Are the days of the famous University of Notre Dame mascot numbered? Some dude at ESPN hopes so.
During a debate Tuesday over the Cleveland Indian’s recent decision to drop their “Chief Wahoo” logo, ESPN “First Take” host Max Kellerman argued the Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot is offensive as well.
Kellerman said he is personally thanked every time he visits a reservation for his public opposition to Native-American mascots in sports.
“When I go to Native-American reservations around the country to call fights, I am approached—I’ve received feathers [Ed.: really?] in honor and letters saying, ‘Thank you for your stance,'” he said.
Based on that anecdotal evidence, he dismissed a Washington Post survey that found nine out of 10 Native-Americans are not offended by team names like the NFL’s Washington Redskins. (…)
“Many Irish-Americans are not offended, but many are. And should that also change? The answer is yes, unequivocally yes,” Kellerman said, as his guest Will Cain groaned and facepalmed.
I’m with ya, Will.
As an honorary holder of the Irish Card – it’s the O thing – I have permission to speak on this: are you fecking kidding? Some of my best friends are straight-from-the island Irish! (Yes, I played that card, too.) I can’t wait to tell them about it. They will laugh their butts off.
Back when the Redskins were under fire for their mascot, someone asked me what I would do if a professional sports team decided to change its mascot to, say, the New England Zulu Nation.
Answer: buy a jersey.
All cheekiness aside, this is getting out of hand.
Next? To name a few …
New York Yankees.
My high school alma mater, the LA Romans. /gratuitous
And, definitely the LA Raiders and the Pittsburg Pirates. Pirates were and are often Muslim.
Watch and see.
(Thanks to Ed Driscoll)
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