Today, in bizarre sports mascot news, the AHL’s Adirondack Flames have released the following apology:
“Earlier today we unveiled our new mascot Scorch. In an attempt to provide background material for the character who will be the face of our team, particularly with young fans, we crafted a story that Scorch was the remaining ember from the tragic fire that destroyed much of Glens Falls in 1864.
We also crafted a skit that helped to launch the new mascot – with the help of the Glens Falls Fire Department. While it seemed in good taste when it was on the drawing board, it is evident now that it was in poor taste.
On behalf of our entire organization we want to apologize for our thoughtlessness today. We have obviously turned something good, the launch of a mascot which we will use to entertain and encourage young fans, into something that is in poor taste. That was not our intention and again we apologize.
We would like to emphasize that we as an organization take seriously the dangers associated with fire, understand its potentially devastating effects and acknowledge that those in our nation who are called upon to face and fight fires on a daily basis are truly heroes.
What the above apology failed to explain in detail was that Scorch, in the skit, “overpowered a firefighter, showing his strength,” according to the Glens Falls Post-Star.
Which looked like this…
Which is not a great visual.
The Flames’ home opener goes Saturday versus Albany at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Good seats are still available. Probably.