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Coup Against Gunston

The rebellion against Gunston has been officially launched, if you haven't been paying attention. CAA fans from far and wide are hammering the fuzzy fella in the comments section of my previous item. (Gunston is George Mason's amorphous green mascot, if you haven't been paying attention.) Sample words: "laughingstock," "embarassment," "ashamed," "worst mascot in the history of the NCAA," etc. Good thing we've got those profanity filters, I'm guessing. Plus, they're now selling "Guck Funston" t-shirts. Plus, they're now trying to raise $900 to buy their own Patriot costume. Suffice it to say, Gunston does not appear to be very popular among Bog-reading Mason alumni.

And in truth, after watching this, I kind of see their point...

Anyhow, two updates on this breaking story.

I caught up with George Mason alum Miss Virginia (2005) Kristi Glakas at a press conference this afternoon to promote the Jimmy Lange fight at Patriot Center next month. [Miss Virginia (2005) and Jimmy are old pals, and Miss Virginia (2005) will sing the National Anthem at the fight.] Naturally I asked her about the most pressing issue of our time.

Me: What do you think?
Her: I don't know anything about it.
Me: Do you know who Gunston is?
Her: It's the big, huge fuzzy thing.
Me: Right. Some people want the mascot to be something that looks....
Her: Like a Patriot?
Me: Exactly. As long as you're a Mason person, I figured I'd ask you.
Her: Yeah, I don't know, I'm not so much for mascots. I think 99 percent of the time, they're annoying and nobody likes them anyways. So the spirit is with the students, and you saw that during the Final Four, you saw that come out more than at any university I've ever seen. So it's kind of in us, I think, like we're the mascot, you know? We're Patriots.
Me: Ok, so if you had to choose between a Patriot and Gunston?
Her: A Patriot, yeah, I probably would. It makes a little bit more sense, I think.

I also caught up with "Money" Mike Sawyer, who will fight on the undercard and who was wildly entertaining enough to warrant his own blog entry, which will come later. But he's also a Mason alum, and so he also gets space to comment on Gunston.

I think it's ridiculous, it should be a Patriot. Gunston, I mean I don't even remember what it was. What was it, a bird? An elephant? Dude, a Patriot, why not? There's nothing more politically correct than a Patriot; we're all in America, we believe in freedom, you know what I mean? What's the big deal?

The Realests people, with your Gunston flip-flopping, what say you now?

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2006; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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