The World According to kcillini77

February 17, 2007

Farewell, Chief

Filed under: America,Sports — kcillini77 @ 10:49 am


The University of Illinois yesterday announced that Chief Illiniwek will no longer grace the basketball court or the football field as of next Wednesday. It was an inevitable step after relentless pressure by some outspoken critics for years. The death knell was sounded when the NCAA injected itself by issuing an edict banning “offensive” mascots. Somehow performing an authentic dance in authentic dress is considered offensive and demeaning by the NCAA office, so if Illinois wants to host any more postseason events, the Chief has to go. Next I think the NCAA should start attending ethnic festivals – Irish, Italian, African, Russian, German, etc. and demand that anyone who is not actually Irish stop dressing Irish and dancing Irish dances and that only Germans can dress in lederhosen and do traditional German dances. Somehow actually trying to experience another culture (the goal of such festivals) is interpreted in the case of Chief Illiniwek as a caricature, a la the Cleveland Indians Chief Wahoo. But Chief Wahoo survives, and Illiniwek is dead. Rest in peace, Illiniwek. We will remember.


  1. The next thing will be that some will want the name of Illinois or Indiana changed.

    Comment by Dan — February 17, 2007 @ 10:55 am | Reply

  2. But the Chief was offensive, wasn’t it? Because I could have sworn that the NCAA said something about the Jayhawk mascott being offensive to birds, the Tiger mascott being offensive to tigers, and Notre Dame’s mascott being offensive to the Irish. Oh wait, they didn’t. Oh wait, and they parade those mascotts out on the field, make them available for shameless promotions that benefit no causes (if you watch carefully, some mascotts are used in used car-dealer advertisements), and in general mock and make asses of them in public view. But honorable symbolism and respect for a SYMBOL is to offensive for these intellectuals to stand for. Gotta love the NCAA and our Liberal-Slave-to-Political-Correctness alma mater.

    Comment by Joshua — February 17, 2007 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  3. This is a sad day. My understanding is the vast majority of Native Americans were not offended by the Chief. It was a small group of liberal activists – many of them not Native American – that put the full court press on the Chief. The NCAA has a LOT of serious issues it could be dealing with but it has decided to distract is self with some side issue that is virtually unrelated to college atheletics.

    Comment by Bob — February 19, 2007 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  4. When do you think the NFL will crack down on the Saints and MLB on the Padres? Aren’t they all offensive to Christians (and Hispanics)?

    Comment by tex — February 26, 2007 @ 11:02 am | Reply

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