'They can't get a mascot'

'They can't get a mascot'

The "war chant" is gone. Is the "Three In One" halftime music also on the endangered list?

"Leave it alone," Loren Tate says in his weekly podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited.' "Why split the fandom, why have all this divisiveness over something when you don't have to? It's hard enough to bring fans together as one anyway. This really split them."

Tate first saw Chief Illiniwek perform in the late 1940s and was against retiring the UI's revered symbol a decade ago. When the decision to end the "war chant" became public in August, UI administrators said there would be no action taken on "Three In One."

"I do not think they will touch the 'Three In One,' " Tate says. "How long until they take another shot at it? I would think if you've been stung as bad as (athletic director) Josh Whitman and Chancellor (Robert) Jones were stung, you'd certainly want to leave that thing alone for awhile."

How about a mascot to fill the void left by the Chief?

"They can't get a mascot," Tate says. "It is not going to happen. They'd boo him off the field and off the court.

"You can force it but I'll never accept it. I can't stop you from putting it out there, but you can't stop me from hating it."

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Moonpie wrote on September 06, 2017 at 9:09 am

Prehistoric Tate Translation: they will have to pry my beloved, institutional racism loose from my cold, dead hands.

The Tatester frst saw The Dancin Injun in the 1940s and that's the decade he has lived in ever since.

And how lame--one "sportswriter" interviewing another one. The Oracle speaks!

But, hey, it's easier than actual reporting. Less time and fuss!

I nominate Red Grange as the next mascot. Or maybe the chair that Bobby Knight tossed.

The Fighting Chairs--why not for football and hoops teams headed nowhere and so they might as well sit and be comfortable.

Illiniwek222 wrote on September 06, 2017 at 11:09 am

How about a whiny ex-News Gazette lackey as the mascot?

honor9chief wrote on September 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm


honor9chief wrote on September 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm
honor9chief wrote on September 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

well bye

PortlandIllini wrote on September 06, 2017 at 2:09 pm

When I came to Illinois fifty years ago and saw the Chief dance at a football game,  I thought it was a phony Indian wardance  and a silly tradition.  

Over the next ten years,  I grew to appreciate the Chief as being a 'symbol'  of the Illini people,  and not a 'mascot' who cavorted with cheerleaders on the sidelines.  And I was always thrilled to see the Chief snake his way through the marching Illini to make his entrance at midfiield

Since the Chief has not performed for a decade,  it honestly makes no sense to keep playing the 'three in one' music:  the music that always companied the Chief's entrance onto the field.  

Playing this music is just a painful reminder of what Political Correctness has accomplished over the past two decades.  

Green Shirt wrote on September 06, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Loren is absolutely correct - any mascot would be boo-ed.  So let's choose a mascot that deserves to be boo-ed, such as Blago.  If that doesn't work, we could do a half-time version of the Washington Nationals racing Presidents, only we could have racing Illinois politicians such as Blago, George Ryan, Harold Washington, Dennis Hastert, Speaker Madigan and any of numerous other crooks and/or incompetents.

honor9chief wrote on September 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Oh well bye.

BruckJr wrote on September 06, 2017 at 4:09 pm

It doesn't matter what Jones or Whitman say about the 3 in 1.  They'll both move on before long and the next bunch can kill more of our traditions.

Illiniwek222 wrote on September 06, 2017 at 5:09 pm

What a wuss Whitman turned out to be. Very disappointing. Must be hard to look at himself in the mirror.

JimOATSfan wrote on September 06, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Here is the source of the Iowa Hawkeye name - chief Black Hawk, leader of the native American Sauk tribe.


Don't hear about their program needing to stop offending native americans.

Go Illini

illinifaningeorgia wrote on September 06, 2017 at 8:09 pm

In addition to the Florida State Seminoles, we have the Cleveland Indians and of course the pathetically named Washington Redskins. Also,  the Atlanta Braves still have their fans do the "Tomahawk Chop".

But of course we bend over backwards to be politically correct.  We should do one of 2 things: get rid of ALL Native American references associated with the sports program, or bring them all back--this piecemeal stuff is garbage.

MazingGracie wrote on September 07, 2017 at 1:09 am

Chief Illiniwek was never a mascot. He has and always will be a symbol of our true heritage and a person who was worthy of our warship and devotion. The person portraying the Chief in all of its history has never once brought shame to the symbol and at every game whether at home or away was celebrated by the loyal Illinois fans. Being Native American myself I have always found it to be an honor that my people were being celebrated and idolized and recognized as being the true face of Illinois. To me it would be more racist to get rid of the Chief symbol and replace it with a "white man" mascot and a total spit in the face to the original settlers who actually belong here. It's an honor. It's a tradition. Something to be celebrated. Treat him with the respect he deserves and bring back the Chief. My Chief.

mvillini wrote on September 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

AMEN !!!