Call me crazy but I am never on board with the selection of inanimate mascots for sporting events. I just can't get jazzed at all by goof-ball, alien-like characters that are supposed to enthuse me about an upcoming sporting event....even something as world-renowned as the 2012 London Olympics.
I awoke this morning to "exciting" news on the London Olympics front, or so I was led to believe by the BBC AM sports journalist. Given I am an Olympics junkie, I quickly thought, "OK, I am ready." Perhaps it was some revelation about more tickets being made available, or something else about the upcoming games that being a Londoner (at least for the timebeing) I could be tempted by.
Simply put..ummm...no, not exciting at all. Today was the day that the 2012 London Olympics Mascots, named Wenlock (left) and Mandeville (right), were unveiled.
(Photo credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire)
What is to like about them? I am a bit hard pressed as my comments below outline:
(1) They look like tel-a-tubby cyclops....why am I going to get a mug, cap, or t-shirts with these two yahoo creatures on it? Short answer: not!
(2) Where did these names come from? Are they some classic British names that are supposed to embody all things English? Short answer: never heard of them before. Guess they are supposed to be as abstract as the creatures.
(3) UK children were a part of focus groups to determine the look of these mascots; apparently animals or human mascots were a "no-go". Good to know that now that Wenlock and Mandeville are on the scene, they can help drive the fundraising efforts for 2 billion GBP from the private sector. Short answer: yea, right.
Check them out and judge for yourself.