Intramural Sports censorship goes too far
Your favorite comedy movie likely has references to drugs, alcohol or sexual innuendo.
Some of the most popular television shows (Breaking Bad, The League) also feature the above. Many top-40 songs reference all of the above.
However, your UCF intramural teams cannot reference those things.
Last year, I joined a football team that was named "Ballz Deep," which was deemed inappropriate. At the captain's meeting, a solid percentage of teams had to change their names because the staff decided the names weren't appropriate.
Why so sensitive?
The policy reads: "Intramural Sports will cancel team registration for any indecent, offensive or inappropriate team names.
Team names may not make any direct or indirect reference to drugs, alcohol, sexual innuendos or defamatory and derogatory terms. Appropriateness of the team name is at the discretion of Intramural Staff."
Last time I checked, college students are adults.
I understand that teams can't make racial slurs or offensive names — that's reserved for the NFL and its Washington franchise.
However, intramural sports not only provide a chance to socialize and exercise, but they also provide a chance to display creativity.
If it's acceptable in a PG-13 movie, shouldn't it be acceptable on a college campus where an overwhelming majority of students is able to legally watch R-rated movies?
Who doesn't enjoy a nice pun?
Perhaps I have an immature sense of humor. Perhaps I'm insensitive. Or, perhaps I am correct.
Part of the fun of intramural sports is trying to come up with a team name. If you can garner some laughs from your name, it should be applauded. A good team name is worth its weight in championship T-shirts.
There is a fine line of when something is appropriate. I firmly believe that if your name offends somebody (even a small percentage of the population) then you should change it.
Clearly the NFL disagrees.