SIOC Goes to the Movies
We're gonna say Borat was the best film of the year. We'll go with Talladega Nights as the best sports movie. And we can't resist taking a cheap shot here. For worst movie of the year, hands down, Dane Cook's awful Employee of the Month. What do you say?
Should Native American Mascots be Banned?
Dan Maloney, who portrays the current Chief Illiniwek, told SIOC that it isn't as much an insult to Native Americans, as "a part of the experience of going not only to a University of Illinois sporting event, but of going to the University of Illinois." On the other hand, the Chicago Tribune's Dawn Turner Trice wrote yesterday that the university made the correct decision because Chief Illiniwek "took powerful religious and cultural symbols and perverted them."
While some schools simply decided it was easier to appease the NCAA and change their team names were (St. John's -- from Redmen to Red Storm; Marquette -- from Warriors to Golden Eagles), others (Florida State Seminoles, North Dakota Fighting Sioux) aren't budging so easily.
Today, we want to know what you think. Did Illinois school officials make the right move in eliminating Chief Illiniwek, even though a New York Times poll revealed that more than 9,100 students voted in favor of keeping the mascot while 4,000 voted against it. Or are these symbols a slight to Native American culture that needs to be rectified now. Or should they be taken on a case by case basis. What's your take?
Who will be Cutting the Nets in Atlanta?
Either Ohio State or Wisconsin will be the new No. 1, but is either team better than the Gators? We say no. Florida has more talent, better teamwork and more big game experience. Unless one of their big guns (Horford, Noah, Green, Brewer) go down with an injury, we don't see any reason why the Gators shouldn't be the team to beat heading into the NCAA tournament.
Does Florida deserve to stay No. 1? We think so. A road loss in the SEC is nothing to be ashamed of. Sure, North Carolina has plenty of talent, but the Tar Heels are young and have lost twice to Virginia Tech. Ohio State and Wisconsin can duke it out in the Big Ten, but when all is said and done the Gators have the goods.
Today we want to know who you think is the best team in the nation and who you think will be cutting down the nets in Atlanta.
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