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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Is "Oklahoma" offensive?

No, not the state of Oklahoma, just the word "Oklahoma." The Coyoteblog takes aim at the NCAA:

So I started to think about the University of Utah Utes, who are also on the hitlist. Apparently, using a name derived from the Ute Indian tribe is no longer Kosher in the NCAA. Which leads to the obvious question - can the University of Utah even use the name Utah any more at NCAA events, since it is derived from the Ute tribe? Instead of "Utah" on their uniforms, will they have to have something like "that state between Nevada and Colorado"? Same with Missouri, Illinois, and both the Dakotas, all state names derived from local Indian tribe names. And don't even get me started on the 40 or so state names (including my own Arizona) derived from Indian words. How about Indiana, which means "land of Indians"? Or Oklahoma, which is Choctow for "red people".

Just remember that everything is offensive and you'll be alright. Oh, and read the whole thing.


  • I'm really hoping that some school decides to go to a bowl game using only their latitude and longitude as descriptors, thus showing how ridiculous this has all become.

    The latitude could be the school name and the longitude the nickname, if the NCAA has rules forcing school name and mascot name. That would be freaking hillarious.

    So if the Badgers make a bowl (yeah, that's a big if) they can change their football teams name to the

    43.09 North -83.37Westers.


    By Blogger E.S.K., at 5:23 PM  

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