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Meet Wingston — but what exactly is the Philadelphia Wings' new mascot?


Meet Wingston — but what exactly is the Philadelphia Wings' new mascot?

The thing about mascots that is fun is that there aren't really any rules.

A mascot can be a tree, a green guy from the Galapagos Islands, a bulldog, or even a giant orange fluffy creature that squeaks.

The city of Philadelphia has had the pleasure (?) of introducing a gaggle of new mascots over the past few months, from the Union's new snake with arms to the Flyers' instant legend Gritty.

And Friday, the resurgent lacrosse team in town, the Wings of the National Lacrosse League, introduced a mascot of their own.

Meet Wingston.

He/she/it is definitely a lax bro:

And it is already pals with the cool kids in town:

Wingston was introduced to the world today in Philadelphia and all of its furry and feathery friends were there.

So what is Wingston exactly? You never know with mascots these days.

We attempted to confirm that it is a bird but have yet to do so. Here are the details we can confirm from the team:

Wingston’s nearly 7-foot frame is covered in soft golden fur with a feathery tuft of fire-engine-red lax flow on the top of his head that swoops from side to side while he makes diving plays at the net. Wingston boasts golden wings on either side of his delightfully oversized head. Dotted with three large jewels, Wingston’s tail is his defining feature. The presence of the red, black and silver jewels is in homage to the Wings rich history, representing the three reincarnations of the team, dating back to 1974.

Dressed in his signature black, charcoal and red Wings jersey, game shorts and sneakers, Wingston is always ready for a catch or to take shots on net. Wingston represents Philadelphia well, sporting no. “215” on the back of his jersey. His unique ability to spin his head 360 degrees around gives him an advantage over the competition, allowing him to see the game from every angle.

Welcome to Philly, Wing bird! Fans can catch Wingston in action at the team's home opener on December 15 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Wings, feathers, a tail, spinning its head around on a swivel. Sounds like a bird to me.

Fans can see Wingston in action on Dec. 15 when the team plays its home opener against the Buffalo Bandits at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia Wings unveil their home jerseys for the 2019 NLL season

Philadelphia Wings

Philadelphia Wings unveil their home jerseys for the 2019 NLL season

Tuesday was a big moment in the newest version of the Philadelphia Wings.

Philly’s lacrosse team, which left the city back in 2014 only to return as an expansion franchise this season, has unveiled its home jerseys for the 2019 NLL season. The Wings will play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center beginning in December 2018.

The team unveiled the black, charcoal, red and gold look — reminiscent of the NHL’s expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights — in a ceremony at Atlantic Aviation. On hand were members of the military, police officers and firefighters, who accepted jerseys from the team.

Here’s a closer looks at the jersey itself:

Philly's new NLL franchise to be called the Wings

Philly's new NLL franchise to be called the Wings

The Philadelphia Wings are back.

Comcast Spectacor on Wednesday revealed the name of Philadelphia's new National Lacrosse League franchise would be the Wings, as a result of an online poll that allowed fans to suggest and subsequently vote on the team's name. The Wings received over 5,000 votes, beating out the two other top-three entries, the Fire and Founders.

The actual name reveal was done in theatrical fashion, as a skydiver, dropping from a plane high above the Wells Fargo Center parking lot, unveiled a banner of the team's name and logo.

“The Wings are clearly the favorite, and we’re happy to give the fans what they want,” said Lindsey Masciangelo, executive director of business operations for the team.

The Wings, which are set to be the 11th team in the NLL, will make their debut in the 2018-19 season and play in the Wells Fargo Center. The NLL's season runs from December through April.

Philadelphia hasn't had an NLL team since 2014 when the Wings moved to Connecticut and became the New England Black Wolves. The Wings were one of the four original teams in the NLL, which was founded in 1986. They played at the Spectrum and the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings won six championships.