Everybody loves it when Monty the Montezuma plunges his blade into the chest of an opposing team’s mascot and extracts the sometimes-still-beating heart.
Everybody, that is, except San Diego State visiting professor Sogy Sponge.
Sponge says that the act has its roots in “an earlier age, when human life was cheap and bloodshed was the standard method of appeasing the gods who governed nearly every aspect of daily life. To perpetuate the practice in 2016 is little short of barbarous. Some people might even call it murder."
San Diego State President Eliot Hirshman has released a statement in response to Sponge, which reads in part: “The university went through a broad, thoughtful, and thorough purpose in 2000-2003 to study, discuss, and revise the mascot in a manner that is a fitting and appropriate affiliation with Aztec culture and history. That process — led by a task force of faculty, staff, alumni and experts in Aztec culture — provided important guidelines on how to represent Aztec traditions.”