World of Sport

Sport’s weirdest mascots

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After the London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville were unveiled to a mixed reception, we look at some more great and not-so-great mascots from sporting history.

Athena and Phevos - The Greeks might be a bit hard up, but you would think they could have done better than Athena and Phevos for the 2004 Olympics.

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Waldi the dog - The fun-loving dachshund from the Munich 1972 Olympics was rubbish at the time but now actually has a certain retro cool.

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World Cup Willie - Here is a German fan waving a cardboard cut-out of the first World Cup mascot from 1966.

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Ciao / Goleo VI - Ciao (left) was a bit abstract, but the Italia '90 mascot was a sight better than Goleo from the 2006 World Cup (right). Some Germans moaned because lions have English and Dutch connotations. Others complained it was obviously just a man in a lion suit.

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Timber Jim - The Portland Timbers legend was a lunatic lumberjack who celebrated goals by firing up his chainsaw and cutting from a log. As you do.

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Paisley Panda - St Mirren's mangy bamboo-gobbler was sacked in 2003 after pretending to use a Falkirk shirt as toilet paper. He had previously gestured to Queen of the South fans with an inflatable sheep, danced in front of Morton fans with a banjo and playing the theme from Deliverance and disrupted Morton's warm-up by diving Klinsmann-style into a puddle of muddy water.

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Stanford Tree - One of the USA's most prestigious universities genuinely uses a bloke dressed as a tree as a mascot.

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Philly Phanatic - One of America's best-known figures of fun meets the Philadelphia Phillies' mascot.

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Rally Monkey - This monkey was shown on the Anaheim Angels' big-screen TV during numerous come-from-behind wins when the Angels won the 2002 World Series.

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Sausages - These sausages race at the end of the sixth inning in every Milwaukeee Brewers home game. On one occasion, an opposing player attacked the Italian sausage with his bat.

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Gunnersaurus - Rumour has it Arsene Wenger is considering flogging the venerable old dinosaur to Barcelona and replacing him with a younger version.

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Sammy the Tammy - The Dunfermline Atheltic mascot was rapped on the knuckles this year after he attempted to sledge down one of the stands at East End Park and veered off course.

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