Given that the one source given in the page has statements like "Izzy kept his promise. He was and still remains the most successful mascot in Olympic history." and similar, saying that Izzy was the most unpopular mascot is an unsourced statement. While this may be true, the given source disagrees with the statement.
I can't give a source but I can simply assure you as a lifelong ATL resident that Izzy was and still is nothing but a complete and total laughingstock. I'll never forget the raw horror expressed in Atlanta when Whatizit was unleashed upon the world. Everyone and their brother wanted some sort of Phoenix. I'm sure there is a fantastic story to be told somewhere about how this thing came into being against all common sense. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:17, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
I lived in Atlanta at this time as well - and there is a discrepancy in the facts of the renaming of the character. There was a contest for the children of school-age in Atlanta to name the mascot. This should be mentioned and cited.MsGoldsmith (talk) 08:40, 19 December 2009 (UTC)MsGoldsmith
- As a Georgia resident, I can vouch for this statement. The information is out there and can found easily with a brief Google search (if you know what to look for). I might be willing to add this information to the article (with references, of course) if there's any interest in it. But I really have little interest in Izzy apart from him being a local thing, so it matters not to me. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 22:57, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
This seems like one of those articles where a picture would be very helpful. (I realise there are images of Izzy in the external links, but why not on this page itself?) Robofish (talk) 15:56, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
- I'm guessing one couldn't be found without violating copyrights. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 01:34, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
- This is one of the cases where being so anal about copyright issues really does a disservice to everyone involved. I agree that not having an image of Izzy is detrimental to the article and really makes me wonder why even bother having an article on it at all. I care not to argue the purpose of having such policies, as I'm fully aware of why these policies are in place. My only argument is that more needs to be done to try and get images that do abide by the policies, even if it means editors contacting the copyright holders to obtain images licensed for Wikipedia use or to obtain written permission to use specific images. Given the amount of images freely circulating the web on subjects that Wikipedia does not have images for, I'm sure some compromise can be made so that Wikipedia of all places is able to utilize some of these images. As someone who's a user more than an editor, that's my rant on the issue, and I'm sure there are others who are of likemind. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 23:15, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
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