Vote for the New Sixers Mascot: Ben, Dogg, or Moose! Wait, What?

Vote for the New Sixers Mascot: Ben, Dogg, or Moose! Wait, What?

So, yeah, to answer your first question, that is a moose. And he's my vote for the Philadelphia 76ers' new mascot.

The team has opened this webpage that will allow you to pick between three options as to the successor of the now-deceased (but, if you're under a certain age, "just on vacation") Hip Hop.

Your potential mascots—who, bear in mind, were developed over time by multiple marketing and public relations firms and even have brief biographies so you might more fully connect with them on some type of meaningful emotional level—are...

[pictures, bios and a shocking amount of analysis below]

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1. Big Ben
From the Sixers: One of the most revered figures in American history, and a man who needs no introduction as an honorable representation of this city and nation, "Big Ben" Franklin will now come back to serve Philadelphia yet once again. An avid basketball fan, Big Ben was thrilled to be asked to join Philadelphia sports fans in cheering the 76ers on to greatness. As the Sixers new mascot, he will bring electricity to the Wells Fargo Center, and be a towering presence at Sixers games both figuratively and literally as he stands seven-feet tall.

2. B. Franklin Dogg
From the Sixers: The All-American pet, B. Franklin Dogg is a loyal Philadelphia resident who can be seen in artist drawings from the day nestled under the table beside Ben Franklin as he deliberated on the founding of the nation. In the revolutionary fervor of the times, B. Franklin Dogg proudly wore patriotic colonial garb to show his spirit. Over the years, B. Franklin Dogg was occasionally seen playing with a basketball around the historic landmarks of Philadelphia, before finally making his way down Broad St. to the Wells Fargo Center.

3. Phil E. Moose

From the Sixers: One of the most regal animals to roam the wild, Phil E. Moose certainly fits that bill, standing tall as he represents the Sixers (he stands over seven-feet tall in fact, with the antlers). In his youth, Phil E. Moose would often be seen dunking a basketball with ease, aided by his great height. Throughout his high school, collegiate and professional games, Phil E. Moose was a scoring star, and was excited to learn he had been "traded" to the 76ers in order to entertain fans during games at the Wells Fargo Center.

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I'm going to give you a second or two to let all that sink in and an opportunity for you to break whichever items in your immediate surroundings appear expendable.

Hand bandaged? Good.

Alright, let's be honest, none of these exactly speak to our previous hopes that the team would focus more on the on-the-court product and begin to limit some of the extraneous gar-bage to which ball fans have had to endure. Still, the moment the words "new mascot" were first announced, it made sense to prepare for, in some ways, more of the same.

So, with these options laid out for your vote, you can either stay on your high horse and turn up your nose to this sort of inane childishness, OR you can get on board with my campaign for Phil E. Moose.

See, I'm actually taking his non-existent relationship to anything Philadelphia and/or basketball as a plus. Phil could become the hipster candidate for mascot: he makes so little sense conceptually, it would be a crime not to vote for him. Each stoppage in play could be a reminder of that time we decided to be super-ironic and vote for this inexplicably eligible moose. Plus, just look at that face!

Though, if we're giving other candidates a fair shake, one would have to assume that B. Franklin's extra "g" is supposed to imply that he's rapping canine with an affinity for herb. Otherwise, he'd just be "B. Franklin Dog," right? We're calling him Poochie either way.

So...what do you think? Who will you vote for? Will you be voting at all? Is your hand still bleeding? What, specifically, did you break?

Let us know below and head over to the team's website to help decide which mascot costume you're the most willing to grin and bear.

Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.