Professional and collegiate athletics represent the highest levels of competition and skill. Some say they also provide the only real drama left on TV. But for some reason, we've been led to believe that they wouldn't be complete without grown men running around in oversized, weirdly terrifying costumes.
Take our furry friend above; he's a truly fitting mascot because everyone knows how much bears love them some smooth jazz. Oh, and just so he looks less threatening and more mentally underdeveloped, let's be sure to put his tiny eyes super close together.
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The iconic Mr. T took a lot of flak on ESPN (and, subsequently, on the net) after his appearance yesterday at Wrigley Field, throwing out the opening pitch for the Chicago Cubs on Memorial Day and leading the crowd in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
But give T a break. The blame rests squarely on the Cubbies. What the heck does Mr. T have to do with Memorial Day? Wearing the stars and stripes as pants was the only way he could look relevant. Sure, he briefly served in the Army, but is this really how the city of Chicago wants to pay their respects to America's fallen… with '80's nostalgia and empathetic ogling of a fallen celebrity?
"I pity the Cubs' promotional department's sensibilities."
[via Best Week Ever]