Monday, February 19, 2007

ILLLINIWEK: BELOVED ... AND TASTY, TOO

The fight over Chief Illiniwek rages on.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- As the clock counted down during Illinois win over Northwestern on Sunday, the Assembly Hall fans chanted a simple, one-line wish.
"Save the chief! Save the chief! Save the chief!" ...
Students are circulating e-mails and messages on social-networking Web sites with plans for, among other things, a vigil this week outside university President Joseph B. White's house.
Those at Sunday's game appeared to be unanimously unhappy about the decision but low-key in their dissent. ...
In the arena's concourse before Sunday's game, a 48-37 Illinois win, program vendors reminded prospective buyers the program included a picture of the chief.
"Chief Dogs! Chief Dogs!" Howard Rubin shouted from behind a food stand nearby.
Rubin, who said his daughter and son-in-law are students at Illinois, said the $3 hot dogs were no different than those sold at any other Illini game.
"Adding the chief name makes them a little crunchier, a little juicier," he joked.

It's good to know that, even in our darkest hours, the American spirit of capitalizing on tragedy for a quick buck lives on.

I don't know about the vigil outside the president's house. At USC, that just would have gotten us towed. But more power to students who care about something. Sure, the leader of the free world, guy with his hand on the nuclear trigger ... eh, they'll leave that to other people. But leave the ridiculous-looking mascot in the headress alone.


Ask Sitting Bull. He'll know what to do.

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