This is what happens when you let Philly sports fans pick a name.
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Philadelphia’s USFL team won’t play in its hometown for at least two years, but the Stars, who begin their season today as part of the experimental spring football league, found an early way to endear themselves to fans. .
The franchise allows people vote on how to call the pet, and actually got the winning answer. Yep, the newest sports icon in town is called the Blob.
It’s a fitting name for the amorphous red creature, which looks like what you’d get if McDonald’s Grimace had a baby with a giant Minion. (Other options were “Astro” and “Cosmo”, both deadly boring.) The mischievous expression on Blob’s face falls somewhere between Gritty’s provocative look and Phanatic’s cheerful smile. oh and that he likes to twerk.
The Blob’s backstory hasn’t really been fleshed out, but he was described as “out of this world”, like stars, you know? – so obviously it’s an alien of some kind. What really matters: Philly loves it.
Those who remember Gritty’s introduction may recall that all it takes is a few negative statements from outsiders to make a mascot loved by Phillies.
That cycle didn’t even get a chance to play out in this case, thanks to the Stars leaning into how ridiculous their pet was from the start. Even people who aren’t from Philly say his heart lies with Blob.
Only slightly more is known about the actual Philadelphia United States Soccer League team than its mascot.
Although there is no official link between them, the Stars name matches the Philadelphia team in the previous iteration of the USFL, which played from 1983 to 1985.
Back then, the franchise had a whole collection of mascots, furry orange creatures with red hair called North Star, Movie Star, Shooting Star, Star Dipper, and Pegasus.
Will the current incarnation last more than three seasons? It is run by president Brian Woods, who for the past several years ran the Spring League, described as the closest thing to the minors in professional football. Supporters say a deal with Fox and NBC to broadcast the games is a main difference between it and the XFL that fell through twice.
The Philadelphia Stars are one of eight inaugural franchises in two divisions, North and South. Each team will play the full 10-game season in Birmingham, Alabama, followed by a postseason in Canton, Ohio, with the championship scheduled for mid-June.
- michigan panthers
- New Jersey Generals
- philadelphia stars
- pittsburgh maulers
- Birmingham Stallions
- houston players
- New Orleans Breakers
- Tampa Bay Bandits
Philly makes his debut against the Breakers, who have a real unpleasant looking pet called Dave the Wave.
Points at our amorphous hunk to kick icy brother’s butt at any time.
Wow stars. Say hello to Blob.