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NCAA “Mascot” Decision Shows Stupidity Knows No Boundary

From the NCAA website:

“Colleges and universities may adopt any mascot that they wish, as that is an institutional matter,” said Walter Harrison, chair of the Executive Committee and president at the University of Hartford. “But as a national association, we believe that mascots, nicknames or images deemed hostile or abusive in terms of race, ethnicity or national origin should not be visible at the championship events that we control.”

If there is one thing that drives Independent Sources bonkers, it is political correctness run amok. Fortunately, we’re not alone. Four years ago, Roger Ebert wrote this concerning the Illini name and it’s still true today:

“We live in the State of Illinois, named for the Illini Tribe of Native Americans. It was inescapable that the state university would celebrate an Illini Chief. The Chief was never a ‘mascot,’ and indeed goes so far back that he pre-dates the use of ‘mascots’ for most sports teams. A case could be made that he was the single most positive public image of Indians in Illinois.”

Columnist Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe contributed this:

“So this is what ‘civil rights’ has degenerated into,” he wrote. “Does it really need to be pointed out how idiotic all of this is? No athletic team chooses a name or a mascot in order to bring contempt or disrepute on itself. On the contrary Cleveland’s ballclub would never have changed its name to ‘Indians’ in 1915 if ‘Indians’ was an insult. If teams with Indian names portrayed them as savages or alcoholics, outrage would be the appropriate reaction. But they don’t. They depict Indians and by extension themselves as noble, courageous and fierce. The Fighting Sioux is a title of honor just like The Fighting Irish.”

More recently, ESPN.com remarked:

Starting with the inevitable PETA lawsuit, demanding the elimination of the Tigers, Bengals, Lions, Golden Lions, etc….

Or the Audubon Society, who would demand the end to Eagles, Purple Eagles, Golden Eagles, Golden Flashes, Cardinals, etc..

Or the insect freaks, who would target Hornets, Spiders and Anteaters

Or the church groups who want to get rid of the Demons, Demon Deacons, Blue Demons, Blue Devils, Sun Devils and Delta Devils. Or the anti-church groups, who would target the Demon Deacons, Saints, Crusaders and Friars.

Or the arborists going after Stanford’s tree mascot or how about the Weather Channel, aiming at the Hurricanes, Golden Hurricane, Cyclones, Green Wave, Crimson Tide (unless you want to go with the elephant motif) and Shockers.

Or Alcoholics Anonymous, aiming for the Boilermakers.

Independent Sources weighs in with this:

If using a name of any group of people is considered derogatory then we better get rid of the Patriots and Cowboys as well. In fact, it would appear that it is okay to honor the land-rushers of Oklahoma (“Sooners”) but not the folks that were there before them. We can’t honor the Native Americans who were in Texas before it was Texas, but we can honor the Cowboys that moved them aside. Way to go PC’ers!

Independent Sources can summarize the NCAA mascot decision and other similar movements in three words: Stupid, Stupid, and Stupid!

Next up: Independent Sources apologizes to anyone offended by our calling them “stupid moronic politically correct weasels” and especially to the NCAA who we refer to as “Money grubbing stupid moronic politically correct weasels.” We’re really sorry if you were offended.

Click here for more Independent Sources PC posts.

Others posting on this silly topic: Mad Mikey, Tony Morgan, Ramblings Journal, and CathyfromCanada, and Fanblogs.

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5 Responses to “NCAA “Mascot” Decision Shows Stupidity Knows No Boundary”

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    The Stevo in H-Town Says:

    The next thingya know they’ll be “ganging” up on the Sharks’ and the Jets’…the Mighty Ducks can’t be far behind…

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    Mad Mikey's Blog Says:

    TrackBack URL for this entry: http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/106269 Listed below are links to weblogs that reference ‘Pussification of America Meets Opposiiton’. » Independent Sources links with: NCAA “Mascot” Decision Shows Stupidity Knows No Boundary , on August 07, 2005, 01:38 PM Excerpt: From the NCAA website: “Colleges and universities may adopt any mascot that they wish, as that is an institutional matter,” said Walter Harrison, chair of the Executive Committee and president at the

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    John P. McGrail Says:

    Dear NCAA,

    The NCAA should focus on student althlete graduation rates and point shaving scandals. How can American Indian names be bad but we can have a bunch of catholics at Notre Dame calling themselves the “Fighting Irish” and having a little white guy with a red beard – green tights as their mascot? Maybe I can hire the ACLU to represent me in my ethnic/religious defamation suit against the NCAA for allowing this type of travesty to continue at the sporting events they sanction?

    Some of the leftists at Champaign/Urbana tried to remove the Ilini name from the University of Illinois via the board of regents. They repeatedly failed and took their case to the NCAA. Your response was to ban a respectful dramatic display by a student posing as Chief Illiniwek during football and basketball games.

    I guess it is a bad idea to remind the largely European ancestry student body @ Illinois that a unique, but extinct political confederation once dominated the center of our nation(The Illini). The same arguement can be made of Trojans and Spartans(extinct European tribes/political confederations), but they are o.k. under the new standard adopted by the NCAA. Did anyone find an authenic Trojan and/or Spartan to ask them for their permission to use their respective names/images/symbols? If the answer is no, why are they not on the NCAA list of banned names/mascots?

    The last time I looked a large portion of sovereign States West of Appalachia had American Indian names including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North/South Dakota, ect.. In numerous instances each of these sovereign States use native American symbols and images in official documents, tourist brochures, official government seals, and even school text books. Will the removal of these native American images benefit our self esteem or will it merely deny an important part of our nation’s cultural heritage?

    Maybe someone in the State of Nebraska should file suit against the prominent display of the “Cornhusker” mascot. I imagine the State of Nebraska is spending millions of dollars for psychological counseling to blond males with blue eyes. Oh I forgot, it is a sign of disrespect to promote a relevant American Indian name/image for a region/institution, but it is o.k. to make a caricature of European “tribes” such as the Vikings, Patriots, Pirates, Trojans, Spartans, Buccaneers, Raiders, Cowboys, and Padres to market your team.

    The display of American Indian symbols and images are a key part of our nation. How does banning their use via NCAA sanctioned events promote a positive message for our society?

    The NCAA should stick to its core mission of promoting healthy minds through healthy bodies. When you get student althlete graduation rates up and the money scandels out of your association, then you can come back and have the discussion about how we honor/recognize all members of this great nation.

    John Patrick McGrail
    Asheville, NC

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