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COUNTERPOINT: The Union mascot is a great idea (as long as it’s a moose)

Jan 3, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

source:  Earlier in the day, Steve Moore — both a hardcore soccer fan and Philadelphia Union supporter — wrote strongly of his opinion that the organization potentially looking into the idea of a team mascot is a very bad idea. This is a counter point.

The Philadelphia Union may be putting out feelers as to how some of their fans would feel about the team adopting a mascot. This is great news.

A Philadelphia Union mascot would be totally awesome! As long as the mascot is a moose.

Now, some hardcore supporters may be against any idea of a mascot, but whatever. Steve’s a fan. I’m a fan. We may not be fans in the same way, but my butt fills just about the same amount of seat space at PPL Park every fourth or fifth game.

Critics may say, “But a mascot is bush-league and no legit sports franchise would ever need to stoop to such levels.

Yeah, you may have a point EXCEPT:


Okay, now that we got that out of the way, why would a moose mascot be totally awesome for the Union?

You want a mascot that represents an important part of your local history or the history of a tropical island a couple thousand miles away. Either or.

We all know the Union need to be a frugal franchise while they’re still in the organization’s relative infancy. No need to spend any more money on focus groups when they can’t even afford a legit left back. Just take what the truly spectacular work Adam Aaron did with the Sixers and run with it. Phil E. Moose already has the hearts of Philadelphians.

Not many people know this, but back in the late 1700′s, moose were roaming all over the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas. It was actually a moose with a lit cigar stuck between its antlers that helped guide the way on the famed frigid night when George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River.


On the Delaware River.



“Moose leading Washington Crossing” unearthed by Zoo with Roy

So there’s your history.

Now, if you don’t like my moose idea. Fine. I don’t really care if the Union have a mascot or not. But my two year-old nephew might enjoy it, so I won’t write the idea off while the team is in the INFORMATION GATHERING phase of things.

Some mascots are cool.

All moose are cool.

  1. Craig - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    I dislike mascots generally, although I give the Phanatic a pass because he’s awesome. Also, in baseball, there are more breaks in the action and the game moves at a more leisurely pace, unlike soccer where there is always activity. I say “no” to any Union mascot.

  2. Mike - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    I am pretty sure that the plural of moose is moosen

    • 33 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM


  3. adtwenty2 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    That picture is inaccurate. Neither the Commodore Barry Bridge nor PPL Park are anywhere to be seen.

  4. DonClarko - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    The Wilmington Blue Rocks have had Rocky Bluewinkle for almost 20 years. He’s great and all, but how many meeses in the DE Valley are too many meeses?

    • Edwin Stone - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      The Seattle Mariners have had the “Mariners’ Moose” as their mascot for decades.

  5. LCBline - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Put some actual soccer skill on this team instead of starting Danny Cruz and a mediocre/poor lineup and a mascot becomes a moot point.

    • Joe - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      You mean a moose point?

  6. TS - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Since they’re the Union, shouldn’t it be the giant inflatable rat?

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  8. officialgame - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    I would prefer naming a horses ass for team mascot. At least the cheap ass owners could afford that.

  9. TSA - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    It should be called Commodore, as in the Commodore Barry Bridge.


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