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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by InnervisionsUMASS » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:06 am

MJatUM wrote:
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Thankfully we avoided another change in 2003/4...
For now.....
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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by R&G » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:58 pm

This may have already been mentioned on this board in the past, but sometime in the mid 80's there was discussion in the Collegian regarding changing the name from the Minutemen due to the connection to the similarly named nuclear weapon. I remember that one of the options was the Doves.

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by inthescoop » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:13 pm

R&G wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:58 pm
This may have already been mentioned on this board in the past, but sometime in the mid 80's there was discussion in the Collegian regarding changing the name from the Minutemen due to the connection to the similarly named nuclear weapon. I remember that one of the options was the Doves.
Hmmm, was this pre or post the release of Prince - When Doves Cry?

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by Floyd » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:06 pm

R&G wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:58 pm
This may have already been mentioned on this board in the past, but sometime in the mid 80's there was discussion in the Collegian regarding changing the name from the Minutemen due to the connection to the similarly named nuclear weapon. I remember that one of the options was the Doves.
R&G, there was some good weed goin' around then, you sure about that?
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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by Berkman » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:10 pm

And then there were the grey wolves.

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by R&G » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:33 am

Floyd wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:06 pm
R&G, there was some good weed goin' around then, you sure about that?
Positive. It was an on-going joke with my friends and me that lasted at least a semester. And that is way too lame to have made it up.

But then again, I was probably a little too familiar with what was going around at the time.

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by Floyd » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:59 am

Seriously? I thought u were joking. The Doves? I would have left school if that happened
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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by 69MG » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:22 pm

Floyd wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:59 am
Seriously? I thought u were joking. The Doves? I would have left school if that happened
Now there's a nickname that would strike fear into our opponents. :roll:

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by DearOleUMass » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:18 pm

McKinney wrote:
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InnervisionsUMASS wrote:
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McKinney wrote:
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There's also quite a bit of Mass Aggie memorabilia on display at Old Chapel. Actually looking at some of that stuff made me realize how recent (relative to our 155 year history) we've been known as "UMass" (and all it's derivatives like UM, U of M, U. of Mass., Univ. of Mass.).

Should definitely check it out if you haven't already.
1948 is when we became the University of Massachusetts (no Amherst!) and were Massachusetts State College immediately before that. We were the Aggies, Statesmen and then Redmen all before the Minutemen, which happened even more recently, 1972. Thankfully we avoided another change in 2003/4...
Yeah that's for damn sure. I can't imagine having five athletics nicknames over our history. :!: :shock:
Was there the possibility of changing our name again in 2003/2004 that I am unaware of?

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by Quann » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:55 pm

^^^^
They were debating changing the mascot name from the Minutemen to the Grey Wolves. I am from the class of '03, I think 95 percent of people on campus at that time were flabbergasted it was even being discussed. Thankfully it never happenned.

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by Old Cage » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:52 pm

This is a bit like beating IV's dead horse, but the career of Mr. Grey Wolf, Ian McCaw, is a strange tale. He left us because he wanted to work at a Christian university. Read his Wiki biography if you are interested. He has recently been given yet another opportunity and appears on our upcoming football schedule.
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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by gosox22 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:20 pm

I wrote emails to the AD at the time BEGGING him not to make that stupid change. Minutemen is the absolute perfect mascot for Massachusetts' flagship university. To change that to Grey Wolves would have been horrific.

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by MikeEsq » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:31 pm

I'm curious what others think, but I don't like that UMass athletics is an Adidas school. We were a Nike school under Cal when we were making perennial NCAA Tournament appearances. I'd like to see us go back. Anybody agree?

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by m626t » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:23 pm

I'm fine with Adidas; kind of old school.
All due respect, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart, I'm gonna pass.

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Re: Massachusetts Athletics Branding

Post by 69MG » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:13 am

MikeEsq wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:31 pm
I'm curious what others think, but I don't like that UMass athletics is an Adidas school. We were a Nike school under Cal when we were making perennial NCAA Tournament appearances. I'd like to see us go back. Anybody agree?
I'd like to see us go back to the NCAA Tournament. :oops:

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