November 2nd, 2010 11:45 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Tennessee Volunteers
When it comes to mascots, I usually don’t lose much sleep over them. When one goes away — Colonel Reb — I’m not likely to don a sandwich board and declare that my heritage is being trampled on. Nor am I likely to fire off a snarky column because some school has chosen a new on-field mascot that doesn’t tie directly to said school’s sporting nickname.
Mascots are for children. Kiddies get their photos taken with mascots. I know of no adults who want to hang out with mascots. I wouldn’t want to go to dinner with a mascot or have a mascot do my taxes. Would you?
So why should anyone care about what a school chooses to be its new official “Big Bird” or “Snuffaluffagus?”
Ah, but many do care. When Ole Miss announced that its new on-field, live mascot would be someone in a black bear suit, there was outrage in one corner, guffawing in the other.
“A black bear? In Mississippi?”
Yes. Black bears in Mississippi. Laughably, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger set out to prove that there are indeed black bears in the state of Mississippi and they found — in fact — that the population is growing.
So take that all you masters of mascotology. Looks like you’ll just have to get upset over something else.
Might I suggest a rant on why the Alabama Crimson Tide has a guy in an elephant suit roaming its sideline. Or a blog post asking what a bluetick coon hound has to do with the Tennessee Volunteers. Or a column asking why the Auburn Tigers have an eagle as their live mascot.
Or you could do what I do and just say, “Who cares?” Mascots are for kids anyway.
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