It's mid-March, so it's officially bracket season! But while you're getting super-serious about some other brackets, we're here to discuss the sometimes less-heralded, but no less important, members of the MLS on-field universe: team mascots.
It's time for the beginning of our Mascot Mania bracket! Here's the deal: Not every MLS team has a mascot. Overall, there are 15 spread among the league's 20 teams (Colorado actually has two).
So we're starting with a "play-in round" where fans pick eight of their favorite mascots from the bunch.
We'll take the top eight vote-getters and kick off a bracket with our own Elite Eight on March 24. You know how the rest goes: There's the Final Four mascot showdown on Saturday April 2 and the last two standing face off on Monday, April 4.
What does the winner get? Bragging rights, naturally.
So check out the poll below and pick your top eight mascots. Voting closes at 12 pm ET on March 20.