Saturday, November 24, 2007
I Vote for the Red Wolves
Because the NCAA decided to ban "hostile and abusive" mascots from its ranks instead of fixing the BCS Bowl mess, Arkansas State must change its mascot, the Indians. The favorite name for a lot of fans has been the Red Wolf. Now, the very thought of sitting in Indian Stadium and not hearing the Fight Song or Cherokee has been a tough pill to swallow for this diehard Indian fan.
On the way home the other night, I went through all of the phases of mourning for the Indians and I was ready for a new mascot by the time I stepped out of the truck. I thought the Red Wolves sucked the least of the 12 names the mascot committee selected. I didn't think much of it until my 2 year old and I made an afternoon outing to the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center. They have a mounted red wolf. They were indigenous to Region 8 until about 100 years ago. When you hit a button, you can hear a pack of red wolves howl. It sent chills up and down my spine. It was at that second I decided that we have to become the RED WOLVES!