Friday, March 06, 2009

Viva la Wrens

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 RevoluciĆ³n!

Yes, well, that's 100% wrong on a number of levels, but I'm all for the double-entendre part. Viva le Wrens.

26 comments:

Whitney said...

MGL picked the Wrens to upset the Dukes. Makes me nervous, but I like it.

But the F-ing (short for Fighting, natch) Wrens are down 6 with a minute remaining in the 1st half.

rob said...

wrens close all half, before falling behind by 7 at the break. double entendre them, you sparrow-dicked bastards.

Whitney said...

Now down 10 just 5 mins into the 2nd half. Looks like tomorrow night just got freed up for us rather quickly.

Whitney said...

Okay, the rout is on. Down 17. Good gracious, we suck.

rob said...

sigh.

rob said...

lester hudson is awesome, but it looks like we won't get to see him in the tourney.

Mark said...

Lester is a really underrated name.

rob said...

jesus, mark. like whitney needs another excuse for an inflated sense of self-worth.

also, let's go peay.

Mark said...

No, no Rob. As a last name its a fucking disaster.

Like, say Roscoe, its only effective as a first name.

Whitney said...

Nobody had a reply to "also, let's go peay"? I think we've all been bringing our C-game all week.

rob said...

back in the early 70s, playground legend fly williams played at austin peay, leading students to create the chant, "fly is open. let's go peay." it remains one of the greatest things in the history of ever.

TJ said...

Your leader entering the third round of the Honda Classic?

Y.E. Yang.

Yeah, I've never heard of him either.

Mark said...

Along the same lines of Rob's little story about Fly Williams (btw, if you've never heard that anecdote before promptly punch yourself in the face)...my Dad went to college in Kansas City and, at that time, the NAIA Championships were held there every year. During this same time, Norfolk St. was an NAIA power and one of there cheers went like so:

"We don't drink, we don't smoke, Norfolk Norfolk Norfolk!"

If said with the appropriate accent, thats got to be one of the better cheers of all time.

Mark said...

Or not...

TR said...

They're chanting Sam Young's name in Pittsburg these days...

TR said...

...and in Pittsburgh

Mark said...

Radford's just upset VMI. They'll be plenty of below average students (and a few good ones from Va. Tech too) partying in Radford tonight.

Mark said...

Well, apparently Radford was the top seed. My bad.

rob said...

the partying, though, will still be top notch.

not so much in college park.

rob said...

georgetown beat depaul, 48-40. if you look up 'desultory' in the online dictionary, you'll find a youtube of that game.

Whitney said...

Coolest thing A-Rod ever did? Get surgery so he's out 6-9 weeks.

Whitney said...

And Towson (10-21, 5-13 CAA entering the tourney) appears to be this year's W&M, by the way.

But it's a shame that even if they win the CAA tournament, they won't go to the Big Dance because of clause 143.12-j that says "no team that loses to William & Mary by 20+ points within one month of Selection Sunday can ever be invited to the NCAA Tournament."

rob said...

a hearty 'fuck you' to cbs for switching from the missouri valley final with less than a minute left in overtime so we could see the opening tip of carolina/duke.

TJ said...

The Terps lost to Virginia yesterday? That's pitiful with a tourney bid on the line.

Mark said...

Evidently my local CBS station is waaay cooler than Rob's. They stayed with the MVC Championship game to the end. Haha, fuck you Rob.

rob said...

davidson falling to c of c.

cbs execs to committee: 'nice little tourney you got there. be a shame if the curry kid and his mom don't make it. we understand each other?'