And yet the resounding, nationwide “WTF” lives on.
Listen, I’m not here to preach about the merits of surrendering Colonel Reb to Union forces, or even slip in a classic Admiral Ackbar joke (or ten).
In fact, considering the other two finalists — out of an initial pool of over a thousand — were the “Hotty Toddy” and “Rebel Land Shark,” and the winner only got 62% of the vote, I suppose I have no choice but to applaud the Mississippian masses’ election of the “Rebel Black Bear” as Ole Miss’ new mascot.
But was even the mere prospect of such a dilemma necessary?
Again, just as a reminder, this isn’t about Colonel Reb. Screw him and his antiquated, anachronistic outlook on the modern world.
I mean, he was, like, so stuck in the past, man. Right? And a past that obviously so many in Mississippi were sensitive to, if not outright ashamed of.
Taking that rat’s nest out of it, though, is one not still forced to wonder: Uhhh, just how in the hell did we get to a damn “Rebel Black Bear?”
Well, let’s explore that after the jump…