(Image source: ESPN)


 

BY MATT PICHT

 

 

ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast took a surreal turn Saturday when actor Bill Murray showed up as a guest commentator. Veteran host Lee Corso predicted the Florida State Seminoles would win their impending matchup against the Clemson Tigers, and Murray disagreed. Violently.

 

“Oh no! It’s the takedown!”

 

Just to clarify, that was Bill Murray in the tie-dye shirt and purple hat body-slamming a 78-year old man dressed as a Native American mascot.

 

We should note Corso traditionally dresses up as the mascot of his favored team in the upcoming game. (Via ESPN)

 

In this case, Corso went with Florida State’s Chief Osceola, a real-life Seminole leader who has served as FSU’s mascot since 1978. The character drives a burning spear into midfield to open FSU’s home games. (Via YouTube / cnw8891)

 

FSU’s mascot has the nominal blessing of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who help design the mascot’s appearance. The NCAA recently reversed a ban on using the mascot during post-season play, despite heated objections from some Seminole nations.

 

Corso has donned Native American garb before in the 17 years since the tradition first began, but his latest skit comes at a pretty bad time.

 

The controversy over the Washington Redskins name and mascot is back in the headlines again, after remarks by President Obama sparked a renewed push for the team to change its branding — and a broader debate about the use of Native American imagery in sports. (Via New York Post)

 

A SportsGrid writer says: “Apparently ESPN and Lee Corso are unaware of this thorny Native American mascot issue we’ve got going right now. But Bill Murray will not let this blissful ignorance stand.”

 

Unsurprisingly, Corso’s display provoked some outrage and indignation from the Native American community. A spokesperson for the National Congress of American Indians told The Atlantic the incident showcased the typical disrespect the sports world displays toward Native Americans.

 

“Good-natured rivalries are one thing. Wearing the Native equivalent of blackface is quite another. … Our heritage and culture are not honored or respected by the slurs and caricatures used by sports teams.”

 

But sports writers were more captivated by Bill Murray’s wrestling moves. Most of the headlines focused on Murray’s offensive tackle over Corso’s offensive performance. (Via SBNation, USA Today)

 

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Murray’s better at brawling than picking winners. FSU beat Clemson handily 51-14.

Lee Corso Dresses as Indian Chief, is Tackled by Bill Murray

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Oct 20, 2013

Lee Corso Dresses as Indian Chief, is Tackled by Bill Murray

(Image source: ESPN)


 

BY MATT PICHT

 

 

ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast took a surreal turn Saturday when actor Bill Murray showed up as a guest commentator. Veteran host Lee Corso predicted the Florida State Seminoles would win their impending matchup against the Clemson Tigers, and Murray disagreed. Violently.

 

“Oh no! It’s the takedown!”

 

Just to clarify, that was Bill Murray in the tie-dye shirt and purple hat body-slamming a 78-year old man dressed as a Native American mascot.

 

We should note Corso traditionally dresses up as the mascot of his favored team in the upcoming game. (Via ESPN)

 

In this case, Corso went with Florida State’s Chief Osceola, a real-life Seminole leader who has served as FSU’s mascot since 1978. The character drives a burning spear into midfield to open FSU’s home games. (Via YouTube / cnw8891)

 

FSU’s mascot has the nominal blessing of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who help design the mascot’s appearance. The NCAA recently reversed a ban on using the mascot during post-season play, despite heated objections from some Seminole nations.

 

Corso has donned Native American garb before in the 17 years since the tradition first began, but his latest skit comes at a pretty bad time.

 

The controversy over the Washington Redskins name and mascot is back in the headlines again, after remarks by President Obama sparked a renewed push for the team to change its branding — and a broader debate about the use of Native American imagery in sports. (Via New York Post)

 

A SportsGrid writer says: “Apparently ESPN and Lee Corso are unaware of this thorny Native American mascot issue we’ve got going right now. But Bill Murray will not let this blissful ignorance stand.”

 

Unsurprisingly, Corso’s display provoked some outrage and indignation from the Native American community. A spokesperson for the National Congress of American Indians told The Atlantic the incident showcased the typical disrespect the sports world displays toward Native Americans.

 

“Good-natured rivalries are one thing. Wearing the Native equivalent of blackface is quite another. … Our heritage and culture are not honored or respected by the slurs and caricatures used by sports teams.”

 

But sports writers were more captivated by Bill Murray’s wrestling moves. Most of the headlines focused on Murray’s offensive tackle over Corso’s offensive performance. (Via SBNation, USA Today)

 

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Murray’s better at brawling than picking winners. FSU beat Clemson handily 51-14.

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