From the Premier League to the NFL - The Most Forgettable Mascots in the World

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Discover the most forgettable sports mascots, including Kansas City Royals' Sluggerrr. See which mascots didn't make the cut in fans' memories.

From the Premier League to the NFL - The Most Forgettable Mascots in the World
Steve Madgwick Editor-In-Chief

Editor-In-Chief with 20 years experience covering the betting angles to breaking news stories. Daily slots player, Portsmouth fan and League Snooker Player

Major and Premier League mascots are iconic in a lot of instances, endearing themselves to fans of all ages and getting behind their team throughout the games while also taunting opposition fans and players. 

Not all mascots are fan favorites though and with National Mascots Day falling on June 17th, as a sports betting site, we wanted to find out which mascots were the most forgettable. 

Ever wondered which sports mascots are the least memorable?

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Using results from the quiz website Sporcle, we analysed mascots across the Premier League, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and College sports. The data found that Kansas City Royals’ beloved Sluggerrr was the most forgotten mascot. Despite making his debut back in 1996, only 38% of people managed to remember the “King of the Jungle” during the 1 minute 30 quiz.

The most forgettable mascots in the world

The table below shows the most forgettable mascots across the Premier League, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

Mascots Team % of quizzed who remembered
Sluggerrr Kansas City Royals 38%
Nordy Minnesota Wild 41.90%
Spartacat Ottawa Senators 43.40%
Boomer Indiana Pacers 44.10%
Blitz Seattle Seahawks 44.90%
Louie  St. Louis Blues 46%
Chomps Cleveland Browns 47.70%
Who Dey Cincinnati Bengals 48.10%
Hooper Detroit Pistons 50%
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The most forgettable mascots in the NFL

While “the 12th man” is famous in Seattle, the Seahawks’ official mascot is lesser known nationwide. Their official mascot, Blitz, was the most forgotten in the NFL, with just under 45% managing to name the Seahawk. 

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The table below shows the most forgettable mascots in the NFL.

Names Team % of quizzed who remembered
Blitz Seattle Seahawks 44.90%
Chomps Cleveland Browns 47.70%
Who Dey Cincinnati Bengals 48.10%
Miles Denver Broncos 51%
T-Rac Tennessee Titans 51.20%
Air Swoop Philadelphia Eagles (inflatable version of Swoop) 51.50%
Swoop Philadelphia Eagles 52%
Taima Seattle Seahawks (live hawk, not a costumed mascot) 54.50%
Rampage Los Angeles Rams 55.40%
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The most forgettable mascots in the NBA

When looking at the NBA, Boomer was the most forgettable mascot, with 55.9% of quizzers forgetting the Indiana Pacers cat. 

However, after the Pacers’ strong season, which saw them reach the Eastern Conference Finals, maybe Boomer’s fame will rise.

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However, Benny the Bull was ranked as the most memorable mascot in major league sports. The Chicago Bulls’ Benny has been part of the iconic franchise for over 50 years, and a whopping 91.9% of sports fans managed to correctly name him. 

The table below shows the most forgettable mascots in the NBA

NBA Team % of quizzed who remembered
Boomer Indiana Pacers 44.10%
Hooper Detroit Pistons 50%
Champ Dallas Mavericks 51.90%
Rufus D. Lynx Charlotte Bobcats 52.50%
Franklin Philadelphia 76ers 53.80%
Sir CC Cleveland Cavaliers 53.90%
Burnie Miami Heat 58.80%
Sir Slam a Lot Detroit Pistons 59.60%
Hip Hop Philadelphia 76ers 62.80%
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The most forgettable mascots in the MLB

According to our overall ranking, the Kansas City Royals’ beloved Sluggerrr was the most forgotten mascot in MLB, with only 38% of quizzers remembering the loveable Lion.

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The table below shows the most forgettable mascots in MLB.

MLB Team % of quizzed who remembered
Sluggerrr Kansas City Royals 38%
Clark Chicago Cubs 51.70%
Ace Toronto Blue Jays 52.80%
Dinger Colorado Rockies 53.80%
Gapper Cincinnati Reds 54.40%
Junior Toronto Blue Jays 56.40%
Slider Cleveland Guardians 56.80%
Stomper Oakland Athletics 59.50%
Southpaw Chicago White Sox 61.30%
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The most forgettable mascots in the NHL

The NHL’s most forgotten mascot took second overall as just 41.9% remembered Nordy, who can be spotted at Minnesota Wild games. 

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The table below shows the most forgettable mascots in the NHL.

NHL Team % of quizzed who remembered
Nordy Minnesota Wild 41.90%
Spartacat Ottawa Senators 43.40%
Louie  St. Louis Blues 46%
Blades Boston Bruins 50.60%
Winger Washington Capitals 52.20%
Slapshot Washington Capitals 53.30%
Stormy Carolina Hurricanes 54.10%
Hunter Edmonton Oilers 54.40%
Stanley C. Panther Florida Panthers 54.50%
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The most forgettable mascots in the Premier League

In Premier League football, the most forgotten mascot is Tottenham Hotspurs' Chirpy the Cocker, as only 62.2% remembered Chirpy. However, Chirpy does well to be the 52nd most forgettable mascot in our overall rankings.

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The table below shows the most forgettable mascots in Premier League football.

Prem Team % of quizzed who remembered
Chirpy the Cockerel Tottenham Hotspur 62.20%
Hercules Aston Villa 68.40%
Sammy Saint Southampton 72.20%
Baggie Bird West Bromwich Albion 73%
Monty the Magpie Newcastle United 74.10%
Cherry Bear AFC Bournemouth 75.10%
Moonchester Manchester City 77.30%
Pottermus Stoke City 80.40%
Pete the Eagle Crystal Palace 80.50%
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Methodology

We analysed results relating to Major League and Premier League mascots using the quiz website Sporcle.com. The quiz lasted 1 minute 30 per, the nation had to try to guess the mascots' names from pictures shown to the quizzes.

Forgotten mascots were ranked in order of the percentage of participants who failed to correctly name them in their answers during the period provided.

Creating Mascots For Sports Teams Using AI

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While mascots don’t necessarily impact the outcome of a sports game, they provide teams with a form of identity and branding that likely no player can provide. Most teams in the four main sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) already have mascots, but 12 of them don’t. Surprisingly or not, big-market teams like the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves mascot-less. But what if they weren’t?

Leveraging this innovative technology, we looked at whether AI could create mascots for different sports teams by prompting it to provide thorough descriptions of how these teams’ mascots should appear. These descriptions were then designed to realize what AI created. We asked the general public to provide their thoughts to judge these mascot designs. Continue reading to see the AI-generated team mascots and whether people thought they were valid.

Key Takeaways

  • Respondents' average approval rating for all AI-generated team mascots was 5.24 10, with the Golden State Warriors mascot receiving the highest rating (6.4 10).
  • Respondents felt the Golden State Warriors mascot best represented the team (72.8/100), while the Los Angeles Dodgers mascot was the worst representation.
  • Respondents felt the Los Angeles Angels mascot was the most realistic, while the Los Angeles Dodgers mascot was the least realistic.

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Generated for the Gridiron

Of the 32 NFL teams, four are without mascots: the Washington Football Team, the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, and the New York Jets. Let us see what AI came up with.


Of the four NFL mascots AI designed, respondents rated the Washington Football Team mascot the highest, with a score of 5.4 out of 10, and the New York Jets mascot the lowest, with a score of 4.4 out of 10. Respondents also felt the weasel-like mascot represented the Washington Football Team slightly better (54.2/100) than the New York Giants’ “macho” mascot (53.5/100) and much better than either the Mogwai for the Green Bay Packers (42.7/100) or the mythical creature for the New York Jets (39.5/100). Even though the Washington Football Team and New York Giants mascots were perceived to be more realistic than the two other mascots (48.8/100 and 52.9/100, respectively), respondents were not overly impressed with the realism of any of the AI-generated NFL mascots.


Created for the Court

Of the 30 NBA teams, four are without mascots: the Golden State Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Knicks. How did AI describe new mascots for these big-market teams?

Of the four NBA mascots AI designed, respondents rated the Golden State Warriors mascot the highest, with a score of 6.4 out of 10, and the New York Knicks mascot the lowest, with a score of 4.6 out of 10. Respondents also felt the four-armed warrior represented the Golden State Warriors (72.8/100) far better than any other NBA mascot, and any other team mascot for that matter. Even though the Golden State Warriors (53.1/100) and Los Angeles Lakers (52.3/100) mascots were perceived to be more realistic than the two other mascots, respondents clearly weren’t convinced about their realism either.

Made for the Mound

Of the 30 MLB teams, three are without mascots: the Los Angeles Angels, the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. What did AI think of for these baseball franchises?


Of the three MLB mascots AI designed, respondents gave the Los Angeles Angels mascot the highest overall rating, with a score of 6 out of 10, and the Los Angeles Dodgers mascot the lowest, with a score of 3.9 out of 10. However, respondents felt the red-bearded man represented the Los Angeles Angels (57.7/100) less effectively than the blue man for the New York Yankees (61.3/100). The banana-headed octopus humanoid for the Los Angeles Dodgers was, apparently, way off the mark in this respect (33.7/100). The Los Angeles Angels mascot stole the show as the most realistic mascot of the three (70.5/100).


Enter the Kraken

Of the 31 NHL teams, only the Seattle Kraken, a newly created franchise, is without a mascot. Not only did we ask AI to create the Kraken mascot, but we also wanted to see AI’s attempt to try and replace Gritty, the relatively new Philadelphia Flyers mascot.

Respondents rated the dragon-tailed, shark-suited mascot for the Seattle Kraken a 6 out 10. They felt it represented the team name fairly well above average (61.7/100) and that it was slightly more realistic than otherwise (54.4/100).

Do people feel Gritty should be replaced? At first glance, we see that respondents rated Gritty higher (6.6 out of 10) than the AI-generated pirate mascot (5.9 out of 10). However, when asked whether the mascot created by AI better represents the Philadelphia Flyers, 46.7% agreed, while 38.7% disagreed. Respondents’ split perception was confirmed when asked whether Gritty should be replaced with this new mascot, to which 43.4% were on the side of keeping the current mascot, and 43.2% were on the side of replacement.

Would AI-Designed Mascots Be Supported?

Clearly, people were quite conflicted about the AI-designed team mascots. Beyond the ratings of approval they gave to each mascot, the majority of people felt either indifferent or negative when asked how well these creations represented their respective teams and how realistic they were. It doesn’t seem like we will see a banana-octopus hybrid representing the Los Angeles Dodgers anytime soon.

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AI’s creativity in designing team mascots is truly something else. If you know of anyone who may enjoy seeing these hypothetical mascots, feel free to share this article with them. We just ask that you do so for noncommercial use only and to provide a link back to the original page so contributors can earn credit for their work.


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