Recognizing the luck they bring to teams, franchises, and more, National Mascot Day celebrates these iconic figures on June 17th each year.

In the colorful landscape of New York sports mascots, where Mr. Met and Billy Buffalo steal the limelight, There are those relegated to the sidelines whose tales are  more tragic than triumphant.

While Mr. Met flashes his winning smile and Billy Buffalo charges ahead with Bill's pride, these forgotten mascots stumbled into obscurity, leaving behind a legacy that's more head-scratcher than hall of fame. Let's peek into the quirky underworld of New York's failed mascots, where even the shadows have shadows—and a few questionable dance moves.

BrooklyKnight (2012-2014):

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The ill-fated BrooklyKnight, introduced with much fanfare in 2012, endured a tumultuous two-year stint as the mascot of the Brooklyn Nets. Developed by Marvel Comics and unveiled during the team's Brooklyn debut on November 3, 2012, the BrooklyKnight was meant to symbolize the team's transition to a new era. However, the mascot faced an uphill battle for acceptance from its inception. Despite efforts to promote its image, including creating a companion comic book and various public appearances, the BrooklyKnight failed to capture the hearts of fans. Its debut, marked by a lackluster reaction from the crowd and an embarrassing mishap when the mascot got stuck on its tether upon descent, foreshadowed the challenges it would face. Hindered by design criticisms and a lack of resonance with the fanbase, the BrooklyKnight's tenure ended abruptly in 2014, as the Nets opted to part ways with the unpopular character


Nyisles (1995-1998)

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Nyisles,(Niles)  the "seafaring Islander," briefly represented the New York Islanders from 1995 to 1998. However, Nyisles' stint was short-lived, as he was soon replaced by Sparky the Dragon in 2001 after Charles Wang took over the team.

Despite his retirement, Nyisles made a surprising comeback on December 10, 2022, coinciding with reintroducing the Fisherman logo on the team's reverse retro uniforms, but he makes this list because he was dead for like 25 years. This revival saw Nyisles undergo a makeover, breathing new life into the quirky character and reigniting nostalgia among Islanders fans.

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Dandy (1979-1981):



the New York Yankees' short-lived mascot from 1979 to 1981 was a pinstriped "bird" with a Yankees hat and a mustache resembling Thurman Munson. Despite initial fanfare, Dandy's debut was overshadowed by controversy, including a bizarre incident involving the San Diego Chicken and Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry. Following Thurman Munson's tragic death, Dandy was put on hiatus and ultimately met a gory end when his creators destroyed him using an industrial shredder.

Since then, the Yankees have refrained from adopting official mascots, with only brief experiments in the mid-1990s. In a surprising move, the miniature prototype of Dandy was displayed in the team's museum at Yankee Stadium in the summer of 2023, marking the first acknowledgment of the failed mascot in over four decades.


Their NY icons may be mostly retired, but the nightmares of these hapless mascots linger on, haunting the annals of New York sports history like ghosts in oversized costumes.

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