Wednesday, January 25, 2012

P.C. in Athletic Teams

Here's a little bit of wackiness from Utah: P.C. in sports team names gone amuck.

The story line is simple: Student body votes on a team name; the school district overrules them, saying it's disrespectful. A little P.C. So whose sensibilities were being spared?

Would-be Corner Canyon High School is due to be finished in 2013. The students chose the Cougars as their mascot — a name that the principal, the unfortunate Ms. Bailey said carries an ugly connotation that is disrespectful to women.

Whoa! Cougar is disrespectful to women?

In popular culture, the cougar is a sexually aggressive middle-aged woman who attracts younger men. Someone should have sent copies of the memo from them to the University of Houston and Brigham Young University!

The school board, helpful to a fault, changed the team name to Chargers। Like the San Diego Chargers. Perhaps they should have also referred to this handy guide:
Cougar (sex reference)
Bear (gay sex reference)
Trojan (condom reference)
Indians (Ethnically offensive)
Bulls (offensive, too much like BS)
Hawks (might be seen as making fun of conservatives)
Kings (celebrates totalitarianism)
Giants (offensive to those with growth abnormalities)
Bullets (too violent)
Warriors (too violent)


  1. The school board may have been a bit oversensitive to this, based on their television-watching or gossip magazine-reading.

  2. This whole PC thing is getting out of hand. Some years back the DC basketball team changed its name from the Bullets to the Wizards because many felt that "Bullets" was an inappropriate name for a team in a city with such a high murder rate. I suggested "Sloths," which seemed appropriate given the presence of Congress, but "Wizards" ended up winning the day, if not all that many games. Go figure.

  3. The term "cougar" as used in that sense is comparatively recent, no more than three or four years at most.

  4. I wonder if Ms Bailey reads the urban dictionary? Maybe some weirdness rubbed off on her.

    Bailey - SEXY HOT GIRL. A girl so hot she doesn't even know so she goes for the assholes or weirdos.