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Union mascot hatches at Philadelphia Zoo

Union mascot hatches at Philadelphia Zoo

Hot take: Mascots are overrated. Especially the Phanatic. That green thing is just creepy. You can send your hate mail to @todougherty.

Anyways, the Union on Monday afternoon revealed their first mascot in franchise history, and it already has the coolest name in the city.

Meet Phang, a big blue snake that sports a gold mohawk.

The Union unveiled Phang during a ceremony at the Philadelphia Zoo. Phang hatched to the Union's goal song.

Phang already has swagger — something the Sixers' Franklin can take notes from. In terms of obscure Philly sports, Phang instantly has a leg up on the Soul Man in mascot rankings.

The Union are, well, actually pretty good. They're currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with 40 points and positioned to make the MLS playoffs for just the third time ever.

And now, the Union have an official mascot to pump up the home crowd at Talen Energy Stadium. I just hope Samuel L. Jackson doesn't encounter Phang on a plane. We don't need that movie sequel.

Harper Watch 2019 in full effect in Philadelphia

Harper Watch 2019 in full effect in Philadelphia

Storm Tracker 2019 is in full effect this weekend as Winter Storm Harper is set to terrorize much of the East Coast.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's resident meteorologist Marc Farzetta has been tracking Harper's developments for what seems like months now and has your up-to-the-minute report right here.

"Harper will avoid D.C. all together passing right over for a big shot at Philadelphia and New York," Farzetta said.

"Some reports say there is a 100 percent chance this storm could hit Philadelphia. Other reports say there's a zero percent chance Harper hits Philadelphia. We're 60 percent sure one of those reports is correct."

Don't forget about the possibility of other storms as well.

"According to our Salisbury model, Winter Storm Manny is also set to hit the Philadelphia area," Farzetta said. "We'll have to wait and see if it does. It's a very, very slow moving storm front. No hustle in this storm, you could say. But when it hits, it hits hard."

Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals fans are keeping as close an eye on these developments as Phillies fans.

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Flyers mascot Gritty gives Mike McKenna thrill of a lifetime with autographed mask

Flyers mascot Gritty gives Mike McKenna thrill of a lifetime with autographed mask

What an honor for Mike McKenna.

Not only did he get to meet Gritty Wednesday night, but he also got the Flyers' mascot to sign his mask, which sports a drawing of the fuzz ball (see story).


(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)


(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Looks like Gritty didn't love McKenna questioning his pregame meal — it's obviously 10 plates of pasta … the guy needs fuel.

McKenna is the Flyers' seventh goalie of the season, while the Flyers are the seventh team of McKenna's career.

Now he'll have a special signature to always remember it.

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