Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  9 responses

Sixers Get Rid of Their Mascot ‘Hip Hop’

Hip Hop is dead; long live Hip Hop. The once-beloved Sixers mascot has been pushed out, with the team saying he’s no longer popular with fans or the new ownership group. From the Philly Inquirer: “Hip Hop is no more. Seeing as how there is no actual basketball to talk about during the NBA lockout, this qualifies as big Sixers news. After receiving hundreds of communications from fans, nearly all of them advocating the end of a symbol of a different era, the team’s new ownership will announce today that the never-beloved mascot has been put out to pasture, literally. To spare the sensibilities of the one or two children who weren’t scared to death by the rabbit, the team will say that Hip Hop fell in love, married and moved away to start a family. Apparently, it either was that or announce that they were going to boil him in a pot on a really big stove in a remake of ‘Fatal Attraction.’ A decade ago, with Allen Iverson as the face of the franchise and Pat Croce rappelling the Walt Whitman Bridge as the out-there owner, Hip Hop arrived as a replacement for another mascot, Big Shot (whose demise wasn’t exactly mourned, either, if memory serves). Big Shot was lumbering and dopey. Hip Hop was acrobatic and edgy. Then, it was the image they sought. But all of these years later, after all of the coaches and all of the losses, fans were nearly unanimous in the missives they sent to newsixersowner.com. Before the forum was closed, more than 6,500 comments were received on every conceivable Sixers topic, but hundreds focused specifically on the bunny.”

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  • http://twitter.com/yo_mister Jesse

    THANK GOD! Worst mascot in sports. So excited to never see him at games anymore whenever the season starts.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    New mascot ‘Indie Rock’ to be presented shortly.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    All this does is open the door for Will Smith to be the mascot. This would be a great move for the Sixers…and for myself. I’d love to meet him when I go to a Sixers game.

  • tomtom

    Sixers need a mascot?? Someone needs to tell Iverson there is a route back to the NBA.

  • TheNastyKidd

    As soon as I saw “Sixers and “Hip-Hop” in the same sentence I was about to make an AI joke. Thanks to tomtom, that ground is already covered.

  • LA Huey

    Jesse, worst mascot in sports? You should take a look at that gonorrhea infected member that the Heat have.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Haha @ tomtom.. Shawn Bradley used to play for the Sixers.. Dress him as a clown or something= sell-out every game.

  • All Day

    Hip-hop isn’t dead…it’s underground, back where it began.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Hip-hop just died this morning..