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.
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