Ole Miss Chooses a New Mascott

On October 7, 2010, Across our Confederation republished an article written by D.S. Reif. It was a political satire piece about the University of Mississippi ( Ole Miss) caving into political correctness and getting rid of their beloved “Colonel Reb” mascot. In the satirical piece Reif imagines that Ole Miss chooses the new mascot of Uncle Sam and renames their team “The Yankees”.









Well folks the results are in and ESPN reports that:

“The voting results are in for Ole Miss’ new mascot:

 62 percent — Rebel Black Bear

56 percent — Rebel Land Shark

42 percent — Hotty Toddy

 It was a close race, but the surprise isn’t the winner (it was really the safe choice, after all), it’s that the vote adds up to 160 percent. Maybe spend a little more time in math class and less time gnashing teeth over mascot selections, huh Ole Miss? Coaches that ask for 110 percent think you need to rein it in a little.”

Of course ESPN isn’t exactly happy with this choice either, reporting that the bear isn’t “black enough”…

“While we’re on the subject, could the artists who mocked up Rebel Black Bear at least have made him, you know, black? They’re not the (Rebel) — Brown Bears. Yes, we’re well aware that some black bears are actually brown. But some are also white or gray or even bluish. Have colors joined numbers in being banned from the Ole Miss curriculum?”

Seems Mr. Reif’s political satire of having the “Uncle Sam” mascot and changing the name of the team to “The Yankees” still might have a chance of becoming reality yet…although this writer feels that “Uncle Sam” might not be “black enough” either. -Webmaster 

Nevertheless, Rebel Black Bear is the clear winner. Committee co-chair Margaret Ann Morgan explains the choice by saying, “it has a Mississippi connection.”


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