Illinois is Rolling Out a New Otter Mascot, For Some Reason

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Barfolomew's picture

Last paragraph is savage, Kevin.

Also, otters are very punable.

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Browns88's picture

River Otters have got to be the coolest animals ever.  Kick back and pound clams on your belly.

Browns88

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allinosu's picture

I've been saying for years that Otters have the most fun that I've seen. They just look happy all the time.

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JSel16's picture

The last sentence is what I hope my retirement is like

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Crumb's picture

There was nothing wrong with their previous mascot.

And, great! Another weasel! Wisconsin, Minnesota, ttun, and Illinois! 

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CALPOPPY's picture

There was nothing wrong with their previous mascot.

I agree entirely but that’s all I think I can say about that without jailing myself. Because once I start down that road, it’s leading to nothing but bannable comments.

Memento mori

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Crumb's picture

Well I responded to the person below and I hope that's not bannable! I appreciate the comment and presumed upvote Calpoppy. I hope you are well, friend!

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cricejr's picture

I think that's easy for you to say.  And I will admit I actually like the idea of Illinois celebrating the culture rather than some tomahawk chop, which Chief Illibuck seemed to me to be. But my not being offended doesn't mean everyone isn't.

With that being said....an otter???

I bleed scarlet...literally

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Crumb's picture

I guess I always thought along the lines of the Seminoles, they considered it a badge of honor that their tribe was used to symbolize strength, teamwork, and a group to be emulated by friends and feared by foes. And for people seeking education and bettering of their lives and the world in the territory of their tribe to share their name. But to each their own I suppose. That's how I see it, but I understand how some can be offended and feel like they're being mocked. As someone of Scandinavian and Irish descent I try to think of the positives of the Minnesota Vikings and Notre Dame Fighting Irish even though they're portrayed in more ways that are stereotypes than most Native American groups these days (note I said most, not all). 

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BillShermansGhost's picture

Just wanted to add to your thought here,  Watched a documentary from when one of the first protesters of Chief Illiniwek, (she herself was native) explained why she was protesting.  And her complaint was that the Chief was not a representation of a native tribe, i.e. paying homage like the Seminole at FSU, but rather a caricature of natives, which she, and others were offended by.

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Dr. IlliBuckeye's picture

These significant otters are fans of the new mascot.

Buckeye in the desert of Washington state.

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Dr. IlliBuckeye's picture

A living river otter would be interesting.

Buckeye in the desert of Washington state.

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Hovenaut's picture

Because badgers, gophers, and terrapins (wolverines are boring) weren't wild enough.

Tell me someone in Champaign misspelled "other" on the new recruit selection ballot...

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rkylet83's picture

I like it.  Probably fun and amusing for the kids which is pretty much what mascots are for in my opinion.  

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Buckeyeneer's picture

First thing I thought of as well.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

What the heck was it before? I really can't remember.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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NW Buckeye's picture

Their previous mascot was Chief Illiniwek - from 1926 to 2007.  He bit the dust in 2007 because he was perceived as an offensive portrayal of native Americans.  They have not had a replacement until now.  
 

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Knarcisi's picture

This is correct. These schools nicknamed after Native American tribes are gonna have a hard time finding a decent and fitting mascot. 

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AC's picture

Introducing Alma Otter: The Mascot Illini Nation Deserves.

Illinois fans should take that personally 

emotionally exhausted and morally bankrupt 

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NHBuckeye's picture

The “for some reason” at the end of the title is just perfect.  LOL!!!  

Fields of Dreams

 

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Moo Strength's picture

If I identify as an otter, can I be offended now and demand they replace it?

If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness! -Theodore Roosevelt.

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CowCat's picture

The Otter vs. The Illibuck. So confused ...

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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PRO8's picture

 IlliBuck no longer exist... it is now the OtterBuck trophy lol  Was the trophy originally a turtle carved from the wood from a Buckeye tree?....it is also the only trophy game the FB Buckeyes play and I think fans quit caring about the trophy being a thing decades ago. Strange that we never had a Trophy with ttun for the game and the only one we do have is with Illinois. Does the OtterBuck trophy now come into existence and will it be an Otter carved out of the wood of a Buckeye tree?

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CowCat's picture

Well, hopefully no live otters are involved. Let the tradition continue.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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t-dub's picture

The original was a live turtle, death intervened 

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

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PRO8's picture

Alma Otter... is this one of the few mascots that are seemingly female with that name? This has got to be a play on alma mater ...

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Dr. IlliBuckeye's picture

The name of the statue is "Alma Mater".

Buckeye in the desert of Washington state.

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

This otter be fun 

Feed the trolls

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PRO8's picture

Here ya go, just write the scores across the belly

 
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CALPOPPY's picture

And give it a football rather than a clam.

Memento mori

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rand443's picture

sad days we live in

rand dittmar

 

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smokeybandit's picture

That mascot is offensive to otters.

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CowCat's picture

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Ethos's picture

It doesn't do clams, its a river otter.  Sis is an alum, says this isn't the mascot, just a proposal by the student body, but has to be approved and she said it doesn't have a chance.

Apparently Alma Mater is a bronze statue on their campus and illnois boasts a shit ton of otters in the state:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Mater_(Illinois_sculpture)

The 10,000-pound statue depicts a mother-figure wearing academic robes and flanked by two attendant figures representing "Learning" and "Labor", after the University's motto "Learning and Labor."[1] Sited at the corner of Green and Wright Streets at the heart of the campus, the statue is an iconic figure for the university and a popular backdrop for student graduation photos.[2] It is appreciated for its romantic, heraldic overtones and warmth of pose. The statue was removed from its site at the entrance to the university for restoration in 2012 and was returned to its site in the spring of 2014.[1]

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Otterbein is not happy about this.

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analyticalguy's picture

Time to schedule a rivalry game to settle it!

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bucksfan92's picture

Uh oh, looks like someone at Illinois was a little premature with that publish button.  This was scheduled for a 4/1 release, right? 

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Rocket Man's picture

If we wait long enough, I'm sure the Otter mascot will offend somebody.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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Buck298's picture

So, they are now no long the Illinois Illini? But now the Illinois Otters? 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Yeah, that part confuses me. 

And amuses me as well.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Buck298's picture

I'm confused too. You would think someone otter know.

Send the Earth Reverberating

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CreekBuck's picture

Bwahahahahahahahaha an Otter! Seriously? an Otter?  We ott not make fun of the Fightin water weasels.

You win with people.

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

One of the few Christmas movies I try and watch every year. Jim Henson was the shit.

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CreekBuck's picture

You got to be weaslin me?  It's not nice to weasel around and make fun of water weasels.

You win with people.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

So does this mean the Ill-buck is going to become the Otter-Buck where we get a fuzzy animal every time we beat them?

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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CreekBuck's picture

The Fightin Water Weasels...put your dukes up.

You win with people.

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Dr. IlliBuckeye's picture

I personally like the Fighting Abe's

Buckeye in the desert of Washington state.

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CreekBuck's picture

This is otter non-sense.

You win with people.

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CowCat's picture

This mascot looks like a deformed Clemson tiger. Otter than that, I can live with it.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Or the sane looking version of it.

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