Mexico lost today, which means that they are out of the World Cup.
You know what that means L.A…….
I know, I know. I love tacos too.
Happy Tuesday to all!
I just received a lovely email from good ol’ Dad, sharing with me a fun-filled email that was sent to the Chicago Tribune Newspaper after an article, written by Clarence Page, was published, an article about changing the name of the Washington Redskins.
All I can say is YES, YES , YES. Please read and tell me if you agree that we should send this guy a honey-baked ham.
Dear Mr. Page…
I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.
I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.
Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.
The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone! It’s offensive to us white folk.
The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.
I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.
Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the
Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!
Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.
The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.
The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.
The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.
So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.
As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers.”
Relief pitcher Alex Torres became the first pitcher to use one of Major League Baseball’s new protective caps for pitchers. And here is the verdict:
The immediate reaction by many is the enormous size that triples the weight of the caps from 3 to 4 ounces to 10 to 11 ounces.
I think the other reaction we all have is something like this….
The United States Patent and Trademark Office in a 2-1 vote cancelled the Redskins trademark because it was “disparaging to Native Americans.” Does this mean the name is about to change?
Unlike in 2003, when the Redskins won an appeal on a similar ruling, there are bigger and badder voices involved so this won’t go away quietly. Then again, owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change his team’s name because of “tradition.” The decision however will not take effect immediately. The Redskins will remain the Redskins during Snyder’s official appeal.
“Tradition”, now that is a funny word. Was it a tradition to land on Plymouth Rock, have Thanksgiving dinner with the Native Americans then all of a sudden kick them out of their own home, make them build casinos on the reservation, butter our toast with Land O’ Lakes Butter , jump into our Jeep Cherokee and ride off into the sunset? Ehhh….
Are we still going to base our “traditions” on racial slurs? As a country that has embraced racism in the past on more than one occasion, it seems a bit of a set back. Yes, it would bit of a set back to change a company’s name and logo that has in place for more than 75 years. But it would be MORE of a set back to have a company name and logo that perpetuates a racist stereotype that our country would like to not necessarily forget but to shelve. How about the Blackfaces, catchy right?
The only way this is going to go away is if the Washington Redskins drop the name voluntarily. It could happen. It’s just going to be a very very VERY long time. But if that does happen then we can kiss goodbye to the Atlanta Braves, Florida State Seminoles, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Blackhawks.
In the Washington Redskins defense, there is a quite collection of team names that derive from Native American culture. It should be said that naming a sports team after a Native American tribe and/or name can be seen as an act of honor and remembrance. Despite the bloodshed and struggle Native Americans underwent, various sports owners came together and chose to celebrate those individuals engrained in our history. However, changing every team name that people find racially offensive is just bananas. BUT, talking about the color of a culture’s “skin” makes it a whole new ballgame.
The intentions of naming the team the Redskins were pure but we have realized that the execution is in poor manner and a change needs to take place. In reality, there is always a downside. And the downside is the $$. After all, football is a business.
The Redskins organization will lose a significant portion of its ability to protect its financial interests, meaning if others wanted to print and sell the name and logo sweatshirts, hats or other apparel, it will be hard to go after them legally.
And that’s bad business for the NFL as a whole! Merchandise sales are shared 31 ways (every team in the league except for Dallas since they think they’re better than everyone) so if the Redskins lose money, they ALL lose money!
Does that mean Jerry Jones to the rescue?
OMG, Mexico did the unthinkable. They tied with Brasil….in a futbol game…..at the World Cup. Damn, and the hits just keep on coming.
And Chile just defeated Espana today.
The World Cup can be one crazy place where dreams come true. The top two teams have been knocked down to the minors, leaving the underrated and overlooked teams a chance to shine on the ultimate world stage. Although Brasil has yet to be eliminated (adios Espana), it is still a pretty awesome sight to see these dominant teams be defeated by smaller countries (who also speak Spanish, bah! Granted I know Brasil doesn’t speak Spanish….but Portuguese is Spanish+French…..close enough).
Who knows who will win. My money is on Germany. Because who wants to piss off the Germans?
Does the U.S. have a chance? Who the hell knows. If Chile and Mexico can do it, why can’t the U.S.?
The U.S. have defeated Ghana and will be taking on the illusive Portugal Sunday. They might not have anything to worry about if Cristiano Rinaldo decides not the play. Not sure if the best player in the game right now will want to opt out and sit on the bench nursing his wounds. Just look at those abs……
We shall see if another smaller hispanic country will flourish this weekend, because if they do…..a little more respect should be given to the lil guys. The World Cup is all about respect. Come on, just look at how all the futbol players respect each other on the field. Never lying, never acting out, never harming one another. I think you can always count on a futbol player for being the most honest athlete out there.