Welcome New User!

Registered Members
Please Login

Member ID:
Password:

Not a member?
 Click here for free registration.

Third Thursday Young Greek Professionals Happy Hour -- 7/20/17 at Wet Dog Tavern in Washington, DC! Click here for details!
DCGreeks.com is once again fielding a team of Greek and Philhellene kickballers from all over the DC Metro area to compete in the one-day Safe at Home kickball tournament at Arlington's Long Bridge Park on Saturday 8/5/17 to benefit Bridges To Independence (f/k/a the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless!) Kickballers wanted! Sign-up now!  Click here for details!
What's New @ DCGreeks.com
DCGreeks.com
Upcoming Events
ThuFriSatSunMonTueWed

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

Axion Charity Events presents legendary recording artist Marinella and Antonis Remos live in Baltimore on Sunday 10/1/17 at the Marriot Baltimore Waterfront.  VIP and reserved table seating tickets on sale starting 7/1/17 exclusively at DCGreeks.com!  All proceeds benefit sister churches of MD! Click here for details!

The Daily Gyro
Updated Daily on Greek Time

January 4, 2006

Greek Restaurant Booster May Put Trojans in Hot Water

…after breaking plates and busting out the belly dancers, Papadakis urges recruits to declare “I want to be a Trojan”…

Tonight’s National Championship Game in College Football again features the University of Southern California Trojans, our sympathetic favorite simply for their use of a Greek-related mascot. (If the Redskins incredible late season run somehow leads them to the Super Bowl, there will be enough national attention focused on them to have Politically Correct calls for them to change their mascot to something less offensive. I’ve never heard of Greeks protesting the use of their subgroups as mascots, but I’d pay good money to see a mob of descendants of Aeneas picketing the Rose Bowl tonight. They should go after the unfortunately named prophylactics instead.)

Another Greek link to this USC Trojan team is reports of possible recruiting violations stemming from recruiting dinners at Papadakis Taverna, a Greek restaurant owned by a former USC linebacker John Papadakis, about 25 miles from USC. The first violation may be the extravagance of the meal – the restaurant features $60 entries – which may be high for the standard fare allowed on these recruiting dinners. (That must be some lamb.) But the focus of the inquiry is more about the restaurant owner himself, who according to reports published by CBS SportsLine.com, after breaking plates and busting out the belly dancers, Papadakis urges recruits to declare “I want to be a Trojan” with an inspirational speech about the symbolism of the school’s colors, cardinal and gold. The story is a good one. Papadakis tells CBS SportsLine.com, "The message is this: Our colors stand for something. The cardinal is our blood, we're all equal, we're all real inside, we're all the same. The Spartan army wore cardinal colors so when they were stabbed, the enemy wouldn't see the blood. The gold is what every man will fight for and die for. Gold makes a man rich.” While I get the part about the gold (Stop and ask yourself the last time you heard that speech from the Greek patriarch in your family?) isn’t he talking about trying to get recruits to go to USC and not Michigan State. (The Michigan State Spartans wear green for some reason, where’s the symbolism there?)

 



Other Servings of The Daily Gyro
06/30/2010
08/31/2009
08/03/2009
03/25/2009
08/28/2008
08/27/2008
08/13/2008
04/02/2008
03/25/2008
08/30/2007
08/14/2007
03/05/2007
02/14/2007
01/22/2007
11/06/2006
10/02/2006
09/18/2006
09/04/2006
09/01/2006
08/14/2006
07/13/2006
07/10/2006
06/25/2006
06/05/2006
05/03/2006
04/04/2006
03/22/2006
02/21/2006
01/30/2006
01/17/2006
01/11/2006
01/09/2006
01/05/2006
01/04/2006
12/12/2005
11/28/2005
11/16/2005
10/31/2005
10/17/2005
10/03/2005
09/12/2005
09/02/2005
08/29/2005
08/10/2005
07/27/2005
07/13/2005
07/06/2005
06/27/2005
06/13/2005
05/23/2005
05/16/2005
05/06/2005
05/02/2005
04/25/2005
04/18/2005
04/13/2005
04/08/2005
04/06/2005
04/04/2005
04/01/2005
03/30/2005
03/28/2005
03/25/2005
03/23/2005


Read past feature articles.