April 15, 2022
Philadelphia is a hallowed mascot city.
The Phanatic is the gold standard that all mascot should be held up against. The brief period where Phillies fans saw a fugazi Phanatic walking around Citizens Bank Park is over, as the real Phanatic is back in South Philly. Across Pattison Avenue, there's Gritty. After being torn to shreds when first revealed, Gritty has since become a phenomenon both locally and national due to the mascot's 'WTF' nature.
There is a new mascot in town, however, trying to get in on the "amorphous creature" territory. The Philadelphia Stars, who will be playing in the revival of the United States Football League that starts on Saturday, unveiled their mascot earlier in the week, prompting a naming contest that would be played out in a Twitter poll:
HERE. WE. GO.— Philadelphia Stars (@USFLStars) April 14, 2022
The winning name of this poll will be the mascot’s official name 🙌
On Friday morning, the Stars announced the mascot would indeed be named Blob:
Dear Earth, meet Blob, the winner of our mascot name vote⭐️ pic.twitter.com/rq0YlmkZti— Philadelphia Stars (@USFLStars) April 15, 2022
I have to say, however, that Blob isn't the best name for this mascot. It was very clearly 'Chunky,' a nod to the cult hit Netflix sketch comedy series "I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson." If the Stars really wanted to endear themselves to Weird Philly Twitter, naming the mascot 'Chunky' would've been iconic:
chunky new year. figure out what you do. you have all year to think of it pic.twitter.com/9R2fJrQIBT— I think you should leave turbo team (@ITYSL) January 1, 2020