Amherst College – Mascot For Hire

Lord Jeff

(Image Credit MassLive.com)

Our friends at Amherst College, according to the Associated Press, are currently window shopping for a new mascot for their institution of higher learning. The trustees there believe using “Lord Jeff” as the unofficial/official mascot has now created too much negative buzz since it is named for 18th-century British General Jeffery Amherst…who in his historical bio among other things was credited with the idea to deliver blankets infected with smallpox to Native Americans. As is usual in muddled matters of mascots there are alumni, faculty and students on both sides of the argument whether or not to keep “Lord Jeff” around.

I recapped the above story for my wife as she was standing on the other side of our living room last evening. Her immediate response was, “You said the mascot is Lord Jeff right?”

“Yes.”

“And he’s based on Jeffery Amherst.”

“Yes.”

“Well, what are they doing about the name of the school?”

(Crickets…)

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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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16 Responses to Amherst College – Mascot For Hire

  1. Funny! Everything in balance.⚖

    Liked by 2 people

  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Bingo … She asked the best question.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. George says:

    That’s why we need the ladies in our life. They understand things we never even see..:(

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amy O says:

    That is too funny.

    It’s even funny they picked Lord Jeff as a mascot in the first place. Trying to think of another case like that, where a team picked some historical figure. Are there any?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Amy, I think there might be a few smaller schools in the Northeast here that may have them. Obviously George Washington University in DC stands out…but as far as picking another nation’s historical figure…that has to be quite rare.

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  5. cmblackwood says:

    Ha ha! That was too funny. Thanks for the chuckle, Bruce! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Truth is funnier than fiction. Great story

    Liked by 1 person

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