The Philadelphia Phoenix's new mascot, Birdy McBirdface, was named via an online poll. (Shawn Lanzillo)

The Philadelphia Phoenix, the city's Ultimate Frisbee Association team, unveiled its new mascot last weekend. A giant red, orange and yellow — you guessed it — phoenix.

To get the ultimate frisbee team’s fan base involved in the process, the team crowdsourced its followers on X (formerly Twitter) to suggest a name for the newest Hotbird, then vote for one among the shortlist of the four best submissions.

What did the internet ultimately decide? You probably guessed it — “Birdy McBirdface.”

“I’ve got to be honest, when I saw Birdy McBirdface I was secretly hoping it would win,” said Adam Booth, the Phoenix’s master of content. “There’s already enough single-named mascots in this town, with a Swoop and a Phang and a Gritty and a Phanatic, and all that. I needed something with a first name-last name, like a full government name.”

The Philadelphia Phoenix's content master Adam Booth shows new mascot Birdy McBirdface how to hype up the crowd at Neumann University’s turf field. (Shawn Lanzillo)

The new name — Birdy for short — beat out “Scorch” in an overtime poll after the two names tied in the initial vote, ahead of “Blaze” and “Elvis.”

For those unaware of 2016 internet hijinks, the name pays homage to Boaty McBoatface, the result of Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council internet poll to name a new polar scientific research ship. Despite the overwhelming popularity of the name, the NERC overrode the democratic process and named the ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough instead. One of the ship’s autonomous submersibles was called Boaty McBoatface to quell the internet outrage a little.

Johnny “Goodtimes” Nottingham, an investor in the team and well-known Philly quiz master, said that the Phoenix never had any arguments about honoring the vote and giving the people what they wanted.

“We could have not picked [Birdy McBirdface] for the vote, but we thought it was amusing,” said Nottingham. “So we were totally prepared for this to happen. We’re pleased with the outcome. We think it’s a great name, and I think it’s fitting.”

What is Birdy McBirdface’s backstory? Mostly a mystery for now. Nottingham said that Birdy just showed up on his doorstep ahead of the season, apparently from a land far, far away, possibly volcanic Mount Vesuvius.

“The bird flew in, wanted to be a part of the team and we were happy to have to have him,” Nottingham said.

The Philadelphia Phoenix's new mascot, Birdy McBirdface, was unveiled and named during the team's 2024 season opener. (Shawn Lanzillo)

Last season, the Phoenix briefly switched its name and mascot to the Philly Gators to support the Phillies during Game 3 and 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nottingham’s 9-year-old son, Avery, designed the temporary team logo (his vote was for Scorch).

The Phoenix lost its season opener to the DC Breeze 22-10, and Nottingham said a fan on Instagram was quick to say the new mascot name was to blame.

“Not everybody’s on board with it, but I think, for the most part, people are enthusiastic about Birdy,” he said.

Philly’s next game is this Saturday against the Boston Glory at Neumann University’s turf field at 6 p.m.

The game is also the team’s dollar dog night, where there will be another pretty heated race: Ketchup or mustard, which is the ultimate condiment?

Tickets for the team’s games can be bought at the Phoenix's site.

Nick Kariuki is Thetelegraphfield’s trending news reporter. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Medill’s MSJ program at Northwestern University, Nick was previously a sportswriter for outlets such...