Jayhawks

I've never been a fan of the term Jayhawks, and I think even less of the way they are depicted in the University of Kansas's modern mascot. There is something, however, that I like about one of the original designs for the bird, created by the cartoonist Henry Maloy in 1912. You can see the historical progression of the emblem on the University's website. Henry's is the earliest. It has this sort of jaunty look that seems completely inappropriate for a college mascot, which is probably why I like it. It also kind of looks like a crow or a raven, two of my favorite birds.

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