Mere minutes after the Blogger hamsters haul their lazy backsides off the couch and drag this post to the internet, your William and Mary Fighting Wrens kick off their postseason in Richmond against the Dukes of James Madison University. W&M's mascot search has received a great deal of publicity in the past week, with such notables as Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and...um...and...well... this guy weighing in on the topic.
To which we say, "Nice to see y'all. Been wondering when you were gonna show up." Let the record show the Gheorghe: The Blog officially began supporting the Wrens as W&M's new mascot on November 20, 2007. Sure, we said it was a hideous idea smacking of political correctness and William & Mary's notorious tendency towards bland inoffensiveness, but we came around pretty quickly. Especially when the Wrens started winning basketball games.
W&M lost twice to JMU this year, but that was before we rejuvenated the Fear the Wren campaign. No mercy tonight - we're beaking the Dukes all the way back to Harrisonburg. We leave you with this inspiring, if completely misguided quote from W&M Dean of Admissions Henry Broaddus:
Most usefully of all, The William & Mary Revolution serves as a double-entendre for both a central mascot and an ongoing campaign for the College to open minds, to build leaders and to challenge orthodoxies.
That's what's done at William & Mary. It's what's been done at William & Mary for five centuries, and the Revolution would be an effective shorthand for it.
Viva la Revolución!
Yes, well, that's 100% wrong on a number of levels, but I'm all for the double-entendre part. Viva le Wrens.