COUNTERPOINT: The Union mascot is a great idea (as long as it's a moose)

COUNTERPOINT: The Union mascot is a great idea (as long as it's a moose)

Earlier in the day, Steve Moore -- both a hardcore soccer fan and Philadelphia Union supporter -- wrote strongly of his opinion that the organization potentially looking into the idea of a team mascot is a very bad idea. This is a counter point.

The Philadelphia Union may be putting out feelers as to how some of their fans would feel about the team adopting a mascot. This is great news.

A Philadelphia Union mascot would be totally awesome! As long as the mascot is a moose.

Now, some hardcore supporters may be against any idea of a mascot, but whatever. Steve's a fan. I'm a fan. We may not be fans in the same way, but my butt fills just about the same amount of seat space at PPL Park every fourth or fifth game.

Critics may say, "But a mascot is bush-league and no legit sports franchise would ever need to stoop to such levels.

Yeah, you may have a point EXCEPT:

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, why would a moose mascot be totally awesome for the Union?

You want a mascot that represents an important part of your local history or the history of a tropical island a couple thousand miles away. Either or.

We all know the Union need to be a frugal franchise while they're still in the organization's relative infancy. No need to spend any more money on focus groups when they can't even afford a legit left back. Just take what the truly spectacular work Adam Aaron did with the Sixers and run with it. Phil E. Moose already has the hearts of Philadelphians.

Not many people know this, but back in the late 1700's, moose were roaming all over the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas. It was actually a moose with a lit cigar stuck between its antlers that helped guide the way on the famed frigid night when George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River.

WHERE IS PPL PARK LOCATED?

On the Delaware River.

Proof:

"Moose leading Washington Crossing" unearthed by Zoo with Roy

So there's your history.

Now, if you don't like my moose idea. Fine. I don't really care if the Union have a mascot or not. But my two year-old nephew might enjoy it, so I won't write the idea off while the team is in the INFORMATION GATHERING phase of things.

Some mascots are cool.

All moose are cool.

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P