December 17, 1989, was the day “The Simpsons” dethroned Cosby before his “hobby” had a chance to do the job. In the 26 years since, TV’s first prime-time cartoon has presented viewers with many memorable characters.
With the announcement this week of Harry Shearer‘s departure, the iconic cartoon will be without the voices of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and a host of other residents of the not-so-fictional city of Springfield.
But the shockwave passing through the shorts-eating world of Bart Simpson made FishDuck.com ponder the place of ‘Cartoons in the World.’ Are there cartoon characters that could be associated with the schools of the Pac-12? We asked no less an expert than the ‘Magic 8 Ball.’
First up, the Cougars of Washington State. There is something a little … off about WSU. From Mike Price‘s signature implosion at an Alabama’s ‘G-String cafe’, to Paul Wulff’s opening presser consisting mostly of “I Hate Purple,” things just aren’t right up there.
Add in Mike Leach‘s famous diatribe against “fat little girlfriends” and you have a certain mad scientist vibe in The Vamoose, or whatever they call that God-forsaken part of the world.
FishDuck.com associates Sheldon Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants with Washington State.
Next, we want to talk about the Wildcats of the ‘University of Arizona.‘ The recent announcement of Amanda Pflugrad‘s new job with the Celtics makes us remember
the bottle throwers who injured Katelynn Johnson.
Then we remember what a scar on the landscape Tucson is – and we have the cartoon character FishDuck.com associates within the Wildcat family, to prove it.
The Golden Bears of the University of California is next on our radar.
Berkeley is in one of America’s most beautiful parts of the world. They have a strong recruitment base right in their back yard – the weather is among the best in the conference and the school has an academic tradition bested only by Wazzu. California should be strong. But they are not strong. Most of the time, they are downright bad.
Ah, those wacky funsters we know as the Huskies of the University of Washington.
What can be said about the Huskies that hasn’t already been said by the judge in the Jerramy Stevens case?
What admonition can we give the Dogs that hasn’t already been stated by Hope Solo‘s probation officer?
The Huskies have spent the last decade-and-a-half deciding whether to be mostly evil or merely inept. Hmmm, evil ineptitude — works for me.
FishDuck.com‘s feelings about our in-state rival (not Linfield, the other one) are evolving as time goes by. While we used to lump the Beavers of Oregon State into the same category as Washington, decades of humiliating the Corvallis Unfortunates have softened our hearts.
Now we find OSU kind of … adorable. Have you ever put your hand against your little brother’s forehead at arm’s length and invited him to swing away at you? That’s what the Civil War has become.
The Beavers bleat about “doing it the right way” and “family atmosphere” — all the while chewing their wool-filled pillows because — they aren’t us. I find them charming.
The Fighting Ducks of the University of Oregon stand alone atop Mt. Awesome. Our strong work ethic, our commitment to progressive principles, as well as athletic and academic rigor, makes the UO the pinnacle to which all others should aspire. The only cartoon appropriate for the Good Guys is …
Top photo by cartoonimages.com
Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.
He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as “TacomaDuck.”
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