Sport's colorful characters

By Drew Kann, CNN

Updated 2248 GMT (0648 HKT) December 20, 2016
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Mascot designer Tom Sapp has designed hundreds of mascots, including WuShock, who is described by Wichita State's website as a "muscular bundle of wheat." Click through the gallery for more of Sapp's creations. Peter Aiken/Getty Images
Rocky is one of the most recognizable characters in the NBA and has been portrayed by the same performer for the past 27 seasons. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Harry the Hawk shows off his slam dunking skills during a timeout. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Sir CC was on hand during a 2016 championship parade to help Cleveland celebrate its first major professional sports title in more than 50 years. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images
Hooper the horse jokes with an official during a game. Brian Bahr/Getty Images
Champ gets fans fired up during the 2011 NBA Finals. Mark Humphrey/AP
Blaze is another of the NBA's high-flying mascots. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Baseball royalty Sluggerrr helps cheer on the home team during the 2014 World Series. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Homer, a walking baseball head, warms up before the 2016 home opener at Turner Field. John Bazemore/AP
Gnash, sporting a set of fangs, fires up the home crowd. Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
Mascots Hairy Dawg and UGA VII -- an actual bulldog -- pose for some pregame photos. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images
Mr. Commodore is among the Southeastern Conference's most recognizable mascots. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
A staple of the sports scene in East Lansing, Michigan, for years, Sparty is always a crowd-pleaser. Leon Halip/Getty Images
Chip braves the elements to cheer on his team from the sidelines. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images