The thing about mascots that is fun is that there aren't really any rules.
A mascot can be a tree, a green guy from the Galapagos Islands, a bulldog, or even a giant orange fluffy creature that squeaks.
The city of Philadelphia has had the pleasure (?) of introducing a gaggle of new mascots over the past few months, from the Union's new snake with arms to the Flyers' instant legend Gritty.
And Friday, the resurgent lacrosse team in town, the Wings of the National Lacrosse League, introduced a mascot of their own.
He/she/it is definitely a lax bro:
Sup bros? pic.twitter.com/0gVSEXvSo5
— Wingston (@WingstonNLL) November 9, 2018
And it is already pals with the cool kids in town:
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 9, 2018
Wingston was introduced to the world today in Philadelphia and all of its furry and feathery friends were there.
— Chelsey Scalese (@ChelseyScalese) November 9, 2018
So what is Wingston exactly? You never know with mascots these days.
We attempted to confirm that it is a bird but have yet to do so. Here are the details we can confirm from the team:
Wingston's nearly 7-foot frame is covered in soft golden fur with a feathery tuft of fire-engine-red lax flow on the top of his head that swoops from side to side while he makes diving plays at the net. Wingston boasts golden wings on either side of his delightfully oversized head. Dotted with three large jewels, Wingston's tail is his defining feature. The presence of the red, black and silver jewels is in homage to the Wings rich history, representing the three reincarnations of the team, dating back to 1974.
Dressed in his signature black, charcoal and red Wings jersey, game shorts and sneakers, Wingston is always ready for a catch or to take shots on net. Wingston represents Philadelphia well, sporting no. "215" on the back of his jersey. His unique ability to spin his head 360 degrees around gives him an advantage over the competition, allowing him to see the game from every angle.
Welcome to Philly, Wing bird! Fans can catch Wingston in action at the team's home opener on December 15 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Wings, feathers, a tail, spinning its head around on a swivel. Sounds like a bird to me.
Fans can see Wingston in action on Dec. 15 when the team plays its home opener against the Buffalo Bandits at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.