The mascot debate/fandom thread

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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
I'd like to think that if it were official, there'd be actual DIA branding on it. I don't see any, so I'd doubt it's legit.
it’s likely not legit , but I don’t know if the DIA was ever officially connected to the Chief , either
 
#427      
it’s likely not legit , but I don’t know if the DIA was ever officially connected to the Chief , either
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this logo was on our players' shorts for a few years:

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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this logo was on our players' shorts for a few years:

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the circle Chief logo was fully embraced by UI and the sports teams (DIA) . but I don’t think the student who portrayed Chief Illiniwek was decided by or governed by the DIA .

i’m not sure who the Chief “reported” to.
 
#431      
Quick story. As you know, Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander was a very vocal Chief critic for many years. Probably because we didn't offer him a football scholarship coming out of high school. Anyway, many years ago, I decided to call up Mike North on WSCR and let Chicago media/sports fans know about the real Rick Telander. Telander, like myself, lived in Lake Forest at the time (I don't anymore). I let Mike know that the mascot for the Lake Forest Scouts' high school teams was an Indian wearing a loin cloth. And Telander at the time was very vocal about his son playing football at Lake Forest (wrote about it in SI). The football helmet had a decal of a spear with a feather. I also let Mike North know that Telander's local junior high team mascot was an Indian brave as well - loin cloth and all. The Score made fun of Telander's hypocritical stance for many, many years after my call. I also wrote a letter to the Lake Forester (local Pioneer Press), detailing efforts by some Chicago journalists to get rid of the Chief, and what it would eventually mean for our beloved Lake Forest Scout logo. Telander never wrote about the Chief again.