Monday, December 18, 2006

IUP Makes Deadspin....Probably Not For The Best of Reasons

So the Indiana University of Pennsylvania apparently chose its new mascot, combining "Crimson", their colors, and "Hawk", an animal indigenous to the western Pennsylvania area, to come up with Crimson Hawk. Hey, that's not too bad. But what happens when you Google it?

So before the university went ahead and adopted the Crimson Hawk as the new nickname - as it did Friday at the board of trustees meeting - you’d think at least one person in John Sutton Hall would have taken the initiative to find out what exactly a Crimson Hawk is.

A quick Google search leads one to find something rather, um, unique, when you type “Crimson Hawk” into the search box.

The first link you come to is for a Web site of an adults-only cartoon starring a blonde, busty woman named Crimson Hawk. The site claims to be the home of “the world’s sexiest, most powerful and most frequently defeated, humiliated and ravished superheroine.”

No joke. IUP’s student-athletes now share the same name as an adults-only cartoon. Not only that, it’s a cartoon of a “superhero” who is usually embarrassed by the opposition.

Here's the entire Deadspin post, which is well worth your time for the comments as people try to figure out where exactly the Indiana University of Pennsylvania would be located and discuss this interesting choice by the folks that run IUP.

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