be paying particular attention to is that of the New York Yankees. That's because single game tickets for Yankees home games go on sale this coming Monday, February 24.
Of course, we're really interested to see how well Yankees tickets sell in light of Derek's Jeter's recent announcement that he is retiring after the upcoming season. I don't think anybody doesn't think they'll sell extremely well — the final home game and final regular season game ought to do particularly well — but we are excited to see how the retirement affects demand.
We already have some preliminary answers to that. More than a week after the announcement, prices have spiked. Last Friday, I noted that the average selling price for Jeter's last home game on September 25 had risen almost $250 from before the announcement to after it. Today I can report that the after-announcement selling price is now $505, almost $100 more than seven days ago.
Earlier today, longtime New York Yankees player Derek Jeter announced he'll say farewell to baseball following his 2014 MLB season. The shortstop is entering his 20th season with the Yankees this spring. Jeter is a five-time World Series champion, a 13-time All Star, and the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits with 3,316.
Jeter released a statement on his official Facebook page to deliver the news. In it, he called his 2013 a "tough one" (citing a broken ankle) but noted he came to the conclusion months ago that this season would, indeed, be his last.
He wrote, "I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx."
Jeter's final game will be Sept. 28 at Fenway Park, with his final game at Yankee Stadium taking place Sept. 25.
Last week I took a look at the post-AFC/NFC average selling price for Broncos-Seahawks tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com. In the six days since then, the post-AFC/NFC championship average price has gone slightly up and is now $2,657, compared to $2,847 last week. This suggests that the game is not as popular as sellers were hoping, even if a bit more than last year.
Last time I also took a look at the post-AFC/NFC average selling price for Broncos-Seahawks tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com, and found they were up about 18% compared to last year. Although the average is still higher than last year, the gap has closed considerably. With the additional six sales days factored in, it is now only 5% higher. With the natural drop in ticket prices that usually occurs as any event approaches, this margin may close even more as we approach game day.
So the conference championships are over and football's biggest game is soon to be here. Are you excited? It appears that ticket sellers are quite excited for the upcoming game.
A look at initial sales for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks game shows that, for tickets sold after the AFC and NFC championships were over, and up until the end of yesterday, the average selling price for tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com was $2,847. That's up about 18% versus the same period last year, when the average was $2,413.