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Monday, August 15, 2005

Seminole Fight

Quite Frankly is Stephen A. Smith's version of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Produced and broadcast by ESPN, Smith's daily 6:30 appointment on ESPN 2, is must see TV. In Week 1, Smith hosted AI & Larry Brown, very good TV. Today, he hosted 2 members of the Indian Nation; one in support of Indian mascots on college campuses & the other against. After a 1/2 hour, I wanted more & truly got sucked into the debate. Although, I can not honorably judge to the offense or the defense, I do know that Florida State will suffer incredible financial losses if forced to abandon the Seminole Mascot. See, the Seminole is one of the most explosive college licenses & creates millions in royalties for FSU. The latest, EA Sports College video game features FSU on regional commercials. Apparently, FSU is very entrenched with the local Seminole Tribe, has permission to use the mascot, and creates positive educational and empowerment programs to teach their students the heritage, culture & traditions of the Seminole people who lived and currently dwell in Florida. On the flip side, the Seminole members in Oklahoma, whom were forced out of Florida believe that it is offensive to portray a Seminole Chief as a strong, living legend of American history. The NCAA has marked 2006 as the deadline for removal of all Indian mascots from all NCAA member schools. So, what is the University of Illinois going to do, change their mascot and the name of the University? What Say you?


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