Department of Unfortunate Juxtaposition

I was listening to the noontime broadcast of NPR news, which always includes a segment for state news, and heard that Joe Manchin wrote a letter to MTV asking them to cancel BuckWild, which is essentially the Jersey Shore goes downstate WV. The VERY NEXT PIECE, which the announcer presented without so much as missing a beat, was the following news story:

Some people are appalled, others are supportive – either way, Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble won’t be taking his official rifle hunting anymore.

Recently, videos of Kimble surfaced on the internet, sparking mixed reactions. The video shows Kimble and a freshly killed black bear, which was shot with the same rifle Kimble takes to official appearances as the Mountaineer Mascot – such as football and basketball games.

Kimble broke no laws in hunting with the rifle – officially, there are no University codes preventing him. However, he has chosen to keep his Mountaineer rifle for appearances only.
“I know other Mountaineers have gone hunting with it – to kill deer and stuff, but it’s probably just better to keep it to appearances,” he said.

Love this state.






42 replies
  1. 1
    eemom says:

    J-u-x-t-a-p-o-s-i-t-i-o-n.

    You’re welcome, snookums.

  2. 2
    sheithappens says:

    I think you finally figured out a way to get rid of me Cole. After over a year of trying to ban me all attempts have been futile.

    However, this man crush you have going with Fat Bastard Christie might just do it. I am having trouble keeping down food every time I read it.

    Once a Republican moron always a Republican moron.

  3. 3
    Karmus says:

    @eemom:

    J-u-x-t-apo-s-i-t-i-o-n.

    Some say potato…

    But, uhm, John, I just have to say: you sat on VAWA thread for this? That’s an unfortunate juxtato.

  4. 4
    JustRuss says:

    Am I the only one who thinks using a real, potentially loaded weapon as a prop at a sporting event is incredibly stupid? But then FREEDOM, I suppose.

  5. 5
    BGinCHI says:

    Sometimes you eat the bar….

  6. 6
    NCSteve says:

    Could be worse. If it one of the eastern Kentucky regional universities had a “Mountaineer” as a mascot, the misused prop would have been six sticks of dynamite.

  7. 7
    Schlemizel says:

    @sheithappens:

    PLEASE! Feel free to go the fuck away & stay the fuck away.

    I am sick to the teeth with assholes whos only comment is to bitch about this poster or that * drag beefs into new threads.

    You dipshits add nothing of value here – since it pains you so much don’t read BJ. I’m sure there are fetish pron sites that will fulfill your wanking needs

  8. 8
    Yutsano says:

    @Schlemizel: Durfs are gonna keep Durfing. It’s all he really has to live for. That and licking Harper’s boots.

  9. 9
    Mudge says:

    Ahhh..West Virginia. Manchin is probably just gearing up to deny NPR funding. Maybe Manchin should focus on federal programs that would make southern WV less susceptible to parody.

  10. 10
    Zifnab25 says:

    @JustRuss:

    Am I the only one who thinks using a real, potentially loaded weapon as a prop at a sporting event is incredibly stupid?

    UTexas fires a cannon every time the team scores. We’ve been doing this for… what? Decades? Other than ringing eardrums, there hasn’t been a problem to date. :-p

  11. 11
    kc says:

    I’m not against hunting for food, but why kill a black bear?

  12. 12
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    I wish that people would stop making fun of West Virginia. They have had forms of gender equality for years; any number of pickup trucks there have tobacco juice stains on both doors.

  13. 13
    Schlemizel says:

    Thats not the one that kills people by fire is it? That was A&M or something

    But the Gods of football demand human sacrifices

  14. 14
    Napoleon says:

    At least he didn’t knock up his sister.

  15. 15
    Jewish Steel says:

    he has chosen to keep his Mountaineer rifle for appearances only

    And not hunt Mountaineers? Bummer.

  16. 16
    wasabi gasp says:

    Needs more banjo.

  17. 17
    Yutsano says:

    @kc: Bear sausage is actually delicious. Plus bears are usually killed if they are menacing neighbourhoods or have killed a human or something along those lines. Otherwise it’s just senseless peni$ enhancement.

  18. 18
    Paul says:

    @kc:

    I’m not against hunting for food, but why kill a black bear?

    I don’t have a problem with people killing black bears for fun. But only if they do it in a fair way, ie no rifles or other weapons. Fight them fairly, ie with your hands. Anything else and you are just a cowardly jerk.

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    butler says:

    @Paul: I’m reminded of the story of one of the heads of the McIlhenny family (the founders and still owners of the Tabasco brand). I forget which one it was, but during his life he supposedly used to hunt bears while taking only a leather sheath for one arm and a hunting knife. Anything more than that was unsporting in his opinion.

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    Zifnab25 says:

    @Schlemizel:

    But the Gods of football demand human sacrifices

    Meh. I’m pretty sure the football season was more of an excuse than a demand to build increasingly large bonfires for increasingly large drunken fall-semester celebrations.

    Either way, the whole thing was handled terribly. My Boy Scout troop built an annual bonfire, and we didn’t have an army of grad-student future professional engineers to help us. The school mismanaged its staff in overseeing the projects, then mismanaged again in the freak-out over liability. And eventually the students figured out a way to side-step the rules and keep building bonfires. So unless the goal was to make future bonfires more dangerous than previous ones, it was an utter cock-up.

  21. 21
    trollhattan says:

    @Zifnab25:

    As a longtime Washington Husky fan, I encourage every other college to get their own Sooner Schooner.

    That is all.

  22. 22
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    One day you’re mock-killing the opponent’s deer mascot, the next day you’re out killing real deer. Mascotting is a slippery slope.

  23. 23
    Schlemizel says:

    @Zifnab25:

    I’m sure you are correct – but the Gods of football still demand human sacrifices. They got one in KC last week & I am sure there are new ones on college & pro fields on a regular basis

  24. 24
    Roger Moore says:

    @JustRuss:

    Am I the only one who thinks using a real, potentially loaded weapon as a prop at a sporting event is incredibly stupid?

    No, it’s brilliant; if somebody tries to carry out a mass shooting at a game, there will be somebody there to stop him. More guns is always better!/NRA

  25. 25
    JScott says:

    Don’t know if it still happens, but years ago The Mountaineer used to fire that rifle during basketball games at the WVU Coliseum – a building with all the acoustic charm of a 55 gallon oil drum.

  26. 26
    carolus says:

    You may want to look at the bear this joker killed.

    It was a cub.

    Dogs treed the cub, where the brave and manly WV Mascot shot it as his buddies gleefully recorded the heroic act.

  27. 27
    LarryB says:

    It’s called montage, not juxtaposition. Those stories belong together like a Deliverance+Dukes of Hazard double-feature.

  28. 28
    khead says:

    Sissonville? Really? Kanawha County?

    Any county south of I-64 would’ve made for better TV. Pick one.

  29. 29
    Maude says:

    @carolus:
    Too bad the mother bear didn’t get them. Bears are fast on their feet.

  30. 30
    RobertB says:

    @khead

    Forget it, k, it’s Chapmanville.

  31. 31
    slag says:

    @carolus: So sad and frustrating. Won’t watch the video, but I’ll watch this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6p2onuGlpo instead just to remind myself that not everyone is a willfully destructive moronic asshole.

  32. 32
    Dreggas says:

    @kc:

    For the record, bear is delicious and one bear can fill a freezer.

  33. 33
    Paul in KY says:

    @Zifnab25: Is there a potential for some pycho who’s manning that thing to sneakily load it with grapeshot? Probably hard to do with 80,000 people staring at you.

  34. 34
    Paul in KY says:

    @kc: I hope they would eat the poor thing. You can eat bear. Needs extra prep, like most game.

  35. 35

    I was at the Virginia Tech home game many years ago (1969 or 1970) when one of Kimble’s predecessors accidentally shot off his finger.

  36. 36
    Lee Rudolph says:

    @eemom: You misspled “Snooki”.

  37. 37
    Felonius Monk says:

    Almost Heaven, West Virginia.
    Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.

  38. 38
    MikeJ says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    One day you’re mock-killing the opponent’s deer mascot, the next day you’re out killing real deer.

    There’s a team somewhere with a deer mascot? Teams usually don’t choose vermin for mascots, just players.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Paul in KY:

    First time I ate bear I had been warned that it tastes awful but it was delicious. Tender & tasty. The second bear I ate was horrid – tasted just rancid. I assume it has to do with what the thing was eating.

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    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    @Paul:

    I don’t have a problem with people killing black bears for fun. But only if they do it in a fair way, ie no rifles or other weapons. Fight them fairly, ie with your hands. Anything else and you are just a cowardly jerk.

    Like this classic John West Salmon commercial?
    http://youtu.be/84bBzAxLXFY

  41. 41
    JustRuss says:

    @Zifnab25:

    UTexas fires a cannon every time the team scores.

    OK, but when’s the last time that cannon was loaded with live ammo? People get killed by “unloaded” guns all the time, a gun that’s going to be waved around in a football stadium on a regular basis shouldn’t ever have a live round in it. I’m pretty familiar with college athletics, I wouldn’t place a lot of faith in any safeguards they may have to make sure it’s not loaded.

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    Older says:

    I used to be married to a man whose father (and father’s entire family) was all about the game shooting. He gave us wrapped and frozen packages of everything he killed.

    I particularly remember the bear, and I was startled to see the assertion that bear is “tasty”. I can’t even remember the taste, because I remember the texture so clearly. It was like peanut butter only very much more so. It stuck to the roof of my mouth until next week. I remembered hearing that the pioneers used bear grease for axle grease, and I understood why, in a deep and visceral way.

    OTOH there was the elk. I took one bite and said “My god, we’ve domesticated the wrong animal!” heavenly.

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