Skip to comments.School drops Cougars as team name because it might offend women
Posted on 07/01/2014 12:07:37 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952
Corner Canyon High School hasn't even opened yet, and it's already facing controversy.
The new school, scheduled to open in 2013 in Draper, Utah, announced this week that it had chosen its mascot and school colors.
According to KSTU-TV Fox 13, future students within the school's boundaries were mailed ballots to vote for the sports teams' colors and mascot. The colors navy, silver and white were selected and the Charger was named the mascot -- the first in Utah to use it.
The Chargers wasn't the most popular team name with the kids. Instead, the top name was the Cougars, getting 23 percent of the votes. Other choices included the Chargers, Diamondbacks, Falcons, Raptors, Broncos, Bears and Cavaliers.
But the Cougar was rejected as the mascot because board members decided it might be seen as offensive to middle-aged women.
As pointed out on TV shows like Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town" and Tina Fey's "30 Rock" (one episode titled "Cougars" featured the 41-year-old Fey going on a date with a 20-year-old), the term has become popularly known to describe an older woman who dates younger men. Even online dating websites have popped up specifically for the "cougar" crowd, connecting interested males with females that are 15-30 years their senior.
There are, of course, other teams that already use the team name Cougars, including three other high schools in the state. As Prep Rally points out, even Utah's biggest college, Brigham Young University, uses the animal as its mascot which is probably why so many kids voted for it.
But those teams existed before the term "cougar" had its place in popular culture and it became more common for stars like Demi Moore to date someone half her age, such as her ex-husband Ashton Kutcher. Back then, a cougar was just a fierce animal also referred to as a puma or mountain lion.
So did the school board need to worry about its teams being associated with the new connotation?
"Sensitivity and political correctness regarding the names of athletic teams has officially reached a ridiculous peak," USA Today wrote.
What do you think? Is Cougars an offensive name for a team?
This was on the Todd and Don show yesterday. I noticed it is well over a year old.
I was about to say that the pics in this thread will be interesting. Then I saw your post. I am too late already.
Can they also change the name of Cracker Jack..its very offensive to us whites
Wow, she has some prominent.....features shall we say????
Time for political correctness to be relegated to the dustbin!
Tell me this is a joke.
At my age, dating a woman 10-15 years older than I am doesn’t interest me...
Isn't that also offensive to women?
If that’s a cougar then I’m a helpless little deer with an injured leg. ;^)
Now THAT is funny!!
They are just down the way from BYU. Wonder if they will change their name...
Can’t imagine someone objected to comment #5...????
Not into the necro thing, eh?
(your age/2)+7 is the minimum age - in general - to be appropriate. Back-calculating for my age, for a woman to cougar me, she would have to be 81. Even Sophia Loren Herself is still too young....
Reminds me I caught about twenty minutes on Wimbledon’s ladies this Am.
The details of one of the ladies’ chest, was quite noticeable! Pert, one might say!
Now we know why the word “Love” is used in Tennis.
Todd posted this on the KLBJ FB page yesterday and I knew he would have a pic like that as the lead in to the article. I never heard about this in 2012.
Yes, she was naked, but showed far less other pics here. Some people don't have a sense of humor.
Well if they are going to be a horses ass about it, "Charger" is as good a mascot as any.
Absolutely - What a beautiful pair of....eyes.
I can’t imagine a... Mature, attractive woman would be offended by the term, since it is usually used by young bucks who think she’s hot.
Now I can see the cadre of the National Association of Gals (NAGS) being offended, cause no one thought they were hot at any age.
How long has the term “cougar” been used to refer to women? So now they can just start using a term and within a short period of time dictate how it can be used?
Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw an advertisement for a vacuum cleaner that “sucks”? Do the Flintstones still have a “gay old time”?
Go Cougars !
Not very. I think the "mature woman seeking sex from young men" meaning is less than 10 years old.
Well heck it was a National Geographic pic...for crying out loud!?!?!?!?!?
One good thing to come out of this. Even though the school is brand new, the parents and kids know early on that they have a bunch of MORONS on the school board.
Replace them before they start would be my advice to these folks.
I’m not quite THAT old, but at my age women 10-15 years older might as well be dead.
I miss my 67 cougar. Long story short, it had to be sold to appease the spouse.
“She’s got HUGE... tracts of land!”
That’s what I thought. Am I having a bad dream where the inmates have taken over the asylum?
Women should be offended to be called Cougars, not offended by the word used for a school mascot. jeez
Maybe it was because the “official seal” of the school featured a CD of Journey’s Greatest Hits, a bottle of cabernet and a hotel room key.
The inmates took over the asylum a long time ago. Trends in popular culture and informal language are driven almost exclusively by deviants, perverts, morons, politicians, liars, activists, and miseducated children. It’s difficult to think like an intelligent man, while using the language stupid and immature people. This is deliberate.
LOL that vacuum cleaner really does suck!
NM - I lost my virginity in the back seat of a green cougar just like the one featured in the top photo. Sadly, it was not to the model in the pic.
“Hey, Bob! Where’d you dig HER up?”
I lost my virginity to my lovely bride on our wedding night in a nice hotel ...
Oregon State has got to play South Carolina.
Good on ya!!!
YOU did it right.
Did you say something?