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Letter: Let’s make Nodaks a permanent name

I've begun to like the jerseys and the old-fashioned moniker so much that I wonder if we made a mistake a few years ago in choosing Fighting Hawks.

Letter to the editor FSA

“Let’s go Nodaks!”

Geez, I really like those throwback "Nodak" jerseys UND has been wearing at home hockey games. Sounds like the players and fans like them, too.

I've begun to like the jerseys and the old-fashioned moniker so much that I wonder if we made a mistake a few years ago in choosing Fighting Hawks as the new nickname to replace the revered Sioux (Nodaks finished third in public voting behind Fighting Hawks and Roughriders).

No, I don't mean the no-nickname option, though there are plenty of followers who still like that. And even more that want "Forever Sioux" but aren't going to get that either. And generally, I've tired of the never-ending bickering over the name and have just wanted it to end. Yeah, but . . . what the heck, one or two more paragraphs on the subject won't hurt.

At first, "Nodaks" seemed just too darn insular and North Dakotaish to me, and perhaps it sounded too much like "Podunk." I've had second and third and fourth thoughts about it, and the more I think, the more I like it. And again, those magnificently simple jerseys with the diagonal letters! Can't think of an appropriate mascot, but I don't care about mascots.

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Therefore, I hereby move to nominate "Nodaks" as the new official nickname for all University of North Dakota athletic teams, commencing whenever someone, somewhere wants to take this seriously – and UND ultimately acquiesces.

Do I hear a second to my motion?

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