Thursday, December 06, 2007

Dave Hakstol Finally Grows Some Sack

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota hockey coach Dave Hakstol said he feels he's part of a "silent majority," that supports the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. Now he wants to speak out. (We want the DU Boone mascot back, but you don't see Mannino calling a press conference).

"We associate a great degree of pride — we talk about history, we talk about tradition when we talk about Fighting Sioux hockey, Fighting Sioux athletics, and the name Sioux and the logo that goes with it (he didn't talk about cheap shots, running the goalie or stealing DU's recruits)."

"Right now I feel I'm part of what I consider the silent majority (another example of "silent majority" might include the Ku Klux Klan in the 19th century), a silent majority that I believe strongly supports the nickname and the logo," the hockey coach said. "And for whatever reason to this point, I've been quiet. And I feel like maybe the silent majority has been quiet. I don't feel we can be quiet anymore."

Under a settlement with the NCAA, UND must gain the support of the two Sioux tribes in the state in three years to continue using the nickname. The NCAA has labeled it hostile and abusive, and tribal leaders have said they want it changed.

Hakstol believes the nickname and logo can be kept, through better dialogue with the tribes (ie-strong arming, intimidating and bullying, in other words, typical Hakstol coaching tactics).

"I think so many good, positive things can come from it, and we need to focus on those, how do we build on those, how we get better as an athletics program," he said. "How do we do a better job in educating our people here on campus? How do we do a better job in communicating and interacting with those who are on reservations? We all have to do a better job (perhaps UND could turn Englestad Arena into casino for the Sioux Tribe).

"I think it's time for us to very respectfully, very constructively, try to start talking about some of the positives of continuing the strength of the Sioux nickname and the logo," Hakstol said. "I think this is something we all need to take responsibility for and be part of."

The Sioux host rival Minnesota on Friday and Saturday in the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"Before we go out and play, we say, 'Let's go play Sioux hockey (you know dirty, cheap shot, mascot slashing hockey),"' Hakstol said.

"Let's not tear things apart," he said. "That's my personal feeling. I'm speaking from my own personal viewpoint in that regard, but I feel very strongly about it."

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does that "great degree of pride" that he feels include the "dis-respect" UND has for our country, our servicemen/women and the Sioux Tribe, when they yell out 'home of the sioux' instead of 'home of the brave' during the National Anthem at hockey games??

dggoddard said...

I'm guessing Dave sees and hears exactly what he wants to hear.

It looks like the "Sioux logo" is doomed and this is the last arrow in the quiver.

If Hak wants to see what "Hostile & Abusive" looks like first hand he & the "Silent Majority" might want to mossy on out to the Reservation and get his hands dirty by questioning the Sioux tribe members individually.

Anonymous said...

anon yawn...

Anonymous said...

wow you guys seem to whine more than sioux fans. Im sure you guys would like to be called hostile and abusive after having all sorts of programs just for native americans and donating money to their education.

Anonymous said...

Hey DU,
As for the home of the Sioux, I have been to the gopher games and heard them say that, so are you saying gophers are threats against America too. And it's people like you morons that make the Sioux tribes look bad. Why don't you talk about the video shown before the Sioux hockey games, or the statue of Sitting Bull in front of REA. There has never once been talk about casino's, strong armed muscling, or intimating the sioux. You are the idiots that created this mess. UND has given more programs then any other college in America to Native Americans. Don't act like you have a clue what you are talking about because Oshie and Duncan lit you up Saturday night.
FU DU.

dggoddard said...

The issue today isn't what UND does for the native tribes (which is great by the way). The issue is a college hockey coach entering the fray and using his "celebrity" to try and bring about change. I think Hak is stepping in dangerous waters involving himself in a hot button issue without a likely resolution.

Anonymous said...

... but where were Oshie and Duncan friday nite when DU won the game?

Anonymous said...

"Hey DU,
As for the home of the Sioux, I have been to the gopher games and heard them say that, so are you saying gophers are threats against America" ....

Hmmm ... does he mean that he has heard Gopher fans yell Home of the Sioux?

Anonymous said...

Are the DU fans here saying that the Sioux are not living in America? I believe that America is indeed home to the Sioux as much as anyone else.

Anonymous said...

Hey, didn't the Pioneers take land from the Native Americans back in the day? How can you say that the Fighting Sioux is a hostile and abusive term when history shows that the early settlers were just as hostile and abusive for killing the Native Americans! Why is it that the Sioux name being scruitinized when throughout history, any nickname involving Native Americans or early settlers could be considered hostile and abusive? If that's the case, just change everyone's name to the bulldogs or the wildcats. Names are supposed to be distinctive and honorable, aren't they???

Anonymous said...

God Bless history teachers!

Anonymous said...

We don't need your faggot liberal Boulder crap talk. If you're not directly involved in the settling of this issue, stay out of it. You people are like a little kid who wanders into a conversation. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Sort of just like you did.

dggoddard said...

"We don't need your faggot liberal Boulder crap talk" - Anon

Hey, it was one night in prison and it wasn't my idea.