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UW-La Crosse Names Eagle Mascot ‘Colbert’

Colbert with another old bird, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Colbert with another old bird, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Fake political pundit Stephen Colbert may not have a module of the International Space Station named after him, but he’s not doing too shabby. In his seemingly endless quest to cover the world (and even outer space) with objects named after him, the students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have done Colbert a solid and christened their eagle mascot “Colbert.”

More than 3,100 students participated in the vote. The results were announced Friday.

Colbert received 44 percent of the votes, followed by Ernie with 14 percent and Edgar and Screech with 11 percent each.A Comedy Central spokesman said the fake political pundit wouldn’t comment on the honor.The university of 10,000 originally chose the name Eddie. But the National Rifle Association said it trademarked that name for its gun-safety mascot.

Who needs a room in the space station when you’ve got your own college mascot? Now there’s a legacy.

Also.. .the NRA has a mascot? Named Eddie? You know I couldn’t let that one go without further investigation, so here’s a picture of NRA Eddie with what is either a gun safety slogan for kids or advice about what Natlie Portman should do the next time she sees Sean Penn.


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  • Weird, we used to have Eddie the Eagle coloring books to accompany whatever gun safety program they were teaching us in grade school. Never ever would’ve thought that was an NRA-run program. So gotta give ’em some props for that. Although I’m sure he’s been buried in the dust with McGruff the Crime Dog and Smokey the Bear..

  • I remember watching the Eddie Eagle video when I was really little. It just covered gun safety, and I thought it was awesome. Then again, I was probably six.

  • “Stop! Don’t Touch! Leave the area. Tell an adult.”

    Eddie could also be the mascot for the Prevention of Child Molestation.