The Force is apparently strong with the University of Mississippi.
I read on Topless Robot earlier today that Ole Miss is in search of a new mascot after retiring longtime Rebels mascot Colonel Reb in 2006. On February 23, the school turned to the student body to vote on a replacement. The current favorite? Admiral Ackbar, the Mon Calamari leader of the Rebel Alliance fleet who led the assault against the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi.
I can’t help but crack a smile at the thought of collegiate football players being forced to wear uniforms emblazoned with a Star Wars character. And, indeed, having Admiral Ackbar march up and down the sidelines at a bowl game would definitely count as a major geek victory in our eternal struggle against the jocks. But, ultimately, it all comes down to whether or not Ole Miss would be able to work out a deal with Lucasfilm to use the character. I’m no economist, but I’m guessing it wouldn’t be cheap.
Still, it would be all kinds of awesome if we could one day witness packed stadiums chanting “it’s a trap!” in anticipation of a blitz. Make it happen, Rebel Nation.