Let me say up front that I'm biased on this story.
My now 24-year-old son Matt was a huge Star Wars fan as a kid, and one character he particularly loved was Admiral Ackbar — the Mon Calamari rebel commander who famously shouts "It's a trap!" in Return of the Jedi.
Here's sound of the admiral in his moment of glory:
Matt's Admiral Ackbar action character was like a member of our family for several years back in the early '90s.
So hearing that some students at the University of Mississippi inadvertently started a movement to make Ackbar the school's mascot is bringing back fond memories for me — and I, for one, like the idea.
As Morning Edition's Renee Montagne said this morning, Ackbar may be "pretty far out," but he is, after all, a rebel commander and that makes sense at Ole Miss:
Star Wars director George Lucas' Lucasfilm studios, by the way, has weighed in to say it's flattered by the possibility of Ackbar being the mascot — though "it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!"
OK, so maybe it's just some college kids having some fun. But what about it?