After years and years of controversy, and four years of legal wrangling, the end of the Fighting Sioux nickname came quickly. The speed in which it was addressed at the State Board of Higher Ed meeting in Mayville yesterday made the situation almost surreal. After covering literally a couple hundred nickname related stories over the last ten years, it seemed almost anti-climactic. In a carefully choreographed final two minutes, the nickname was gone. A last-ditch motion was made in an attempt to put the moniker on life support, but the silence as the room waited for a "second to the motion" was as deafening as it was awkward. It almost doesn’t make sense: something that dragged on for so long going away so quickly.