“I hate you all… Equally.” –George Preston Marshall
FORT WORTH, TEXAS– The University of Mississippi has shortened one of its fight songs to discourage football fans from chanting “the South will rise again” during part of a song played by the school band before and after games. ‘Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones says he asked the school’s band director to modify the song to support the efforts of the Associated Student Body. He said he has received complaints from alumni that the slogan is offensive.
- “The fact is, the phrase ‘The South Will Rise Again’ is not part of our tradition or spirit, and it is inconsistent with the university’s values and what Ole Miss stands for â€” a great public university with a focus on the future.”
Jones, who was hired in July, said this in a phone interview Thursday. The decision has not been universally accepted, however. Some fans have continued to recite the chant at the end of the song, From Dixie With Love, despite the change made last week.
Well, the fact is the South is 0 and 1, and in case a rematch is scheduled the nuclear subs are parked in Connecticut. So perhaps the decision had a bit to do with the stark realities of the situation.
The Associated Student Body Alumni, in an effort to placate those who think that their mascot, Mr. Reb, is offensive, have proposed changing the name to the Mississippi Overseers. â€œHell, the players are students and students need oversight and directionâ€ stated Joe â€œSmileyâ€ Fournette, head of the Jackson Area Chapter.
In related news, the University of Southern California has announced that it is getting rid of its nickname, the Trojans:
- â€œWe play Notre Dame every year, and they feel strongly in the sanctity of life and that every sperm is sacred. Having a name associated with a popular prophylactic device was hard on us, hard on our players, and very, very hard on our cheerleadersâ€. – PR Director Biff Doodley.
They will now be known as the USC Natural Rhythm Methods.
Notre Dame, for their part, has announced that the nickname â€œFightinâ€™ Irishâ€ will be abandoned after the upcoming season. â€œFigures of speech and characterizations of ethnic identities that may have been appropriate in earlier times are no longer in vogue.â€ stated University spokesman Father Luvboys. â€œWeâ€™ve researched it via focus groups, and have come up with a new moniker that reflects both our proud ethnic heritage. Henceforth, we’ll be known as the “Happy Go Lucky” Irish.”
Father Luvboys also mentioned that the Notre Dame band is enforcing a donâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tell policy, to bring the unit into line with current Catholic teaching and theology:
- â€œHey, if gays arenâ€™t good enough to march in a parade with Boston and New York City firemen, why should we let emâ€™ in our band.â€.
Controversy also continues to reign at many campuses across America, and in the professional ranks, that the use of Indian tribal names and nicknames is offensive to Native Americans. The NCAA, which in a 1995 decision banned teams with Indian names from hosting any tournaments, apparently agrees. Officials at the University of Utah â€˜Utesâ€™ have attempted to sidestep the issue, claiming that the name does not refer to the native tribe in the region. â€œA guy from Jersey who was an early Mormon pioneer came up with the name.â€ stated Utah History Professor Brigham Young XXXXVIII. â€œHe called them utes. Ya know, young guys. Like, these utes these days, they got no respect for their eldersâ€. When asked about the feather and Indian iconography that also accompanies the team, Young XXXXVIII said â€œAw, thatâ€™s just fer decorationâ€¦.coulda’ been anything, we jus’ thought the feathers looked nice.”
The Washington Redskins, in the meantime, continue to be wholly unapologetic about their use of a term widely thought to be the equal of the â€œNâ€ word to Native Americans as the nickname of their team. Washington, whoâ€™s fight song originally said â€œfight for old Dixie, which was later changed to fight for old D.C.â€™, was formerly owned by George Preston Marshall, an avowed racist who made Washington the last team in the league to integrate in 1962 (and under duress by the Federal Government), Marshall managed to continue his racist ways after death; In his will he left a considerable endowment to fund a charity dedicated to helping underprivileged children in the Washington area. The document however, contained a provision that stipulated no money was to be used to help minority children. Not even, um… redskins. Nice, eh.?
Finally, to separate themselves from schools like Washington State and BYU who also use the nickname Cougars, the University of Houston announced they were updating the mascot to â€œfit the new image of the school, and the area of Houston, capitalizing on assets that the area is well known forâ€. The new mascot will be a late 30â€™s to mid 40â€™s woman, who shops at the right stores, belongs to the right clubs, maintains that size 3 figure with a strenuous workout regime and has had just enough touch-up surgery to ‘subtly’ enhance. She will, of course, have the requisite beefy monthly payment coming in from a former spouse. Applications are now being accepted for Cougar Mascot position, with assurances that the winner gets dibs on all those â€˜scrumptious young thangsâ€™ currently on football scholarships. Letâ€™s go Houston, Cougar up! Let the fur fly!
And this week’s major games, from Dr. Diz (Eddiz’s alter ego);
#4 TCU over dem utes from #14 Utah, as Lee Corso wears the Horny Toad head for the second time this year.
#23 West Virginny in an upset special of #5 Cincy at home in West “By Gawd” Virginny.
#8 O-HI-O ends #13 Eye-Wa’s dream of the roses.
#9 Pitt, playing like the days of Dorsett, beats those happy go lucky Irish.
The fightin’ cocks of South Carolina give #1 Florida a scare, but fall short… Showing that ya can beat those cocks.
#16 Houston, #6 Boise State and a resurgent Navy all have easy victors.
Can #25 Stanford do it twice in a row and upset #10 USC. Nope.
And #15 Okie State and Texas Tech get into a western shootout; the Red Raiders prevail.
That’s all for now, the great Angry Ward tomorrow.