Daily Sports Smile: Little Miss meme makes it to NFL, NBA
Remember the colorful character blobs that had cute accessories and witty names in the 1990s? They're back in a big 2020s way: a meme. And major professional sports teams are joining the trend.
Need a reminder?
The characters were created by children's book author and illustrator Roger Hargreaves, who captivated audiences with his Mr. Men series. There was Mr. Tickle (a yellow squiggly character based off Hargreaves son) Mr. Grump, Mr. Silly, Little Miss Whoops and, of course, Little Miss Sunshine, among the group. The television series ran for five season, beginning in 1995.
Why are they suddenly memes?
Content creator Juul Puppy is being credited with starting the trend after first posting modern-day characters in April with names like Little Miss Borderline Personality Disorder, Little Miss Girl Blogger, Mr. Archive Designer Menswear and Mr. Receding Hairline. The posts got thousands of likes and spurred people across the internet to try their hand at making modern day Mr. Men.
As any good social media team does, several NFL and NBA teams caught the wave, making custom characters to represent their fan bases.
The Arizona Cardinals made characters like a little yellow melting guy named Mr. Don't Worry It's a "Dry Heat,” a girl shaped like a football called “Little Miss Counting Down the Days Until Kickoff” and a bird wearing a Lucha libre cape who is known as “Mr. Can't Wait for Mexico City,” reminding fans that the team plays at the Estadio Azteca in Week 11.
The Jaguars utilized their team colors, teal and gold, to create “Little Miss Hangs in the Budzone” and “Mr. Jags Twitter GM.”
The Detroit Lions went all blue to create “Mr. Obsessively Watches Inside the Den” and “Little Miss Waiting for Training Camp.”
The Buffalo Bills made three Little Miss characters, including “Little Miss Only Eats Wings with Blue Cheese.”
The Houston Texans paid tribute to their head coach with “Mr. Obsessed with Lovie's Beard.”
The Chicago Bears made characters for some of their players. Running backs David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert are “Mr. Yessirski” and “Mr. Juice,” tight end Cole Kmet is “Mr. Hometown Kid” and defensive end Trevis Gipson is “Mr. Hammertime.”
The 76ers made a “Little Miss Sixers Fan,” putting a team hat and red and blue bows on the original Little Miss Sunshine character.
The Cleveland Cavaliers created a basketball-shaped character named “Little Miss Cavs Fan.”
The Jazz made a “Little Miss Jazz Fan,” also based off Little Miss Sunshine, but with a splash of purple. The team is paying tribute to their history this season by having a purple uniform in rotation.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs went a bit of a different route and photoshopped real elements onto classic characters. Mr. Tall was given the purple suit that No.9 overall pick Jeremy Sochan wore on draft day to become “Mr. Trendsetter.” Mr. Sneeze transformed into “Mr. Showtime” with a pair of sunglasses and Mr. Mean became “Mr. Flame Kicks Game” as he sports a pair of adidas T-Macs.