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  • Mike the Tiger, LSU's live mascot, has cancer

    05/23/2016 10:40:53 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies ^ | 23 May 2016 | Carlie Kollath
    According to LSU, Mike VI has been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma. He has a tumor in his face near his nose. "Currently, Mike's attitude and demeanor are unchanged, and he does not appear to be in pain," LSU said. His veterinary team, led by Dr. David Baker, has come up with a treatment plan that will hopefully extend his life for another one to two years. Without treatment, LSU said he would die in one to two months.
  • Sales of a 'Caucasians' shirt, mimicking the Cleveland Indians with a caricature of a white person,

    04/12/2016 5:10:36 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 54 replies
    US News ^ | April 8, 2016 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Sales of a 'Caucasians' shirt, mimicking the Cleveland Indians with a caricature of a white person, skyrocket after ESPN's Bomani Jones wears it on "Mike & Mike." ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sales of 'Caucasians' shirts, depicting the Cleveland Indians' team mascot as a caricature of a white person, skyrocketed one day after ESPN's Bomani Jones wore one on a show, the shirt's creator said Friday. Brian Kirby, who runs Shelf Life Clothing Co., told The Associated Press that more than 2,000 shirts have been sold since Jones sported one on Thursday while co-hosting the network's "Mike & Mike" show. At...
  • Susquehanna U drops Crusaders nickname

    04/03/2016 7:51:00 AM PDT · by Buttons12 · 41 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/05/15 | Brianna Buczkowski
    Following a vote from the Board of Trustees, Susquehanna University is the latest institution whose mascot, the Crusaders, must go due to concern over potential offensiveness and negative connotations. Citing "growing concern and sensitivity" to ensure sure the campus remains "welcoming and inclusive..." ...Last spring, the Susquehanna University student government ran a poll among the student body with a squirrel winning by over 50 percent of the votes. "I don’t know if squirrels are exactly that presence that we needed," said Junior Paris Campbell to the student newspaper, also titled The Crusader. Despite the petition and seemingly apathetic student body,...
  • Colleges update mascots, mottos, amid pressure from students

    11/19/2015 6:53:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies ^ | 11/19/15 | Colleen Binkley - AP
    OSTON (AP) -- Amherst College has turned on its mascot. Georgetown University is renaming buildings. Union College has a new motto. Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are updating campus fixtures that have been deemed insensitive or outdated. Inspired by racially charged protests at the University of Missouri, students have demanded tweaks of that type among broader calls for improved treatment of minority students. Those behind the changes say they're long overdue. Critics say it's another example of coddling by American universities. Here's a look at some recent changes:
  • Royals mascot Sluggerrr cleared of wrongdoing in hot dog accident

    10/30/2015 8:01:11 PM PDT · by rey · 9 replies
    CBSSPORTS ^ | 18 June 2015
    On Wednesday, Royals mascot Sluggerrr was cleared of any wrongdoing in a hot dog tossing accident by a Jackson County jury following a two-day trial. The accident happened way back in 2009. John Coomer, the fan attending the game at Kauffman Stadium, was looking at the out-of-town scoreboard during the game when a foil-covered hot dog shot out of an air-cannon by Sluggerrr hit him in the face. He suffered a detached retina in his left eye. Here's more from Brian Burnes of the Kansas City Star: He sued the Royals claiming negligence in 2010. The next year, the first...
  • Texas mascot, Bevo XIV, dies at 13

    10/16/2015 10:36:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    SI ^ | October 16, 2015 | Staff
    Texas mascot, Bevo XIV, died at the age of 13 on Friday morning, reports Bleacher Report’s Bryan Fischer. Bevo XIV, whose given name was Sunrise Studly, was retired as mascot on Tuesday after being diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus. He passed away in his sleep on Friday morning.
  • Harry Reid calls on leaders to reconsider UNLV mascot, nickname

    06/24/2015 10:02:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Fox 5 Vegas ^ | 06/24/2015 | Kerry Kinsey
    LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Speaking to reporters in Washington Tuesday, Sen. Harry Reid called on Nevada higher education officials to consider changing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' mascot and sports nickname. The statements came after a shooting in South Carolina that claimed nine lives sparked debate about displays of the Confederacy. On the campus of UNLV Tuesday, it was difficult to find anyone who believes the mascot, Hey Reb!, should be changed. “What happened over there is a tragedy of course, but what's happening here on campus is what's happening on campus. Go Rebels,” student Billy Watts said. “I...
  • Rutgers Freshman Victimized by Insufficiently Diverse Mascot

    05/18/2015 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/18/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    According to the Rutgers Daily Targum, freshman Emmet Brennan helped author a bill “…to create black, Latino, Asian, and third-gender mascot friends to accompany the school’s original “Scarlet Knight” mascot adopted in 1955.” “Our mascot does not represent how diverse we are as a school,” decided Brennan after he “…noticed the mascot’s fair skin and blue eyes while working as a press box server during the university’s football games.” Katie Park, writing for the Daily Targum, tells her readers: After taking issue with the mascot’s complexion, Brennan began collaborating with student Mohamed Asker who currently serves as the SA’s student...
  • War Dogs - Bravest Dogs of War

    04/14/2015 9:18:11 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 4/14/2015 | D Breteau
    This is a list of dogs that were mascots from different military units and era. The Biker English Bulldog - This is the English bulldog mascot of a regiment from Quebec based in England. Willie the Bull Terrier - American General George S. Patton holds with his bull terrier. See the rest here.
  • Poll to Freep. Should Government be able to force schools to change mascots deemed "offensive"

    04/03/2015 12:08:18 PM PDT · by NorCoGOP · 34 replies
    KDVR TV ^ | 4/3/2015 | KDVR
    Poll is here
  • HOORAY! The Redskins just received amazing news (Awesome!)

    12/23/2014 4:59:13 AM PST · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Huge news just broke which is a major defeat for the political correctness crowd. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected a petition which was seeking to stop the Washington Redskins from using their team name or face major fines. The 1st Amendment won! Sen. Harry Reid and 50 Senate Democrats have worked on a major campaign to stop the Redskins, even though their fans love the name and a vast majority of Native Americans (90%) don’t find the name to be offensive. This is awesome: The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by a professor claiming the Washington Redskins...
  • High school students walk out over 'Redskins' name change

    12/14/2014 8:11:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed December 10, 2014 | Katia Hetter and Eliott C. McLaughlin
    (CNN) -- The debate over the "Redskins" name in sports isn't just at the professional level. Students at an Oklahoma City high school were refusing to go into Capitol Hill High School on Wednesday morning because their mascot no longer has the controversial name, according to CNN affiliate KOCO. Dozens of students stood on the lawn outside the building rather than heading into class. The city's public school board voted Monday to change the name in response to Native American students' feelings that the mascot name was offensive. The vote to change the mascot, which has been in place since...
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars Apologized For Their Mascot’s ‘Towels Carry Ebola’ Sign

    10/07/2014 3:39:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies ^ | 10/6/14 | Brian Sharp
    The Jacksonville Jaguars’ mascot Jaxson de Ville was seen on the field Sunday carrying a sign that read ‘Towels Carry Ebola’ in an apparent attempt to make fun of Steelers fans’ use of the Terrible Towel. On Monday, Jaguars team President Mark Lamping apologized for the incident....
  • Mascot offends College Republicans

    09/11/2014 7:31:25 AM PDT · by rightsmart · 17 replies
    TommieMedia ^ | 9/10/2014 | TommieMedia
    "St. Thomas’ mascot, Tommie, was seen using a flier from a College Republicans booth to wipe his rear end Tuesday. Minnesota Republican House hopeful, Andy Brown, was promoting his candidacy in the Anderson Student Center Tuesday afternoon when Tommie reportedly grabbed a piece of Brown’s literature and proceeded to wipe his bottom with it."
  • T-shirt designer turns debate on Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo into hot-selling item

    09/03/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 28 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | September 03, 2014 | John Petkovic
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "Caucasians fever Be a believer In the Cleveland Caucasians..." You'd be hard-pressed finding fans of Chief Wahoo singing this version of the Cleveland Indians fight song. But it's been a winning pitch for Cleveland T-shirt designer Brian Kirby. You could say it's the All-Star, Rookie of the Year and MVP of sports T-shirts. The logo lampoons Chief Wahoo -- adding blonde hair and a dollar sign for the feather and substituting "Caucasians" for Indians. And it's caught on – big, out of the blue. Kirby sold $20,000 of the shirts during one recent 24-hour period – so...
  • Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans

    09/01/2014 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 1, 2014 | LOUIS SAHAGUN
    Coachella Valley High Drops Mascot That Offended Arab Americans This proposed mascot logo for the Coachella Valley High School "Arab" has been approved by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. It may replace an image that some Arab Americans found offensive. (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) By LOUIS SAHAGUN Official says school agrees to change 83-year-old 'Arab' mascot that offended some Arab Americans High school Arab mascot being retired had a snarling face, hooked nose, heavy beard and wore a headscarf For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy...
  • Coachella Valley High School Drops Controversial Arab Mascot

    08/31/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    AP) ^ | August 31, 2014 7:27 PM
    The hook-nosed, snarling mascot who wears a head scarf did not appear at the school’s season opening football game Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot was also retired. ... The Arab mascot has existed since the 1920s to recognize the desert region’s reliance on date farming, a traditionally Middle Eastern crop.... The school district refused to change the school’s “Arabs” nickname, but agreed to redesign the Arab face on the school logo.
  • Redskins owner makes name-change announcement

    03/26/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3/25/2014 | Sarah Hofmann
    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder released a statement late Monday night announcing that despite widespread calls for the team to change its name, the name and logo would remain the same. But in lieu of a name change, Snyder has created the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” with hopes to “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for tribal communities.”
  • Christian college drops 'Crusaders' nickname in bow to 'global society'

    01/31/2014 9:01:27 AM PST · by massmike · 43 replies ^ | 01/31/2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Christian college in Wisconsin is dropping its “Crusaders” nickname after nearly 50 years, claiming the moniker has become outdated in a “more global society,” university officials told Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown and its Division III athletic teams have used the name since its founding in 1968. Matt Davis, the university’s executive vice president, said no complaints have been received by the school and stressed that it coincides with its name change from Maranatha Baptist College in December. “But I also agree that times change and we understand that context changes,” Davis told “Our world has changed...
  • U.S. Trademark Office Says ‘Redskins’ is Derogatory

    01/08/2014 7:01:13 AM PST · by Third Person · 32 replies
    CBS Washington D.C. ^ | January 7th, 2014 | CBSDC
    <p>There will be no trademark for “Redskins Hog Rinds,” a bad omen for the Washington Redskins in the legal battle over their name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a request from a company to sell pork rinds using the word “Redskins” because it deemed the term to be “derogatory slang.”</p>
  • The Florida State Seminoles: The Champions of Racist Mascots

    01/08/2014 5:49:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | January 7, 2014 | David Zirin
    It’s easy to oppose the name of the Washington Redskins and call for owner Dan Snyder to change his beloved bigoted brand. After all, it’s a dictionary-defined slur bestowed on the NFL franchise by their arch-segregationist, minstrel-loving founder. When you have Native American organizations, leading sportswriters, Republicans as well as Democrats in Congress and even the president say the time has come to change the name, it is not exactly difficult to get on board. But what about the Florida State Seminoles, whose football team on Monday night won the Vizio/Dow Chemical/Blackwater/Vivid Video BCS National Championship Game? The NCAA, since...
  • In Wisconsin, Big Chief Walker signs new Indian mascot bill

    12/21/2013 7:07:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/21/2013 | Eric Owens
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an Indian mascot bill on Thursday that will make it harder for politically correct meddlers to force public schools around the state to change their mascots, logos and team names.Before he signed the bill, Walker informed state tribal leaders in a letter.“I share many of your concerns about some of the mascots and nicknames used in Wisconsin and across America,” the governor wrote, according to The Capital Times. “If it were up to me personally, I would seek viable alternatives that were not offensive to Native Americans.”In the same letter, Walker also pointed out that a...
  • Forget the Redskins, there’s a high school...mascot that’s at least as offensive [Sitzpinkler alert]

    11/08/2013 3:34:05 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/8/13 | Cameron Smith
    Much has been made of the Washington Redskins, with a national campaign dedicated to getting the NFL franchise to change the nickname and the team itself supporting high schools that share the name. Yet, as offensive as the Redskins name may be, there's a prep mascot in California that is just as offensive, if not even more so. The sports teams at Coachella Valley High School (Thermal, Calif.) compete as the Arabs. If that seems culturally offensive to you, that's because it is. The school's mascot is a cartoonish caricature of the most offensive traits prescribed to people from the...
  • Fan injured by hot dog suing Kansas City Royals

    11/04/2013 2:08:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies ^ | 11-1-13 | AP Story
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — If it had been a foul ball or broken bat that struck John Coomer in the eye as he watched a Kansas City Royals game, it's unlikely the courts would have forced the team to pay for the surgeries and suffering he's endured But because it was a hot dog thrown by the team mascot — behind the back, no less — he just may have a case. The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether the "baseball rule" — a legal standard that protects teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by events on...
  • Cornell students demand end to “male heterosexual” Big Red Bear mascot

    11/03/2013 9:08:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 56 replies
    The person inside the suit does not need to be male, but a controversy is brewing on campus as to whether the Bear should exhibit “male heterosexual” behavior:
  • Vanity- the Washinton Redhawks name trademarked in Febuarary. Freeper help needed.

    10/25/2013 11:01:21 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 29 replies
    10/25/13 | Me
    Doing some thinking today about how a few liberals made a college close to where I grew up change their name. The name was the University of Miami Redskins in Ohio. They became the Redhawks because Redskins is off course to offensive. I searched trademarks and found the name Washington Redhawks was trademarked by a guy in D.C. Back in Febuarary. Is somebody looking to get rich off this? Who is this guy? Any close ties to Dan Snyder or the Redskins? Any involvement in the protesting for the name change?
  • Amid Rising Discord Over Indian Images, F.S.U. Has Harmony

    10/24/2013 12:03:17 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Oct 2013 | MIKE TIERNEY
    Before every kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., a Florida State student in facial war paint and an American Indian costume steers a spotted Appaloosa to midfield. As the horse rises on its hind legs, the rider, who is not an Indian, thrusts a flaming spear into the turf to the crazed accompaniment of the crowd’s droning chant and an arm gesture called the tomahawk chop. Saturday will be different, though, but not because a nationwide debate is swirling around the Washington Redskins’ nickname or because some universities have re-examined their depiction of Native American culture. Remaining unimpeachable,...
  • Letter from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans

    10/09/2013 11:58:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-9-2013 | Dan Snyder
    To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation: As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization -- our players, coaches and staff -- are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise. That’s why I want to reach out to you --our fans -- about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on...
  • Oneida Nation, D.C.’s Norton Urge Redskins to Change Their Name

    10/08/2013 6:38:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 50 replies ^ | October 07, 2013
    The Oneida Indian Nation held a “Change the Mascot” symposium at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton Oct. 7. The discussion was held in a packed Fahrenheit restaurant. At the same time, the same hotel is also hosting the NFL’s fall league meeting of owners and officials, which begins tomorrow. Speakers included Ray Halbritter, the National Representative of the Oneida Indian Nation, D.C.’s Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. “Washington’s team name is a painful epithet that was used against my people when we were held at gunpoint and thrown off our lands,” Halbritter said. “When marketed by a professional...
  • The Real Meaning of the "Redskins" Debate

    09/29/2013 9:24:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | September 29, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    As a general rule, the names of professional sports teams, and their connotations, are of little concern. No one cares that the Chicago White Sox don't wear white socks, or that Utah, where the NBA's Jazz are based, is the last place you'd think of when you think of jazz. But the Washington Redskins are different. Their name is a big deal. A group of Native Americans is pursuing a suit to strip the name of federal trademark protection. A few publications have stopped using the term in stories about the team. In May, 10 members of Congress wrote team...
  • Washington Post says Redskins’ name should ‘no longer be tolerated,’ keeps using it

    09/13/2013 2:55:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 9/13/2013 | Brett Taylor
    President Obama himself has yet to “evolve” on the issue, but Slate’s decision to not use the R-word to refer to Washington’s NFL team has in the space of a month trickled up to the Washington Post, which has declared that the name should no longer be tolerated. Editorial board: The team's name is a racial slur that should no longer be tolerated— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 13, 2013 We’re not sure if there are any Native Americans on the Washington Post’s editorial board, but it published a piece today declaring that “the team’s name — no matter its...
  • Daniel Boone-like mascot for Denver college deemed offensive by administration

    08/21/2013 9:10:44 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 55 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/20/2013
    <p>Is a cartoon-like college mascot reminiscent of Daniel Boone -- right down to the legendary coonskin cap -- racist, sexist or otherwise offensive?</p> <p>Officials at the University of Denver seem to think so. They’ve announced they won’t reinstate “Denver Boone,” who was retired in 1998 as mascot for the UD Pioneers, despite calls to bring him back.</p>
  • Reveille VII dies after respiratory complications

    06/01/2013 4:18:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Eagle ^ | 6-1-13 | Allan Reed
    The former First Lady of Aggieland passed away Thursday morning. Reveille VII, the American Collie who served as Texas A&M's mascot from 2001 to 2008, succumbed to a respiratory complication at about 10 a.m., said Dr. Stacy Eckman, the A&M veterinarian who had served as Reveille VII's primary caregiver. She was 12-and-a-half-years old. The 70-pound purebred was admitted to the Small Animal Clinic at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on Tuesday morning and had emergency surgery that afternoon. Caregivers said Reveille VII seemed to be recovering well from pneumonia-like symptoms on Wednesday and that the Thursday downturn...
  • Obama: Serial Liar

    05/21/2013 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies ^ | May 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Will Rogers, the great humorist, once said, “If you ever injected truth into politics, you would have no politics.” If you injected truth into the teleprompter during one of Obama’s speeches, there would be nothing left but an empty chair. Fourteen days after the September 11, 2012 attacks, Obama appeared at the United Nations to deliver a eulogy for the man he had not troubled to save and to declare that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Obama denounced the “crude and disgusting video” that had “sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world” and...
  • College’s Husky Dog Logo Promotes Rape, Says Student (UCONN)

    04/26/2013 12:27:53 PM PDT · by drewh · 237 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:21 04/26/2013
    The new logo for the University of Connecticut’s sports teams is a terrifying husky dog that calls to mind images of sexual assault, says one student. The new logo was unveiled last week, receiving mixed-to-negative reviews from UConn fans who preferred the older, cuter husky dog. But one student went much further, criticizing the new, meaner logo for being a pro-rape symbol. Ads by GoogleIn an open letter to UC President Susan Herbst, self-described feminist student Carolyn Luby wrote that the redesigned team logo will intimidate women and empower rape culture. UConn basketball coach Geno Auriemma said the logo “is...
  • Breakfast Cereal Mascots: Beloved and Bizarre

    04/07/2013 6:24:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 95 replies
    A 2011 article in Pediatrics magazine found that children who had been asked to taste a "new" cereal reported liking the same cereal more if there were a popular character depicted on the box. "The use of media characters on food packaging affects children's subjective taste assessment," the study concluded. Little surprise, given the long history of breakfast cereal manufacturers marketing their wares with the help of colorful cartoon characters or figures already familiar from TV, movies and comic books. The following gallery shows some of the more famous (and infamous) breakfast cereal mascots. Left: Quisp, introduced in 1965 by...
  • Time for Washington to dump offensive Redskins nickname

    02/14/2013 6:46:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 106 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 13, 2013 | Mike Freeman
    It's a new day with Washington's professional football team. The franchise finally has a quarterback, management that knows what it's doing and an owner who stays the hell out of the way. Mostly. The optimism around the team hasn't been this high since Joe Gibbs won his first Super Bowl. Everything is moving forward. The flowers are blooming, the future is bright and the team still has a racist nickname. Oh, wait. As the franchise clearly takes a turn for the better and is now run by grownups, rejoining the big boys of the NFL, now would be the perfect...
  • 16 Mascots Who Really Don't Give A $#!%

    01/29/2013 7:21:34 PM PST · by Kolath · 10 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/29/2013 | Matt Kiebus
    What happens when the guy in the costume stops being cute and starts getting real.
  • A squirrel mascot named Zipper is out to pitch Necco candy lines to young consumers

    07/26/2012 5:32:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Chris Reidy
    Local geezers could go on at great length about Necco Wafers, a candy invented hereabouts in the mid 1800s. Now the candy’s maker, the New England Confectionary Co. of Revere, wants its sweets to be equally esteemed by young consumers. So, following an ad agency review, the company selected the Noonan Creative Group of Framingham to design a website that might beguile a younger demographic of candy lovers and to alert them that Necco doesn’t just make its eponymous Wafers, but that its candy line-up also includes such classics as the vintage peanut-butter chew known as the Mary Jane, not...
  • Honoring 'Wojtek' the Bear Who Fought the Nazis

    07/13/2012 3:13:03 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 3 replies
    It's a story worthy of a Hollywood adaptation. A cuddly bear cub, orphaned in the mountains of northern Iran, grows up to become a soldier in the Polish army and helps fight the Nazis during World War II. "Wojtek" the bear, Polish for "The Smiling Warrior" or "He Who Enjoys War," continues to be honored today, German news magazine Der Spiegel reports. According to legend, the bear was rescued by a young boy in the mountains of northern Iran after hunters had shot the cub's mother, and was later sold to the Polish army. The soldiers were part of the...
  • North Dakota voters to decide on Fighting Sioux nickname

    06/12/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12 2012
    A bitter dispute over whether the University of North Dakota should save or scrap its Fighting Sioux nickname headed to voters on Tuesday, even as supporters of the moniker pledged another battle this fall regardless of the outcome. The issue has been simmering on the campus for several decades but boiled over seven years ago when UND was placed on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames the NCAA deemed hostile and abusive. Those colleges were told to dump the monikers or risk sanctions against their athletic teams. Voters in Tuesday's North Dakota primary will be asked whether to...
  • NCAA announces Sanctions to North Dakota for use of nickname, logo

    03/05/2012 6:43:06 AM PST · by wbill · 31 replies · 1+ views
    US College Hockey Online (USCHO) ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | USCHO Staff Report
    The NCAA spelled out its punishments to North Dakota for resuming use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo in a letter addressed to the school’s provost, Dr. Paul LeBel, on Wednesday. The most pressing hockey-related concern is that UND won’t be able to host a women’s hockey NCAA quarterfinal game. The full text of the letter [.pdf] contains three sanctions that go into effect immediately. The full text of the letter is below: Dear Dr. LeBel: President Robert Kelly (sic) recently informed me that the University of North Dakota was resuming its use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and...
  • Mo. town calls on KU (University of Kansas) to drop mascot

    09/19/2011 4:41:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | September 18, 2011
    City officials in Osceola, a southwest Missouri town of about 950 people, are asking The University of Kansas to drop its “Jayhawk” mascot because the name refers to a group of domestic terrorists that nearly destroyed the city 150 years ago. In a resolution approved earlier this week, the Osceola Board of Alderman also asks the University of Missouri to educate Kansas on the history of the “Border War” and let people know there was more to it than William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kan., in 1863. Resentment still runs deep for residents of Osceola over the Sept. 22-23, 1861,...
  • The king is dead: Burger King creepy mascot dethroned in image makeover for struggling chain

    08/19/2011 3:19:14 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 73 replies
    The king is dead: Burger King creepy mascot dethroned in image makeover for struggling chain By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 8:31 PM on 19th August 2011 Comments (-) Add to My Stories Share The king is dead, long live the king. Not words your likely to hear at Burger King however who are losing its long-time mascot so it can refocus its marketing to reach new customers. The spooky Burger King 'King' is retiring after many years of service along with a makeover of the struggling food chain as it joins what seems to be a growing trend...
  • Burger King's "king" getting the ax: report

    08/19/2011 8:44:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 19, 2011
    (CBS News) Things are apparently changing at Burger King -- and the king himself is reportedly taking the fall. According to USA Today. the fast-food chain is de-throning its "king" character as it gives its menu more fresh, healthy options. So -- no more commercials featuring that frozen smile. The newspaper calls Burger King's plan "the first of many steps to reinvent itself over the next year," making its advertising target Mom rather than teens, and stressing healthy items on its menu, including some new ones.
  • McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald

    05/18/2011 10:40:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 87 replies
    McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald By JULIE JARGON More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and retire Ronald McDonald. The letter, slated to run in the form of full-page ads in six metropolitan newspapers around the country on Wednesday, acknowledges that "the contributors to today's (health) epidemic are manifold and a broad societal response is required. But marketing can no longer be ignored as a significant part of this massive problem." "We are committed to responsible advertising and take...
  • Fan Cited for Punching Goldy Gopher (U of Mn's Mascot)

    03/09/2011 7:54:58 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 21 replies
    A University of Minnesota fan is banned from the Sports Pavilion and Williams Arena for a year for punching mascot Goldy Gopher in the face. The Minnesota Daily reports it happened Saturday during a men's gymnastics meet. A witness says during the meet, the Gophers mascot tapped 60-year-old Douglas Dokken on the shoulder and ruffled his hair. At first, Dokken ignored Goldy's antics, but the witness says within a couple of minutes Dokken turned and punched Goldy in the face. Goldy left and talked to his supervisor and a police officer. The mascot reportedly was not hurt but the mask...
  • Ohio U. mascot reveals all: Tackling Brutus Buckeye planned since last year (Banned for life)

    09/20/2010 7:59:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Sports ^ | 8/20/10
    Ohio U. mascot reveals all: Tackling Brutus Buckeye had been planned since last yearBy Rick Chandler Mon Sep 20,2010 3:00 PM ET Today's internet sensation is Rufus the Bobcat, Ohio University's (ex-)mascot who tackled and roughed up Brutus Buckeye prior to Saturday's game at OSU. Here, as we showed you earlier, is a report on the carnage. Poor Brutus; he's the Milhouse of college mascots. Anyway, it turns out that Rufus' attack was part of an elaborate master plan which was hatched even before mascot tryouts last year. Brandon Hanning, the man inside the Bobcat suit, said that the "whole...
  • Tennessee Titans cheerleader eaten by mascot!...

    09/12/2010 4:45:21 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 26 replies
    NFL News ^ | 12th September 2010 | NFL News
    'A Tennessee Titans cheerleader is "engulfed" by a mascot.'
  • Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville branded 'patronising rubbish'

    05/19/2010 9:21:26 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 62 replies · 1,245+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/19/2010 | Heidi Blake
    The two metallic characters, named Wenlock and Mandeville, were unveiled on Wednesday night after a rigorous 18-month design process involving 40 focus groups. Apparently hewn from the “last drops of steel” left over from constructing the final support girder of the Olympic Stadium, the one-eyed creatures are intended to help young people relate to the Games. Bolt from the blue: the Olympic mascot Wenlock, left, and the Paralympic mascot Mandeville strike an Usain Bolt pose But branding experts last night called them “a calamity” and accused Olympic bosses of wasting thousands of pounds on their creation. Stephen Bayley, the prominent...