Scorch, possibly the most insane sports mascot ever created, has been scratched. Permanently.
“We’re extinguishing Scorch,” Brian Petrovek, the president of the Adirondack Flames, told PostStar.com on Tuesday. “The misjudgment we made was such that we came to that decision.”
The fire-themed mascot of Petrovek's AHL team was benched for the team's home opener on Saturday after he was featured in a skit that showed him, well, killing an actor playing a firefighter.
If the lunacy of his design wasn't enough to consign Scorch to the ash heap of mascot history, the tone-deaf skit did the trick.
Petrovek said that Flames' management is designing a new mascot that will be associated with “fun, not fear.” That's probably a good plan considering that a mascot is primarily supposed to enchant and entertain children.