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Sports Mascots

This Holiday Season Let's Replace Disparaging Slurs

American Anthropological Association | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

We call on sports teams with Native American names and mascots to consult with contemporary tribes and follow their guidance. Abandon negative characterizations and where it is mutually desired embrace positive identities so that we may preserve our Native American heritage.

What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

Mona Shattell | Posted 10.31.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice while holding a doll with a black eye.

7 Illinois High Schools With Surprising Mascots

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.24.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Fall sports season is underway for Illinois high school students who are wearing their school colors and being cheered on by their schools' mascots. But among the ubiquitous Eagles and Wildcats, some Illinois high schools have some pretty creative mascots.

Watch A Bootleg Cubs Mascot Punch A Man In A Bar

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.07.2014 | Sports

Event the friendliest of furry mascots have a breaking point. A man dressed as the unsanctioned Chicago Cubs mascot "Billy Cub" apparently reached...

Network Accidentally Airs NSFW Pic Of Cubs' Pantless New Mascot

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Though Chicago Cubs' announcement of their first mascot in modern history has been met with plenty of jeers, the team is standing by their bear -- eve...

The Cubs Now Have A Mascot And It's Named 'Clark'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

For the first time in nearly a century, the Chicago Cubs again have a mascot. On Monday, the Cubs unveiled "Clark," their new mascot. Here he is in...

Walker Signs Controversial Indian Mascot Bill Into Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a controversial bill Thursday that makes it harder to force schools to change race-based team names and mascots...

Passing the Hot Potato on Indian Mascots

Lawrence Shulruff | Posted 02.16.2014 | Comedy
Lawrence Shulruff

Despite what many consider to be a racist, degrading, insulting and out-of-date mascot, the Washington Redskins football team refuses to change the team's name. No need to penalize the home team. I've come up with the perfect replacement.

Utah Jazz Bear Gets Revenge On Houston Rockets Basketball Fan

Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 12.16.2013 | Sports

Apparently, Houston Rockets fans don't appreciate silly string in their beer. Unfortunately for the Jazz Bear, he had to find out the hard way. Fortun...

Controversial Mascots Throughout The Years

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 12.02.2013 | Sports

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) — A California high school is redesigning its mascot of an Arab after an Arab-American group complained that the portrayal of a...

WATCH: Beloved Mascot Viciously Body-Slammed By Fan

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.04.2013 | Sports

This wasn't part of the act. Hockey enthusiasts in Canada were outraged after a minor league mascot was body-slammed to the ice by a fan Saturday....

It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

Larry Atkins | Posted 08.05.2013 | Sports
Larry Atkins

It's not just the name that is offensive, it's the cartoonish manner in which the mascots and symbols are portrayed, such as Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians mascot, or the use of the Tomahawk Chop and war chant by fans of the Atlanta Braves and Florida State Seminoles.

PHOTOS: Meet The Most Popular Sports Mascots In America

Posted 05.16.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Bulls may have been bounced from the playoffs, but they're winners when it comes to having the nation's most beloved mascot. (See pho...

Mascots, Ignorance and Racism

Tim Giago | Posted 11.23.2012 | Sports
Tim Giago

It is much more difficult to fight ignorance than racism. In a way, ignorance and racism are one in the same, but until white and black Americans walk one mile in our moccasins, they will never see the difference.

Mascots School to Offer Ph.D.

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.15.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. -- A mascot is a person or animal that is adopted by a team or other group as a symbolic figure. Sports teams employ individuals ...

Top 10 Moments in Sports Mascot Failure

Posted 04.14.2012 | Sports

Mascots have become an ingrained part of virtually every type of sporting event from all over the world. Some people love them, and some people (like ...

Indians as Mascots for America's Fun and Games

Tim Giago | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home
Tim Giago

As I wrote many times since, I did not write that headline. It was like waving a red flag in the face of the Redskin football fanatics. Since then whenever I have to use the Redskin word I always refer to it as the "R-Word." And why should it not carry the same inference as the "N-Word"?

50 Most Ridiculous Mascots

Posted 01.27.2012 | Sports

Often mascots are relegated to the sidelines of sporting events, but some of them are every bit as entertaining as the event itself. Especially if you...

POLL: Is Billy Better Blue? Marlins Mascot Get Rainbow Dorsal Fin, Brave New Look

Posted 12.01.2011 | Miami

A fish called splendor? He's certainly something. The new-look Miami Marlins unveiled a fresh -- and at first glance, alarming -- new paint job for be...

What's In A School Name And Mascot?

Tobias Winright | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Tobias Winright

How would Christian students feel if they attended a Muslim-affiliated school whose mascot was the "Jihadists" (even though this term doesn't necessarily mean "terrorists" or "indiscriminate killers of non-Muslims"?

Novak Djokovic and the Crowd Whisperer of the U.S. Open

Sam Sommers | Posted 11.07.2011 | Sports
Sam Sommers

A video has been making the internet rounds showing tennis star Novak Djokovic dancing himself silly after a victory at the U.S. Open, but Djokovic's impromptu dance performance wasn't actually impromptu.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 08.10.2011 | New York
Len Berman

This may be the season that seriously tests the Yankees resources. OK, we know they have deep pockets, but how deep are they willing to dig into them?

The 10 Strangest College Mascots

| Carly Sitzer | Posted 07.20.2011 | College

You probably thought you saw it all—the strangest of the strange—when Her Campus brought you the 10 Strangest College Mascots. Who thought it coul...

Why The Mascot Has The Toughest Job To Get On Any Field

AOL News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Think the odds are slim of ever playing on a pro sports team? Getting to be the mascot is even tougher. "There are only 125 positions available in th...

Dreams of Mustached Mascot of the Year

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dr. Abraham Froman

I'm a dreamer. And much like my fascination for Mr. T causes me to repeatedly dream I'm his sidekick in "A-Team" episodes, I've always dreamed of bein...