My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


The End Is Near--But Only In The Playoffs

As if political correctness wasn't rampant enough on college campuses; now the bureaucracy has decided it needs wider latitude over the governance of mascots.

The NCAA (search) 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 (search) said Friday.

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

This is just mind-numbing. Beyond the whole stupid PC thing, let's just look at the logical consequences of such a thing. Come January, 2007, let's all look forward to the National Championship Game between the Florida State . . . Sentinels? . . . and the Utah . . . Ukeleles? . . And for the highlight films for such an event, would editors have to go back through all the tape and blur out any reference to the real names? And how far does it extend? For instance, would the marching Bands have to get new uniforms to remove the logos or lettering that referred to the original mascot?

And for that matter, why stop at American Indians? I'm sure there are thousands of people who were affected by the recent hurricanes that have struck the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama, and elsewhere--will the Miami Hurricanes have to change their name? But only for postseason?

George Orwell, phone home.

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