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  • 'Standing Firm,' Minnesota Style

       December 19, 2006

    WCCO News is reporting that the University of Minnesota is "Standing Firm" by refusing to play against the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux until they change their nickname.

    The University of Minnesota's athletic director said the school has not strictly enforced a 2003 policy that discourages games with teams using American Indian nicknames and mascots. But that's about to change, according to Joel Maturi, university athletic director.

    Wow, way to take a stand Maturi! I mean, I personally feel that your decision is idiotic, but at least it's bold - putting the University's money where its proverbial mouth is. Right?

    Err, not quite. The article continues:

    Maturi said his school won't compete against the University of North Dakota in any sport except men's and women's hockey because of UND's Fighting Sioux nickname.

    Maturi said the policy won't affect other schools in the University of Minnesota system, such as Crookston and Duluth.

    OK, let me get this straight:


    • UMN only plays against ND in two sports right now - men's and women's hockey. The schools will continue to play those games. (Did I mention how much money the U makes from hockey up here?)
    • The other Minnesota campuses, who do play against the Sioux, will continue to do so.

    Yes, that's right -- WCCO is calling the decision to make no changes whatsoever by continuing to play hockey against UND "standing firm." Excuse my while I fall all over myself laughing at these fools.


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