It’s been four years since the Ossining School District ditched the Indians as a team mascot in favor of the RiverHawks, a politically correct fit of pique which angered the old guard. The hard feelings bubbled to the surface last week when the name was changed (again!) to the O’s.
In a couple of columns on the issue I mentioned an alternative mascot on the thematic order of Sing Sing Prison.
Mike Reynolds, a town resident and sometime candidate for local office, seized on this.
“I have met a lot of Indians and have even been cured by a Navajo medicine man.” he said. ” IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also a member of the Native American Legal Rights Fund.
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never met an Indian who resented being called an Indian. The only reason the Native American Rights Fund is called that is not to offend Politically Correct white donors.”
Reynolds then suggested some Sing Sing-style mascots that I hadn’t heard before.
The Slammers, The Singers, The Wardens, The Guards, The Shanks, The Punks, The Rats, The Salad Dressers (Don’t ask) The Cagers.