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Monday, October 12, 2009

Ind. Decisions - "Judicial Follies - Encyclopedic Knowledge"

That is the heading of this long opinion piece by Frank Zotter Jr. in today's Ukiah California Daily Journal. The topic, 7th Circuit Judge Terence Evans' 2004 decision in Crue v. Aiken, 370 F.3d 668. A quote:

Evans then launched into a lengthy discussion of how colleges drum up school spirit by giving themselves bizarre nicknames, usually applied to the school's sports teams. As he explained: "In the [area where Evans' court is located], some large schools - Wisconsin (Badgers), Purdue (Boilermakers), Indiana (Hoosiers), Notre Dame (The Fighting Irish), DePaul (the Blue Demons), the University of Evansville (Purple Aces), and Southern Illinois (Salukis) - have nicknames that would make any list of ones that are pretty cool. And small schools in this circuit are no slouches in the cool nickname department. One would have a hard time beating the Hustlin' Quakers of Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), the Little Giants of Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Indiana), the Mastodons of Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana), and the Scarlet Hawks of the Illinois Institute of Technology."

He also included these helpful facts: "Some schools adorn their nicknames with adjectives - like Golden,' for instance. Thus, we see Golden Bears, Golden Bobcats, Golden Buffaloes, Golden Bulls, Golden Eagles (15 of them alone!), Golden Flashes, Golden Flyers, Golden Gophers, Golden Griffins, Golden Grizzlies, Golden Gusties, Golden Hurricanes, Golden Knights, Golden Lions, Golden Panthers, Golden Rams, Golden Seals, Golden Suns, Golden Tigers, and Golden Tornadoes cheering on their teams."

The point of the opinion piece? It is not exactly clear.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 12, 2009 12:53 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions