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C'mon, enough with the mascots already

College football fans, pay attention - the Miami Angels have passed the Florida State Goodguys for the second spot in this year's Bowl Championship Series rankings. If things stay true to form, the Angels will play the Oklahoma Smiles for the National Championship in January.

Sound farfetched? Maybe so, but the Angels, Goodguys and Smiles are all examples of neutral, good-spirited, nonconfrontational mascots. Call us insensitive, not compassionate or uncaring, but we don't understand all the renaming going on at colleges and universities across the country right now.

Officials at Wheaton College in Illinois changed their mascot from the Crusaders to the Thunder in March. The move came after critics claimed that the college, which is a non-denominational Christian institution, glorified medieval crusaders who killed heretics and others who did not believe in Christ.

Last month, the administrative council at Nebraska's Wesleyan University renamed their mascot the Prairie Wolves. Administrators at the university, formerly called the Plainsmen, thought the new name was more sensitive in regards to both gender and ethnicity.

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