There’s been some strange looking mascots over the years but this may top them all. While teams have people, animals or even aliens as mascots, West Brom brought out a boiler. You know, the thing that is used to generate power and heat things. We’re in the age where home appliances are now sports mascots.
Named “Colin the Combi” or “Boiler Man,” it is a walking boiler with arms and legs and sometimes has a baseball cap on the top. It’s sponsorship related because it’s sponsored by a local boiler company but fans seem to be seeing the humor in this.
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) August 4, 2018
Honestly, when I first saw the concept of a walking boiler, I thought of this.
Whether it’s ironic or genuine praise, West Brom fans and others have mostly appreciated this rather bizarre creation because, quite honestly, what else can you do?
West Brom having a Boiler as a mascot is the highlight of the year. Might as well jib the entire season off, nothing is going to top that. pic.twitter.com/VLupet2Oic
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) August 4, 2018
Show me a better mascot than West Brom's Boiler Man and I'll show you a liar. pic.twitter.com/liNGzcJjGb
— Ben Coles (@bencoles_) August 4, 2018
The West Brom boiler mascot pic.twitter.com/UOj6btlgB6
— Major Fraud (@JoeStephenson96) August 4, 2018
I've just discovered West Brom's new mascot is a BOILER and it genuinely made me cry with laughter. pic.twitter.com/xB2OpBhdS1
— 🎙 Steve Bloomer's Washing (@SteveBloomerPod) August 4, 2018
— Tom Eversley (@tomeversley) August 5, 2018
Ladies and gentleman, I give you West Brom’s new mascot… a boiler 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/yKgVd7baVT
— Chris Pye (@my_slice_of_pye) August 5, 2018
West Brom’s new mascot is a BOILER 🤣 that’s killed me 😭 pic.twitter.com/Hdo4CZG4ds
— AW ♛ (@AlexWhitez) August 5, 2018
This is great and all but another thing to consider. Just how does a boiler show respect when there is a minute silence or something before a game. I mean, I don’t even know if this thing can bow its head, it’s going to look incredibly goofy having it with the team as they have a minute silence for Remembrance Day. I guess that’s something we’ll find out as the new season goes on. FYI, West Brom lost to Bolton 2-1 in their first game outside of the Premier League since 2010.