As you can see by my current avatar...
How sad. How truly truly sad. I can believe mine was pulled since it only represented my personality (isn't that the point of an avatar?) and wasn't sports related. I mean, the Grateful Dead? Other than sponsoring the 1988 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team and frequently being invited to sing the national anthem at baseball games, how could they possibly be sports related? So I tried to post a photo of a tennis shoe, a Converse Chuck Taylor (sports-related right?), but it had a Grateful Dead logo on the side. That was denied by the powers that be. Maybe I should post a photo of an athlete, you know, these paragons of all that is right. Who to pick? Plaxico Burriss? Adam "Pac-man" Jones? Michael Vick? OJ Simpson? Charles Barkley? Pete Rose? And the list goes on and on. A-Rod. McGuire. Palmeiro. Pettite. All cheaters. All that is ok. That's what this website wants, right? Wait, now there's an idea. Post a picture of a police car, courthouse or vial of steroids. How unbelievably incredibly sad.
Now granted, my life never centered around the Grateful Dead (although I would plan every summer vacation around their tours) but it certainly does not revolve around professional sports, well not since I was 13 or 14, and although I am a huge fan and alumni of the University of Texas, I don't bleed burnt orange. I'm just a sports fan, play fantasy sports on this site and enjoy much of the correspondence on this site and in the blogs. The Dead were merely a big part in shaping who I am today.
I am really trying hard not to be sour grapes over all the changes. I worked my butt off to get to Superstar status and that was taken. And I didn't lose it, it was taken. I enjoyed seeing how people responded to my posting (without any hard feeling for poor reviews) and that was taken. Some mental defectives being irresponsible caused all of us to lose that. Now my avatar. And I fear and loath that the "Braintrust" will next ask us to have screen names that only reflect sports. So we can be a big group of individuals with exciting names like "Football Fan 31258" and "Hockey Fan 9462." They should probably go after my motto as well. Then again, it was written by a former sportswriter (well, Hunter Thompson at least signed things "From the Sports desk") so it might pass muster.
I don't see what the harm is in having an avatar that reflects ones personality regardless of it's subject matter as long as it is in good taste. It's really a shame that all the fun is being taken out of what was once a very fun site where you could express yourself and is now taking itself way too seriously bringing so many of us down in the process.
Good luck. Rock on in peace, y'all.