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[BLEEP] YOU, MASCOT! Johnny the Thunderbird


Meet Johnny the Thunderbird, one of the newest members of the mascot community. Johnny is the mascot of the St. John's University Red Storm.
It is kind of funny that a school than changed their name not to offend Native Americans would pick a Native American legendary creature as a mascot. St. John's used to be called the Redmen. But the school decided to change the name in the spirit of "Well, we didn't mean our old name to be a reference to Native Americans, but we're changing it anyway so they won't be POed."
So they changed the name to the Red Storm. And last year, the school unveiled this creature. A Thunderbird named "Johnny" in a contest. Pretty original, huh?
Actually Johnny is somewhat unoriginal and sore of lame. He invokes images of Hokiebird (the Turkey-based Virginia Tech mascot) as opposed to the mighty bird who made thunder ring out with the beating of his wings. He's not very scary. He won't be inhabiting my nightmares like Bucky Badger or Purdue Pete do.


(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)


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Meet Johnny the Thunderbird, one of the newest members of the mascot community. Johnny is the mascot of the St. John's University Red Storm.
It is kind of funny that a school than changed their name not to offend Native Americans would pick a Native American legendary creature as a mascot. St. John's used to be called the Redmen. But the school decided to change the name in the spirit of "Well, we didn't mean our old name to be a reference to Native Americans, but we're changing it anyway so they won't be POed."
So they changed the name to the Red Storm. And last year, the school unveiled this creature. A Thunderbird named "Johnny" in a contest. Pretty original, huh?
Actually Johnny is somewhat unoriginal and sore of lame. He invokes images of Hokiebird (the Turkey-based Virginia Tech mascot) as opposed to the mighty bird who made thunder ring out with the beating of his wings. He's not very scary. He won't be inhabiting my nightmares like Bucky Badger or Purdue Pete do.


(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)



Posted originally: 2010-02-09 16:31:00
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