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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31761162 Who is America's top mascot? Who+is+America%27s+top+mascot%3F NBA

Humorous, unpredictable and always up for shenanigans, mascots are a vital part of the live sports experience. And according to one recent fan poll, fans' taste in mascot popularity can be tracked using the following criteria: awareness, likeability, attention-getting, photo-friendliness, interaction and fun.

A round of applause is probably in order for all those named in the poll, because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that being a mascot ain't always easy.

That said, click through the list for the big reveal — who is truly No. 1?

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754729 Benny Benny NBA

Team: Chicago Bulls

Category: Animal

Scouting Report: Benny was the only NBA mascot to turn up on DBI’s list, as voters shut out other hoops favorites, including Rocky the Nuggets mascot (who is reportedly retiring this year) and Go, the Suns Gorilla. Why Benny No. 1? Says Forbes, "Carries the highest straight appeal (i.e. 'likability') and gets the most photo requests of any mascot. The Bulls keep Benny busy with over 250 appearances a year."

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754052 Pat the Patriot Pat+the+Patriot NBA

Team: New England Patriots

Category: Creepy human caricature

Scouting Report: Like most other Patriots over the past decade or so, Pat has ridden the coattails of Belichick and Brady to huge popularity.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754053 Mr. Met Mr.+Met NBA

Team: New York Mets

Category: Baseball-headed dude

Scouting Report: Mr. Met is old school, but according to the study the kids still dig him. In fact, Forbes says he ranks second out of all mascots in fan requests to interact with during games. Sadly, he can probably pitch better than most members of the Mets bullpen.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754054 Phillie Phanatic Phillie+Phanatic NBA

Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Category: ???

Scouting Report: No, we don't know what planet he's from — of course, that doesn't differentiate him from some Philly fans (it's a joke, people!). But he's green, and lovable, and he's got a party favor on steroids for a tongue. Fans, players and umpires alike love the, umm, thing.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754055 Rowdy Rowdy NBA

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Category: Creepy human caricature

Scouting Report: Rowdy has the mug of a chipper Disney character after about 20 Red Bulls, but Forbes credits the power of the NFL for Rowdy's 80-percent "awareness level" in the fan study.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754730 The Chicken The+Chicken NBA

Team: Free agent (formerly of San Diego Padres)

Category: Animal

Scouting Report: Back in the 1970s, the San Diego Chicken ruled the roost among mascots and truly opened the door in baseball. If Ron Burgundy had an equivalent in the mascot game, it'd probably be The Chicken. Stay classy, my fine feathered friend.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754056 Sourdough Sam Sourdough+Sam NBA

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Category: Creepy human caricature

Scouting Report: Caricature or not, ol' Sam always looks pretty darned fired up — as if he just, I dunno, struck gold or something.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754731 The Bird The+Bird NBA

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Category: Animal

Scouting Report: Forbes says his rating points flew (ya get it? hardy har har) after Baltimore's playoff berth last October.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754057 Homer Homer NBA

Team: Atanta Braves

Category: Baseball-headed dude

Scouting Report: The Braves may never change their nickname, but as Forbes says, the franchise's former mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa "died of political incorrectness back in the 1980s." The new guy Homer (no relation to this Homer) is a safer option nowadays, and even sports the eye black.

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NBA 73 43 Forbes magazine lists 'America's Most Popular Sports Mascots' 31754733 Wally the Green Monster Wally+the+Green+Monster NBA

Team: Boston Red Sox

Category: ???

Scouting Report: Wally is one of two "I’m-not-sure-what-they-ares" on the list. Kind of like Goofy, does anyone really know what Wally is?

Well, from his name, we know he's probably a dude. From his jersey, we know he likes the Sawx. From this photo above, we know he's not afraid to ride the subways behind enemy lines in New York.

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