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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Team name? Check. Logos? Check. Mascot?

Now that the team name and logos have been officially announced, Prodigal has decided to hold another contest. This time to name the mascot. Actually, a better way to describe it is a Create-a-Mascot contest. As there isn't an actual mascot to be named, it's a pretty fair assumption that they're going to create it based off of the name. Myself, I'd be fine without the team having a mascot, but that's just me. But thinking about it, what could be associated with the name "Baron"? Most likely, the first thing that comes to mind is Red Baron pizza. Or the Red Baron from Peanuts. A pilot and a dog dressed as a pilot. Is that something that could be used as a mascot? Evidently so. Doing a Google search, I found pictures of other Barons mascots.

This plane was the mascot of the Ocean City Barons(now the Nor'easters), a fourth-tier soccer team. Besides exceeding the non-controllable parts width(I'm sure people have been hit in the head by the wings as he went down flights of stairs), if it wasn't for the soccerball "wheels" and spinner, there's no soccer association, and I'm assuming the red plane is alluding to the Red Baron.

The Birmingham Barons mascot, a dog with it's tongue hanging out. With the goggles and the helmet, obviously alluding to the Red Baron.

So that brings me to our mascot. Unlike Ocean City and Birmingham, we have the history of oil barons. Will they decide to go with a human character like the Tulsa Oilers? Or like Ocean City and Birmingham, a characterized mascot such as a walking oil derrick? I'd rather they go with a human character. Other than the oil derrick, I can't think of anything else that would encompass Oklahoma's oil history.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

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