I don’t know how many of you still read the newspapers anymore, my guess is that with the emergence of the internet, it’s no longer a “must thing to do” each day. Some of you I’m sure browse through online articles of your favorite paper though, mine happens to be the New York Times.
Last Thursday before the Oregon Ducks loss to USC Trojans (Btw – nice kick Alejandro Maldonado, you didn’t even hit the net!) blowing Oregon’s chance at returning to the BCS National Championship Game for the second consecutive year, the NY Times ran an article on Oregon’s fans screaming VAGINA at football games. The Ducks have been one of the elite college football programs for quite some time now, so I was wondering what made their fans so irate. No the fans in Eugene aren’t perverted or sick, they simply like to make the spade-shaped “O” with their hands over their heads for the first letter of their team / state, in support and unity.
As it turns out, the university is so caught up in Phil Nike providing a different uniform for every game they play, no one realized making that gesture – while seeming an innocent college ritual at Oregon University sporting events – means Vagina in sign language and holding your hands over your head apparently means speaking loudly or screaming. So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, perhaps the worst public snafu since Chevrolet tried to market the Chevy Nova in Spain and didn’t figure out the reason it wouldn’t sell until someone there told them that they named the car “doesn’t go.”
I suppose that deaf fans of opposing teams might think that Oregon’s fans always shout obscenities at them and are constantly provoked to give the middle finger across the field in return, or perhaps they just yell back in sign language with another private body part, I’m not really clear on that. Either way, it seems to me that the esteemed Pacific academic institution may want to consider having the fans make the letter “D” for Ducks or maybe even let the athletic mascot – Fighting Duck, Donald Duck, Puddles, whatever the hell his name is – spell out the word “Oregon” YMCA style. Whatever they do, it appears that they are going to have to change their ways.
I did speak to one deaf Oregon fan this weekend who himself was making the “O” sign with his hands over his head after Maldonado missed the game tying kick on Saturday, but he was just cursing at the young kicker……
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