Friday, August 05, 2005

NCAA Bans Indian Mascots From Postseason

Another organization crumbles to the PC crowd. From the AP:

The NCAA banned the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments, but will not prohibit them otherwise.

The NCAA's executive committee decided this week the organization did not have the authority to bar Indian mascots by individual schools, committee chairman Walter Harrison said Friday.

Nicknames or mascots deemed "hostile or abusive" would not be allowed by teams on their uniforms or other clothing beginning with any NCAA tournament after Feb. 1, said Harrison, the University of Hartford's president.

I heard there will be a sale on backbone this weekend -- get there early, Mr. Harrison. The idea behind naming a team after an Indian tribe is not hostile and has nothing to do with race. They are simply trying to associate their team with the admirable qualities of early American Indian warriors -- strength, courage, dexterity, tenaciousness on the battlefield among other things. Are today's tribes really ashamed of that legacy? If they were smart, the different tribes would put a trademark on their name and charge teams for the use of it.

One more thing... will this put an end to scalping? I meant tickets! Lighten up!

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