SEATTLE — It was a throwaway line from the Sounders Annual Business Meeting. Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley was answering a question about how the Sounders go about investing in gameday operations. Wiley started to list off a number of traditions they have helped along from things like the March to the Match and “Scarves Up” to flamethrowers and streamers. Then he said this...
“Is there a mascot in our future? ... I love throwing out the mascot, very, very polarizing.”
Sure enough, chatter on social media was suddenly all about mascots. During a post-meeting scrum with reporters, Wiley was even asked some follow-ups. Wiley, one of the Sounders employees who has been with the team since the USL days, suggested bringing back Sammy Sounder. This idea actually seemed to be reasonably popular among those who weighed in on Twitter.
It should be said that owners Adrian Hanauer and Joe Roth almost immediately shot down the idea, with Roth going as far as to say “I hate it.” But it did get us thinking about the possibility: Should the Sounders at least consider adding a formal mascot, even if in some sort of limited capacity? What mascot should they use?
For the sake of this discussion, let’s assume that any mascot the Sounders choose wouldn’t necessarily have to be part of the in-game entertainment. They don’t need someone marching around the stadium revving a chainsaw or banging a drum. Maybe the mascot is limited to the concourse or even outside the stadium at places like the March to the Match. Let’s try to not get bogged down in those details.
Rather, let’s just talk about the mascot itself. Should the Sounders formally employ one and if so, what should it be?
What mascot should the Sounders have?
This poll is closed
None! It’s better the way it is now
Sammy Sounder: obviously
The Sasquatch: at least until we get the Sonics back
Eagle eating a pigeon: Joe Roth made it sound glorious
Thurston Howell V: a yachtsman is perfect
Flounder: troll the trolls, right?