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Notre Dame's Next

by baldilocks

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 …

Boston Celtics.

Min­nesota Vikings.

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)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

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 …

Boston Celtics.

Minnesota Vikings.

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)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!