Hip-Hop "outta hare" as Sixers mascot?

What's up with this mascot? The 76ers have abandoned the uniform style worn here byHip-Hop. Now would be a good time for the team to drop the rabbit, too.
What's up with this mascot? The 76ers have abandoned the uniform style worn here byHip-Hop. Now would be a good time for the team to drop the rabbit, too. (JERRY LODRIGUSS / File photograph)
Posted: October 20, 2011

New Sixers ownership has ever-dyspepsic Philly fans hoping for all sorts of changes - including axing Hip-Hop.

Even if a league website calls him "the coolest mascot in the NBA."

This morning, WIP (94 FM) host Angelo Cataldi, appearing on CBS3, held up a bowl to illustrate what the big-eared bunny's next role should be: "Rabbit stew!" he bellowed.

"Lame and stale, like the mascot version of planking," wrote Comcast SportsNet's John Gonzalez, declaring even no replacement would be an improvement.

"Dresses like a criminal" and "freakish muscles" were among comments here at the office, although, in fairness, doesn't the big bunny deserve props for his acrobatic trampolining dunks (can Swoop even kick a field goal?) and for being a step up from his predecessor, a waddling blob called Big Shot?

Fans wishing for a better character/actor can cite some media-greeting words from New York billionaire Joshua Harris, head of a new ownership group that includes film star/West Philly homeboy Will Smith.

"We are committed to providing our fans with the most entertaining in-game experience in the NBA," Harris said.

He already dumped general manager Ed Stefanski.

Can Hip-Hop be far behind?


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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