|INSULTING NAME AND MASCOT
Notre Dame has an insulting name and an insulting mascot. "Fighting
Irish?" A crude stereotype of the Irish is that the Irish drink a lot
and get into fights. You see boxing - a sport noted for its racism -
utilizing "Irish" as a nickname for certain boxers, just as it
specifies some boxers as the "Great White Hope" based on the color of
their skin. As someone who is part Irish, I find Notre Dame's bigotry
to be quite insulting. If Syracuse can change their nickname from
Orangemen to a nickname based on fruit, Notre Dame can do the same. And
note that Orangemen are also fighting Irish; it was simply less obvious.
Also, the Leprechaun as a mascot is quite insulting, as it simply
combines the worst stereotypes of the Irish into one package and is
very offensive. Why not go the whole 9 yards (something Notre Dame's
offense can't do) and use the more offensive Clurichaun instead?
|TY WILLINGHAM VS. CHARLIE WEIS
Ty Willingham and Charlie Weis were both
recently hired by Notre Dame. Charlie Weis went a mediocre 5-2 in his
first seven games with Notre Dame and was rewarded with a rich ten year
contract. Willingham went a perfect 7-0 in his first seven games with
What's the difference? Race.
A Black and White Issue
If I were Tyrone Willingham, I'd be
pretty miffed right now.
Willingham had a pretty good season during his first season as the head
football coach at the University of Notre Dame three years ago, going
10-3 and leading the Irish to the Gator Bowl. Notre Dame's new head
coach, Charlie Weis, is having a pretty good rookie year, too
the Irish are 5-2 and ranked eighth in the country.
Weis has been rewarded for his success thus far with a 10-year contract
extension that's reportedly in the $30-40 million range. What did
Willingham get for winning big in his first season? Squat —
two years later, after he struggled in his second season and led Notre
Dame to the second-tier Insight Bowl in his third, Willingham was fired.
Willingham is black. Weis is white.
|PAUL HORNUNG'S COMMENTS
"We can't stay as strict as we are as
far as the academic structure is concerned because we've got to get the
-Paul Hornung, Notre Dame alum,
Heisman winner, former broadcaster of Notre Dame games and bigot
Racism, bigotry in sports needs to end; stars half-hearted apologies no
longer good enough
Every year, a handful of over-the-hill jocks make the news with an
off-the-cuff remark they'd immediately prefer to take back. It's news
because of its ignorant nature, the candid delivery and the jock's
seemingly oblivious naiveté to the ramifications of their
It's sexist, racist, discriminatory and out-of-date. It's shocking in
its language and appalling in its intent, but the plot line always is
the same. There is the outrageously provocative comment, followed by
the uproar, then the ham-fisted apology, then the backlash. The
backlash often includes the offender's cronies - some belonging to the
maligned racial or ethnic group - saying that so-and-so really isn't a
racist, just misinformed.
This happens at least twice a year, every year, and stays formulaic to
the bitter end. Most recently, former Notre Dame football player and
Heisman-winner Paul Hornung joined the list of numbskulls to tackle
race in sports with an ignorant tongue and tone.
|PAUL HORNUNG'S HEISMAN
It is quite ironic that Hornung would make such stupid comments given
that his Heisman Trophy was awarded to him only because of racism.
You'd think he would have some honor.
Choice: Paul Hornung Notre Dame
Choice: Jim Brown Syracuse
Quite possibly the most ridiculous of all Heisman outcomes, the Golden
Boy won the award despite playing on a miserable 2-8 Irish squad. Its
the only time the Heisman has gone to a player from a losing squad, an
oddity thats unlikely to happen again. On the flip side, that just went
to show just how good Hornung was. Even so, he wasn't the best player
in 1956. All-American running back John Majors of 10-1 Tennessee would
have been a fine choice. Who couldve argued with the
Tom McDonald, top-ranked Oklahomas star halfback? However, no
in the country was more qualified than Brown, an almost mythical
athlete who was stunted by the social climate of the times and a lack
of respect for his program.