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Last Dance For U of Illinois' Chief Illiniwek

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BNWriter, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. BNWriter

    BNWriter Active Member

    Caving to political correctness, the mascot the University of Illinois has had for 81 years will appear for the last time at the Illini's basketball game Wednesday.

    The political correctness gang chalks up another one but not everybody is happy as this article points out.

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2007/02/18/chief_portrayer_had_hoped_common_sense_would_win
     
  2. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    Re: Last Dance For U of Illinois' Chief Illniwek

    My only regret is that I attended the Braggin' Rights game before that goofy chief was tackled mid-routine.

    It's a caricature, but the attempt to pass it off as an authentic dance is laughable. It won't bother me one way or the other if it stays or goes. But the "outcry" from these Illini homers is going to be hilarious.
     
  3. CollegeJournalist

    CollegeJournalist Active Member

    Re: Last Dance For U of Illinois' Chief Illniwek

    It's only right. If the Big 10 is going to come out with a policy stating that they will not play teams with "offensive" mascots, they probably shouldn't have a school with one of the most offensive mascots in college athletics.
     
  4. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Re: Last Dance For U of Illinois' Chief Illniwek

    Then they better disqualify themselves from any consideration for the Pontiac game-changing moment, too.
     
  5. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Alum Robert Novak weighs in


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/21/AR2007022101584.html
     
  6. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/saraceno/2007-02-20-saraceno-illini_x.htm

    I thought this column more than hit it out of the park when it comes to the jackasses who always claim political correctness is a bad thing.
     
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    So how long until the NCAA tells the University of Illinois it has to change the name of the school because "Illinois" is demeaning to Indians?
     
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Good column by Saraceno. I always thought it was a shame that the folks who fuss about "political correctness" and claim that these caricatures honor the noble tributes of the indians weren't alive back in the day to keep the United States from killing them all off in a naked land grab or forcing them to live in sad, sorry reservations.
     
  9. trounced

    trounced Active Member

    The NCAA had also better move its offices out of Indianapolis, Indiana.
     
  10. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    And the number of people cited in the article who claim such offense to the Chief? One. The loneliest number.

    And the reason Illinois can't keep their mascot, bit Florida State can is:

    a. The Seminole tribe gaves its ok, but that's a little hard for Illinois since the Illini tribe was wiped out in its entirety a century ago by the white man, and it's hard to get an attribution from a dead man.
    b. Florida State is/has been a football powerhouse.
    c. Both of the above.
     
  11. JR

    JR Active Member

    The Saraceno column was pretty fair and measured.
     
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

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