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10:09 AM ET 11.09 | Fresno State's logo is a cartoon bulldog, a muscled beast with sharp teeth, a spiked collar and floppy ears. But the bulldog is no longer just a college sports mascot. It has been appropriated by members of a savage street gang who call themselves the Bulldogs. The gang started in a prison and quickly earned a reputation as unusually vicious, even in the bloody world of California gangs. At their height, in 2006, the Bulldogs were responsible for 70 percent of the city's shootings, the police said. Three of four inmates in the county jail are Bulldogs. "They grew and grew and grew until there were Bulldogs everywhere you looked," Jerry Dyer, Fresno's police chief, said. The mascot now plays a double role as football icon and gang symbol. Confusing the two can have fatal consequences. In 2011, Stephen Maciel, a father of four who the police said had no gang affiliation, was shot and killed by a Bulldogs gang member in a liquor store parking lot. Maciel was wearing a red Fresno State shirt.

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November 9, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Interesting they didn't choose a duck

November 9, 2013  10:47 AM ET

That's a crying shame. Fresno State ought to sue these thugs for copyright infringement, but in the nebulous world of street gangs that would be next to impossible. FSU's Bulldog goes back to at least 1992. Either that or change the logo to "FSU" letters-only.

November 9, 2013  10:56 AM ET

I am starting a gang and will be adopting BYU logo.

November 9, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Interesting they didn't choose a duck

there is a new kid game..

Duck, Duck lose


Geaux Tigers

**** BAMA

November 9, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

there is a new kid game..Duck, Duck loseGeaux Tigers**** BAMA

Upset the applecart, LUSt!

November 9, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Upset the applecart, LUSt!

Yes Sir

November 9, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yes Sir

Better stock up on the capt'n and coke Punto Cinco. Gonna be a long night. Tires are flat and the wheels have come off. Running on the rims.

November 9, 2013  11:14 AM ET

If you have the time, read the NY Times article. Very in-depth look at Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. Strong agricultural history there. Modern irrigation methods and machinery were developed there. A very common tractor-pulled implement called the Fresno Scraper (or just "Fresno" or short) is used here in the Mesilla Valley to level fields (and using a laser for accuracy) to prep them for irrigation here.

It's just sad that gang-bangers have co-opted FSU's logo and nickname and have hijacked it for their own nefarious ends. But that has happened with a lot of sports logos these days.

November 9, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Better stock up on the capt'n and coke Punto Cinco. Gonna be a long night. Tires are flat and the wheels have come off. Running on the rims.

Capt is always in Stock Bruh.....

Dont know if I will make it to tonight :)

November 9, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

there is a new kid game..Duck, Duck loseGeaux Tigers**** BAMA

LUS, good luck today. I'm will be looking forward to a win today for LSU. I sure wouldn't want Wisconsin and Texas to be ranked ahead of your Tigers come Sunday. :-)

November 9, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If you have the time, read the NY Times article. Very in-depth look at Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. Strong agricultural history there. Modern irrigation methods and machinery were developed there. A very common tractor-pulled implement called the Fresno Scraper (or just "Fresno" or short) is used here in the Mesilla Valley to level fields (and using a laser for accuracy) to prep them for irrigation here.It's just sad that gang-bangers have co-opted FSU's logo and nickname and have hijacked it for their own nefarious ends. But that has happened with a lot of sports logos these days.

GTH, good morning. I went to high school in Visalia, which is Approx. 37 miles south of Fresno. Yes there is quite a bit of history in the San Joaquin Valley. My dad sold farm equipment in the 40/50s. Like other areas, the San Joaquin Valley has changed over the years.

November 9, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

LUS, good luck today. I'm will be looking forward to a win today for LSU. I sure wouldn't want Wisconsin and Texas to be ranked ahead of your Tigers come Sunday. :-)

If we lose...

we wont be ranked Sunday...

be lucky to get votes...

but Geaux Tigers!!

November 9, 2013  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

GTH, good morning. I went to high school in Visalia, which is Approx. 37 miles south of Fresno. Yes there is quite a bit of history in the San Joaquin Valley. My dad sold farm equipment in the 40/50s. Like other areas, the San Joaquin Valley has changed over the years.

My fam was at Fort Ord(think that was it) in the 90's...

I knows gangs were present in the Salinas area, Brothers and Messicans...

November 9, 2013  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

GTH, good morning. I went to high school in Visalia, which is Approx. 37 miles south of Fresno. Yes there is quite a bit of history in the San Joaquin Valley. My dad sold farm equipment in the 40/50s. Like other areas, the San Joaquin Valley has changed over the years.

Nice recall, OT. Whenever I've talked to the local pecan growers here in the Mesilla Valley, they always point to the San Joaquin Valley/Fresno area for the innovations in pecan and other nut harvesting machinery. They're about ready to gear up for harvest now. Lots of choking dust gets stirred up to the point that you can't leave the house for fear of getting Valley Fever.

November 9, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

My fam was at Fort Ord(think that was it) in the 90's...I knows gangs were present in the Salinas area, Brothers and Messicans...

Fort Ord is about a 2-1/2 hour drive to Fresno. As we have talked about in the past, I was suppose to go to Fort Ord, but they had an outbreak of Spinal meningitis and I ended up at wonderful Fort Polk. :-)

November 9, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Nice recall, OT. Whenever I've talked to the local pecan growers here in the Mesilla Valley, they always point to the San Joaquin Valley/Fresno area for the innovations in pecan and other nut harvesting machinery. They're about ready to gear up for harvest now. Lots of choking dust gets stirred up to the point that you can't leave the house for fear of getting Valley Fever.

Thanks for bringing up some fond memories. :-)

November 9, 2013  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

...wonderful Fort Polk. :-)

AKA Little Vietnam. I did my basic at Ft. Leonard Wood (AKA Little Korea). And from one Vet to another, OT....Happy Veteran's Day wishes to you!

(Salutes)

November 9, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Fort Ord is about a 2-1/2 hour drive to Fresno. As we have talked about in the past, I was suppose to go to Fort Ord, but they had an outbreak of Spinal meningitis and I ended up at wonderful Fort Polk. :-)

Leesville is awesome...

I hate that my sister and fam retired there...


I visited them a few times when they were there.. toured everything between Sacramento to Monterrey

November 9, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Fort Ord is about a 2-1/2 hour drive to Fresno. As we have talked about in the past, I was suppose to go to Fort Ord, but they had an outbreak of Spinal meningitis and I ended up at wonderful Fort Polk. :-)

I've heard Army guys refer to Fort Polk a lot...but I've never heard them use the word wonderful with it!

 
November 9, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

AKA Little Vietnam. I did my basic at Ft. Leonard Wood (AKA Little Korea). And from one Vet to another, OT....Happy Veteran's Day wishes to you! (Salutes)

Thank you. I was going to wish all the Vets a Happy Veteran's day on Monday, but why wait. Happy Vets day and thank you for the service!!!!! I think Ft Leonard Wood is worse than Polk, if that is possible.

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