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George Mason Basketball: Gunston back in the News

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Gunston back in the News

Mason's furry green embarrassment of a mascot is in the papers again, this time the Washington Post has printed a story from a writer who is as biased towards Gunston as I am, if that was possible.
"The school is considering whether to spruce up Gunston, a friendly monsterish thing named after founding father George Mason's ancestral home, or get something . . . else. For an institution without many traditions -- it has changed dramatically in its 36 years, from an often-overlooked commuter school to an increasingly residential, diverse and competitive research university -- the choice of a mascot is another way to try to establish Mason's identity."
I've heard these rumors of change for awhile now and frankly I'll believe it when I see it. Maybe the picture above will move things along more quickly. Frequent readers of this blog know of my hatred towards Gunston, if not read it for yourself here. I am pretty sure this picture proves Gunston's methods of getting student support, it all makes sense now. You would think that after the Final Four run in 2006 the school would take the time and money to get a new mascot considering people outside of the DC area now know that GMU has a men's basketball team, but hey at least we got new uniforms last year.


Blogger Brian said...

Have you ever noticed that the guy inside Gunston constantly has to adjust the head on the costume? I think the costume is made poorly because after every little dance or move he makes other than walking, he'll place both hands on the head and kind of adjust it.

If you haven't noticed it yet, you definitely will now, and it will annoy you and make you laugh.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I have noticed. What it is, is the person inside sees out through the mouth, but Gunston's mouth doesn't stay open very well and isn't very wide to see out of. So you'll notice he grabs the corners of the mouth and sort of pries the mouth open a little more. But yes, I think the costume is pretty cheaply made. I mean come on... they could get a better wig for it than that rag they haphazardly drape across the head.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Brannman. know it's good for you. said...

Ah, the hate for Gunston. I'm guessing the Gunston-haters don't have kids...

However, I see your point. The POST article (I also posted it last weekend on my blog) pissed me by stating that Mason had gotten away from an actual Patriot (who happened to be white), because this would be offensive to "our diverse student body".

I hate that PC crap. George Mason WAS a Patriot. And he was a white guy. Deal with it, America.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

GMU, where diversity in race is more important than diversity in thought.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Whatever they do they definitely need to update that raggedy-a** costume. That said I kind of like that he's sort of amorphous and ambiguous, not because of some PC "white guy" nonsense but because it makes him unique and identifiable. Besides, everybody loves a Muppet (right?). Believe me, a tiger, a bear, or even a guy in Colonial garb is not as memorable as Gunston as sad as he is. Unless there's a really interesting, pertinent idea out there they should stick with what they have except to update and improve it and let some tradition build around him. Otherwise if you change just to change you could easily end up "improving" the mascot into something much less interesting.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Embarrassment? That mascot is awesome!

4:32 PM  

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