This is what happens when the Indians game is postponed. You get stories on minor league mascots and rebranding.
There’s been a lot of discussion over the Akron Aeros’ rebranding as the Akron Rubber Ducks. I’ve heard some folks call the new logo “frightening.”
Others are just agitated that now all of their Akron Aeros gear is pretty much outdated and obsolete.
If you’re not a fan of the actual logo duck (perhaps you think he looks a little too mean and angry) you now have an alternative.
Meet hip, cool, just-named-duck-mascot Webster:
Does anyone happen to be a fan of The Simpsons? Particularly the Simpsons from 10+ years ago? Because when I saw this duck, I could only think of one notable character from the Simpsons:
There are a few differences between the two. First, Webster is lacking a surf board…he needs one so he can catch waves like a cool dude. (Speaking of cool dudes, I’m not even kidding about this – my husband changed his name in his e-mail account so everything you get from him comes from “Cool Dude.”) Back to my new pal Webster…Webster is also “Donald Ducking it” by going without pants, while Poochie is fully clothed. Akron duck also lacks Poochie’s one accessory – the fanny pack; the accessory of the cool and hip. Otherwise, there are a lot of general similarities – the cool-as-heck demeanor, the backwards hat and shades, the exposed thumb. Is it a thumbs up? Is it a surfer-dude thumb? Does it even matter? Both are gestures of the cool.
Webster supposedly will be unveiled at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday before Akron’s home opener against the Bowie Bay Sox. I should add that Webster was recently named in a contest with the fans. You, the Akron fan/viewer, got to give him the cool name he deserved…no…required. I guess Orbit hasn’t been kicked to the curb yet, because he’s supposed to be hanging with his pal Webster on Thursday, along with “Homer the pigeon.” I guess Homer is that giant inflatable purple thing. I never knew he was a pigeon until I read the article about Webster’s unveiling. I also didn’t know he had a name. Whoever told me that you learn something new every day wasn’t lying. Also, how many mascots does a team really need? At this rate, there will be a 3:1 fan to mascot ratio at Canal Park.
If you need some inspiration, go check out this old Simpsons clip when Poochie was added to the cast of Itchy and Scratchy.
Hey kids – always recycle…TO THE EXTREME!