Mascot Monday: Boilerman (West Brom)

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Welcome to a new series of posts designed to brighten up your Mondays! First off, we’re heading to West Brom to meet Boilerman, the hot water hero we didn’t know we needed. As aficionados of bonkers football mascots (and there are many out there), we here at ASRV absolutely love Boilerman – although we’re still trying to work out how he actually sees anything at all out of that suit…

Name: Boilerman

Club: West Bromwich Albion

Mascot since: 2018

Species: Er… a combi boiler. On legs. Wearing a cap.

Friends & Family: Baggie Bird (see photo below)

Social Media: Twitter, Facebook.

Notes: A promotional mascot for WBA sponsors Ideal Boilers, Boilerman was introduced to the fans at the Hawthorns in August 2018. He was an instant social media hit, discussed on both local and national news websites – and has even released his own clothing line (a first for a football mascot?).

Boilerman and Baggie Bird
Boilerman hanging out with his mate Baggie Bird.

If you’ve got any suggestions for future Mascot Mondays, let us know!


(George) Best of Both Worlds?

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Algorithms. Dontcha just love them? Sometimes they do amazing things (like imaging black holes), and sometimes…. well, sometimes they get a little ahead of themselves (no, Twitter, we really don’t want to follow Piers Morgan).

We particularly liked this amusing instance of what can only be called algorithm confusion (above), found while we were updating the ASRV Pinterest recently (our Pinterest is definitely worth a look, btw. Lots and lots of amazing images from over a century of football).

Like many social media-type sites, Pinterest will suggest what it decides is the most relevant of your subject boards for each picture you save, but sometimes it gets it just a little bit wrong…

For example, you might assume that it would recommend filing a pic of the legendary footballing genius, bad boy and inveterate ladies man George Best on, say, the Football or Northern Ireland boards. We certainly did.

But if you look at the top right hand corner of the screenshot above, you’ll see that, according to the Pinterest algorithm, the most appropriate board for George is actually… guess what?

That’s right. Women’s Football.

Well, yes. And no. We’re still giggling.

We suspect Georgie Boy would definitely approve though…

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