Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Short Takes on Mascots, Mutts, Fans and Foundlings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Short Takes on Mascots, Mutts, Fans and Foundlings

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That awkward stage (thumbs down)

St. Louis University's new Billiken mascot got overwhelmingly negative reviews after its new look was unveiled Wednesday. Half gray and half white with a big blue eye, the mascot is intended to match the new logo the campus began using in November. The mascot's distinctly menacing look has some fans recoiling.

No matter the public's outrage including alumni threats to stop donating SLU President Fred Pestello did what a good parent should do, responding with humor and good spirits to the disparaging comments.

"Change is hard," he tweeted. "@The_Billiken is currently going through puberty. Like us, his awkwardness is best met with compassion."

Seems like a message that has meaning beyond the Billiken.

Check your ticket stubs (thumbs up)

In early 1995, in the first blush of enthusiasm over the Los Angeles Rams' decision to move to St. Louis, an organization called FANS Inc. (Football At the New Stadium) received 73,710 applications for 46,000 "personal seat licenses" the right to buy season tickets at the domed stadium then under construction downtown. A lottery chose the lucky winners, who spent from $250 to $4,500 for each PSL, then had to buy tickets on top of that.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. ruled those people are now basically out of luck. In ruling on three lawsuits brought by PSL owners who claim their seat options are still valid even though the team has moved back to Los Angeles, Limbaugh said the original PSL contract sold by FANS Inc. clearly states that a team relocation would terminate the contract. The judge hasn't yet determined how much, if any, of the PSL money the Rams will have to refund.

However, the Rams themselves later sold some PSLs as the original PSL holders got tired of bad football. Those PSL contracts didn't contain termination language, Limbaugh ruled, and so their owners may have a claim on tickets in Los Angeles.

There's a moral in here somewhere, but we're darned if we know what is, other than that in the NFL, even cruddy football pays.

Missy, no longer missing (thumbs up)

Anyone doubting that dogs can perform magic needs to read the story of a St. Bernard named Missy on the Post-Dispatch website. Missy's saga started five years ago in Colorado when the Mahaffey family adopted her as a companion dog for their daughter, who has special needs.

Shortly after being adopted, Missy disappeared from the family's fenced yard. She turned up matted and flea-bitten in Festus last week. A Jefferson County Animal Control officer took Missy to a groomer, who found she had an identification chip.

A friend of the groomer did some detective work to track down Missy's owner, and another friend is driving Missy to Colorado to be reunited with the Mahaffeys. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is giving the driver a low-price rental fee of $10 a day, and Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller is waiving the shelter fees. …

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