The proportional 3 ft long sharp beak could be a problem.... not sure why we just wouldn't go with an (orange and) blue marlin and go all out.This day and age is all about cute and cuddly. Little babies, dressed in their orange and blue onesies, should want to hug and cuddle with Mama Kingfisher, in all her orange and blue splendor.
All the students had the opportunity and ability to vote. I don't think that it's the university's fault that the majority don't seem to care one way or the other on this issue.So only 7,819 students voted? This was open to all the students on campus correct? Seems like the university could use a better way to get the student's opinion on campus.
Yet there the No. 11 Bluejays were Saturday, the players mobbed by court-storming students after a 77-60 victory over No. 8 Seton Hall. Moments later, the banner was unfurled from the rafters on the north end of the arena.This would never happen.
Again, we were using Illini in 1872 when the student newspaper, The Student, was replaced by The Illini. We were Illini that early. “Fighting” was added after WWI. The Native American had already been firmly established by then, with a Chief’s head in profile used in stadium fundraising. That didn’t appear out of thin air.If the Fighting Illini is meant to pay homage for the WWI soldiers, then I think that's a worthy symbol.
Russian troll?If we make a stupid asz bird our mascot it’d be a national article that everyone will rip on and make fun of. I‘d prefer not to be the laughing stock of college sports. It’s either Chief or nothing period... And since the US can’t get anymore pc I’ll go with the latter
time is a flat circleAs long as we are still the Fighting Illini, I don’t care what they have flying around the stadium. (Or on the sidelines)
If they change our name, though, I’ll join whatever movement puts a stop to it.
(And, IMO, that is not a far fetched idea...in the next few years, someone WILL try to take away the Fighting Illini name again)
I can imagine my friends from other B1G schools laughing. Oh, the humility. Yeah, even the Big Rodent people. But I’m thinking of one Michigan State fan who will razz me unmercifully.If we make a stupid asz bird our mascot it’d be a national article that everyone will rip on and make fun of. I‘d prefer not to be the laughing stock of college sports. It’s either Chief or nothing period... And since the US can’t get anymore pc I’ll go with the latter
Thank you for the video of Chief's last dance. My daughter is a freshman at UI and thinks that the Chief was racist. I have tried to explain the love and respect for Chief, that he was a symbol, not a mascot, but she just sees a suburban white boy dancing around in a costume. (no offense meant to anyone, I was a suburban white boy) Watching this video brought tears to my eyes. I forwarded to her, hopefully she will see the emotion. Won't likely work, but, I can't let it go.Hear me out please? I'm on board with the Kingfisher for a couple of reasons and this could be a great opportunity to bring the Chief back in a subtle way. If you don't know the St. Joseph's Hawk and its story, watch the first link. If you do, go to the second link. Can you see the Kingfisher doing the Chief's dance? I can.