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April 02, 2005

mascots

I think I kinda, sorta, maybe disagree with this post. I believe that too many people read too much into the name of a school mascot.

I played as an "Indian," a "Brave" and a "Warrior" during my football days. I have some injun blood in me, so I can claim some ethnic heritage, but I never gave a shit about that back then. My teams had fierce, fighting nicknames and I liked them. I never even THOUGHT about those mascots as being "Inappropriate." Your team was supposed to sound formidable.

I wouldn't want to play for a team called "The Unflushable Turds," which may be a formidable problem, but it's not exactly what inspires young men to go out and play their best. Warriors are fighters. Vikings are fearless. Spartans are as tough as they come. Wildcats will scratch you, Bulldogs will bite you and YES--- I believe there is a spot for Rebels in there, too, because they don't take no shit lyin' down.

I see a lot of this pissing and moaning about team mascots as more political correctness run wild. More pussifiation of America. More of the feighned "victimhood" that so many people desperately seek today. Why don't people piss their pants and dance in a circle when they see a black guy playing for "The Fighting Irish?" I don't like Notre Dame, but I think the team has a damn fine nickname.

I've never figured out exactly what a "Crimson Tide" is, but it sounds fairly awesome. It damn sure sounds a lot better than "The Fighting Goldfish," or some of this other non-offensive crap sensitive people are suggesting for nicknames now. And if you look at the pencil-necked geeks behind this movement, you can tell immediately that not a damn one of them ever played ball.

I like the name "Mustang," too. That's a wild horse, difficult to capture and tame. I like that name a lot. (I wonder why?) I wouldn't mind coaching a team full of mustangs.

But that name probably pisses PETA off.

Comments

I am American Indian, peeps don't seem to like Indians, but we will keep on...you can have our material shit,
We will be here when you turn to dust

Posted by: murry on April 2, 2005 03:41 AM

We're the Maryland Terrapins. Yeah, that's a way to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents. Maybe that's why we went 4 - 6. _

I've always thought this school had a crappy nickname, but since I'm not playing any sports, I guess I can't complain. Fear the Turtle! Couldn't we have at least got an animal that could get rabies?

Then again, if you beat up a turtle, you get whined at by environmental patients, and no one likes that.

Posted by: The Babaganoosh on April 2, 2005 08:34 AM

I wouldn't want to play for a team called "The Unflushable Turds," which may be a formidable problem

Hee hee! Now "The Unflushable Turds With Corn", now THAT would take a real man to be in that team. You know... it's always some sissy P.C. type that gets wrapped up in these "causes". Never the actual people directly affected by it.

Man, I'd hate to be remembered as the "Professional Victim Generation". really.

Posted by: -=e=- on April 2, 2005 10:48 AM

University of California at Santa Cruz: The Banana Slugs. I swear...

Posted by: The Other Mike S on April 2, 2005 11:25 AM

I went to Hooker Co. High (yes, that General) in cattle ranch country.
The Bronco's. Black uniforms, gold trim. Tough kids.
And we had a rodeo grounds. And local cowboys who rodeoed.

Then I went to the Univ. of Nebraska. "CORNHUSKERS" ! ! !
WTF is that eastern Nebraska farmer "shit-kicker" crap l
At least they had changed it from the original "Bug-Eaters".

Posted by: Dan Pursel on April 2, 2005 03:20 PM

."you can have our material shit, "

That's cool Murray, can I have your scalp collection?

Posted by: rightisright on April 2, 2005 03:28 PM

Man, I'd hate to be a grad of that other OSU. It's got to be humilitating when the other team "sticks it to the Beavers".

Posted by: Jim on April 3, 2005 11:09 AM

The Crimson Tide refers to a ship crewed exclusively by women. The tide comes in once a month...

Posted by: Jason Bontrager on April 3, 2005 05:36 PM
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