Nashville SC, the city’s nascent MLS team, did something unthinkably brilliant when they introduced their new mascot: They based it on a meme. Tempo the Coyote is modeled after the famous Convention Center Coyote, a canine that inexplicably found its way into downtown Nashville’s Music City Center in 2019. But Nashville SC did something else revolutionary: They made their mascot hot. It (he? she?) is not goofy like the Titans’ T-Rac or cartoonish like the Predators’ Gnash. It’s not a creepy chicken like the Sounds’ Booster. Tempo is a fierce, jacked, handsome creature who could both beat up the others and steal their mates.

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