Reporter Struggling With How To Mention Fact That ‘Nutzy’ Sounds Awful Lot Like ‘Nazi’

Tobacco Avenue reporter Heather Hart today said she was having difficulty writing an article about Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ new mascot, and how its name bears a striking resemblance to the German organization responsible for the extermination of 6 million Jews.

“There’s really no getting around it: ‘Nutzy’ sounds like ‘Nazi.’  The mascot even has [the Third Reich’s] colors of red and black,” Hart said, frustrated with how to convey such a controversial yet humorous similarity in a news story without offending anyone.  “Who is running the Flying Squirrels’ marketing department, anyway? Let me guess: Joseph Gerbils?”

Additionally, Hart said, the Flying Squirrels’ logo with outstretched arms clearly appears to be giving the Nazi salute, used in the 1940s as a means of showing subservience to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, widely regarded as one of the worst human beings of all time.

“I mean look, Superman flew with outstretched arms, and no one called him Hitler. People dive into pools with outstretched arms, and nobody thinks swimmers hate Jews,” Hart said.  “I’m sure the Flying Squirrels having nothing against Jewish people…But a mascot named Nutzy, with the Z instead of an S, painted colors matching that of the Nazis, and an angry look on the mascot’s face?  It’s rather questionable.”

The reporter did say she was looking forward to “having a little fun” with the story’s lede, or first sentence, in order to capture the attention of readers.

“I’ve been toying with calling the player who hits the most home runs on the Squirrels a ‘Big Hitt-ler,’ or saying that The Diamond will soon become a place to drink beers, eat hot dogs and socialism with friends and family,” she said.  “Or maybe a crack about what goes on at the spring training camps the Squirrels will attend.”

“But that would really be pushing the envelope,” she added.

Hart noted that she was looking forward to the Flying Squirrels’ first homecoming game in September, when the team takes on the Winston-Salem Basterds.


13 thoughts on “Reporter Struggling With How To Mention Fact That ‘Nutzy’ Sounds Awful Lot Like ‘Nazi’

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  1. The most offensive part is that Nutzi’s left hand is backwards. A rookie copy-paste-rotate mistake. He won’t be saluting anyone with that hand…

  2. The stiff-arm salute was actually the early Pledge of Allegiance salute (it was the origin of the salute adopted later by German National Socialists). Francis Bellamy was a National Socialist way before Adolf Hitler’s group, and the term “Nazi” is a shortening of National in “National Socialist.” That news about the local (American) angle probably does not make anyone feel any better. See the work of the symbologist Dr. Rex Curry. Read it and weep.

  3. The only symbologist I respect Leroy is a Mr. Tom Hanks. I’ll be waiting for his input on the subject. I mean the guy’s amazing, whether the symbols are carved into stone or a dead man’s chest it takes him literally no time to decipher their meaning and within seconds he’s in a whole other country knocking more out deciphers. No handy pockets guide or anything, just a walking encyclopedia of symbols. He’s like a machine I tell you!

  4. Didn’t I tell you? Double sieg heil! Devil horns, too! (His hand doesn’t look backwards to me) Good call on the colors, though. Is everyone going to wear a red armband?

  5. I want to thank your reporter. I had entered the contest to name the mascot, with the name “Nutsy,” which, as anyone knows is the correct spelling. I thought the choice of “Nutzy” was a personal attack on me, who, is (am?) not a Jew, not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m glad to know that it’s, rather, a personal attack on lovers of freedom everywhere. I feel much better knowing that.

  6. I couldn’t have said it better! And Adam, you’ve touched on my first pet-peeve with the logo and the upside down or backward hands, and the hits keep coming….They better hope the baseball games are good or all this hype and PR will have them booted back to Connecticut or at least changing their name back to Defenders.

  7. Really?? You have nothing else better write on? As much bullsh*t that happens in this town and the best you can come up with is how to bash the new mascot’s name? Shame on your boss for even keeping you as a reporter.

  8. FYI Whit: this isn’t a real newspaper. There’s no “boss” or “reporters” or even “rules,” really. The “stories” are complete fabrications, not reports. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it. Isn’t that awesome?

    And for the record, I saw Nutzy (Or “Nuzzy,” as the English call him) protesting outside the Holocaust Museum yesterday with the Westboro Baptist Church folks. I’m just sayin’…

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