OLD PHOTO: The Cubs' older, more bloodthirsty mascot
The Cubs have a new mascot. Now let's recall their old one.
You'll recall that the Cubs of Chicago recently unveiled a new mascot. As mascots go, it's fairly benign and in keeping with industry-wide best practices ("bro hat" notwithstanding). This, of course, didn't prevent people from flipping out over it, but that's what we do these days: flip out over things.
In any event, know that the Cubs' distant past is littered with other mascots. One was a live bear. Another, in the championship season of 1908, was ... whatever this is:
Excelsior! As I see it, what you witness above can be one of just two things: A polar were-bear with rabies or one of the two bears that Elisha in 2 Kings 2: 23-24 summoned to maul the 42 children who made fun of him for being bald. One or the other. Or both, I suppose.
(Wink of CBS eye: NotGraphs)