Monday, October 16, 2006

Steagle Colbeagle, Plucked

A few weeks back, the citizen/viewers of The Colbert Report used that most American of democratic traditions - ballot stuffing - to name the new mascot of the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Saginaw Spirit "Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle". The stuffing season was both inspiring and successful, igniting a 6-game Spirit winning streak (including a three-game weekend road trip that The Spirit swept - after Colbert had called it on Thursday's show). However, I recently visited The Spirit site and noticed that former #1 mascot Sammy Spirit has his head shot on the Front Office page. But what's this? Steagle Colbeagle is nowhere to be seen.

But it doesn't stop there. Over at the Spirit Kid's Club, the operation is still known as "Sammy's Spirit Kid's Club" despite Steagle having been designed, both in physique and temperment, to appeal to the pre-teen crowd.

Colbert, a southerner, appears to be behind the Spirit. But these 'oversights' have me thinking that perhaps, the whole "Steagle" affair is nothing more than a cynical attempt by the Hollywood hype machine to capitalize on the popularity of Saginaw Spirit hockey.

I wait to be proven wrong.