The University of Denver needs a new mascot. The school’s traditional symbol is Boone. Drawn in 1958 by an artist with the Walt Disney Company, Boone is a cute “Pioneer” character wearing a coon skin cap. He resembles Daniel Boone.
Despite the feelings of students and alumnus, the school doesn’t want to use Boone anymore because he represents the slaying of Native Americans in the eyes of the political correctness police to whom universities have become so beholden. Westword has nicely chronicled Boone’s demise.
We thought we might be able to help DU select a new mascot that represents the school’s modern spirit. Here are seven suggestions …
Bullying has never been less popular than it is now. It’s gotten a real bad rap over the past few years. A generation ago being bullied was just part of life; but campaigns to put an end to bullying have been pretty successful in the modern era. Bullying is such a bad word that’s it’s been tied to everything from alcoholism to suicide.
The Colorado Rockies, who got their asses pushed all over the playground last year, are looking to make bullying cool again – on the baseball diamond, anyway. Manager Walt Weiss has called for a new era of aggressiveness at Coors Field and has dubbed his offense “the Blake Street Bullies”. Now they’re the ones doing the pushing.
Weiss has enough tough guys swinging the bats that the Rockies are threatening from any spot in the order. One after another, players who approach the plate possess the potential to knock the cover off the baseball. Opposing pitchers either know this or will know it soon.
The lineup of Fowler, Rutledge, Gonzolez, Tulowitzki, Cuddyer, Helton, Rosario and Nelson is as potent as any the Rox have fielded since the Bomber days. Their goal is to take pitchers off their games as quickly as possible and to keep the pressure on them by swinging. The approach seems to be working – and the brand of baseball that it allows the Rockies to play will make them one of the most fun teams to watch in all of baseball.
Political correctness can be damned. Save the PSAs for some other baseball town. It’s time for some good old fashioned bullying at 20th and Blake.
"The Broncos are contenders right now. As such, Denver is an ideal destination for guys who don’t have much time left to win in the NFL. Two who may want to play here this coming season are former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and legendary Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher"
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"Denver was at its finest on April 5th, 2013. The temperature was an immaculate 70 degrees all afternoon and the clouds kept the intense sunlight at bay. It was a perfect day for a celebration - and that’s what was had."
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"The Nuggets happen to have the bulk of their depth at forward. It’s a bit over the top to say that the Nuggets won’t miss Gallo, but it’s accurate to point out that the Nuggets are better positioned to proceed without him than they are any of their other top players."
(via Bleacher Report, DenverBroncos.com)
A year ago Brandon Stokley figured his career was over. It wasn't until summer 2012 that he made the decision to join his old pal Peyton on the Broncos roster. Now he wants to return for the 2013 season but there's no room for him now that Denver has acquired Wes Welker.
Stokley told Tyler Everett from DenverBroncos.com, “I still love this game and still have the passion to play. So we’ll see what happens.”
Sadly, if Stokley wants to continue playing in the NFL he will have to do so elsewhere. John Elway basically said as much in a recent interview with KOA's Dave Logan. "He came in and was a tremendous help for us," Elways told Logan. "Great guy. Great leader. It's always hard to have a quality guy like that leave you." He added, "Having been in this league for 16 years, I had so many good friends go out the door year after year after year. You kind of realize it's part of the business."
It's pretty obvious that Elway doesn't intend to make a spot available for the veteran Stokley.
Here's a story that will make you check your calendar. But, check as you will, April 1st was three days ago. This is no joke.
JaVale McGee actually is getting a reality show ... along with his mother, Pam. And Oprah is making it.
Move over fiction, here comes truth.
According to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OLN), "The new OWN series “Millionaire Mama’s Boy” explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee....Ultimately, it’s a show about family, love and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son; all seven feet of him."
This would sound absolutely horrible if not for the fact that the show will feature JaVale. He's America's most beloved goofball athlete. It will also bring a little extra national attention to the Denver Nuggets, which is nice.
(Photo, Denver Post)
"By reaching down to the high school ranks to pluck Walt Weiss as manager and by bringing back Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla and Trenidad Hubbard, Geivett insured that the Colorado Rockies coaching staff actually cares about the Colorado Rockies. Let’s face it, not many people do."
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"Mike Rice’s misdeeds were indefensible. Still, there are plenty of people trying to defend them. The fact that he was terminated this morning is seen by some as a reaction not to what Mike Rice did, but to the outrage it spawned."
"Carmelo’s performance proved that he still sucks. Contrary to media ramblings about his newfound maturity as an established all-pro player, it demonstrated once again that Carmelo Anthony is all about Carmelo Anthony. "