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The Sixers unveiled a mascot race over the weekend featuring Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and a cracked bell

Jan 13, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

source:  The sports world is in an uproar over the Chicago Cubs unveiling a mascot on Monday known as Clark the Cub. But they weren’t the only major sports franchise to introduce a ridiculous mascot of sorts this week.

The Philadelphia 76ers followed in the great tradition of racing things such as encased meats in tube form, American Presidents, and of course, SEPTA buses in between periods when they hosted the Knicks this weekend.

What did the Sixers add to the grand racing tradition at sporting events? Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, and a Liberty Bell with legs.

Call it colonial themed intermission entertainment.

This isn’t Phil E. Moose or even B. Franklin Dogg, and they weren’t introduced with the fanfare worthy of former Sixers’ CEO Adam Aaron, but make no mistake, there were humans wearing giant heads of historic figures and that of a bell on the court at the Wells Fargo Center over the weekend for your entertainment.

The Liberty Bell pulled an MJ flu game type performance in its debut and won the race despite running the whole thing with a cracked lip.

  1. skadoooosh - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    lame, would rather see the dancers run

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    • 2sentz - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Idunno, Betsy’s pretty saucy when her skirt rides up running full speed.

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  2. Franchise - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I would rather see them get rid of the asshole revolutionaries. They completely ruin the game if you’re sitting near them.

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  3. hmmm - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Why is Betsy Ross Asian?!?!

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  4. Physics. Or something. - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    There’s a reason this is usually done on a large baseball field with lots of open space and not a basketball court full of other people…

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  5. 2sentz - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    This looks like the highlight of ever Sixers game. Can the bell post up?

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  6. philsoc8 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I was at the game and was in shock that they would so blatantly rip off the Nationals (who, of course, ripped off the Brewers).
    It doesn’t really work because the court is not a natural place to run a lap around, plus there was a lot of other people and objects on the court.
    Finally, the crowd were at least 50% Knicks fans, so hard to take too much from their reaction.

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