Last Thursday I Ticker-linked to a story about how the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which is based in Michigan, had no problem with a local high school that used Native imagery. That prompted reader Patrick O’Neill to post the following comment:
Paul — Certainly not trying to create work for anyone, but perhaps an interview with the Chippewa representative would provide some insight into those tribes that have little or no problem with Native American imagery. It would be useful and provide us with the opposing views that, as you noted, were lacking at the symposium attended by you and Phil last week. Just a thought.
That was an excellent idea, so I contacted the Saginaw Chippewas’ PR director, Frank Cloutier (shown above). Our conversation forms the basis of my latest ESPN column.
I realize some of you may be experiencing, for lack of a better term, Native American mascot fatigue. Not trying to beat a dead horse, honest. Just trying to explore the many nuances of this complicated issue.
PermaRec update: Another story about lost military medals being found and returned to their rightful owner is the basis of the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Lakers are adding a memorial patch for Jerry Buss. … According to a Dolphins beat writer, the team will have a new shade of aqua this season, because they went the color to look more like the sea (from Frankie Parish). … As expected, the Braves are retiring No. 10 for Chipper Jones. … Houston will have at least four football helmets next season (from John Okray). … Looks like Oregon hoops worked up some faux Cal jerseys, presumably to prepare for an upcoming game against them (from Jay Sullivan). … Unfuckingbelievable: Florida Atlantic has sold its football stadium naming rights to a corporate prison operator. … Never seen this before: an NFL bicycle hubcap kit (from Timothy A. Tryjankowski). … Attention Vikings fans: Apparently real Vikings did not wear horned helmets (from Britton Thomas). … Here’s another hat-over-mask combo from the Hockey City Classic, this time as worn by Miami’s goalie (from Mike Macksood). … New video board in the works for Virginia Tech (from Andrew Cosentino). … Magnificent striped stirrups for Boston College (Jay Sullivan again). … “The University of Nebraska has been scanning all of the previous copies of The Cornhusker, the school yearbook, going back over 100 years,” says Dave Feit. “As you can imagine, the pages are a treasure trove of uni history. For example, check out the sweaters given to the freshmen on the 1916 football team. The full archives can be found here. As a Nebraska alum, I’d kindly request that anybody who takes a look spend a few minutes to transcribe a page or two, so the collection can be searchable for future users.” … Grant Hill recently appeared on Wheel of Fortune and wore an odd warm-up top that had a Clippers logo over a vestigial Clippers script (from Marc Aune). … Super-cool ’80s-style pullover jersey for Oklahoma State baseball (Jay Sullivan yet again). … Here’s an article about the Blue Jays’ new BP cap (from Ryan Mallon). … Ben Zobrist of the Rays has been wearing vaguely Rays-themed pants on the golf course (from Mike Edgerley). … This sounds like something from the Onion, but it’s a legit story: The Postal Service is going into the apparel biz. Insert all the obvious jokes here. … Kody Sherlund notes an interesting trend in college hoops: “So far this season, Only USC and Georgetown have won their games when wearing the new Nike Hyper Elite basketball unis. UNC, Duke, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Ohio State, Texas, Kentucky, and Villanova all lost. In fact, Ohio State wore them twice, losing both. Eleven games, nine losses. These were all road games, but it’s still an unusually high percentage. Just some food for thought.” … Here’s the latest leak of the new USA soccer kits (from Chris McFarlane). … Here are the results of a poll to rank the best NESCAC hockey jerseys. … Interesting article with a faaaaascinating interactive photo about the ads on European hockey uniforms (from Adam Walter). … Who made these odd NFL visors? None other than Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide guy. John Sobotka got those screen shots while watching the documentary about Kevorkian’s life. “There was this scene where various people were talking about how eccentric he was, how he had a million hobbies, talents, inventions, etc.,” says Joh. “At one point they said this: ‘He invented some kind of disposable sun visor that you could imprint team logos on. They were well executed but he had no idea how to market them. But like so many other things, he apparently lost interest in it.'” … Yesterday I mentioned that one of the Wisconsin goalies wore a hat over his mask for the Hockey City Classic. Actually, all of the Badger goalies did this. Interestingly, the hats were actually tied onto the masks. Here’s one of them being removed afterward. Also, the entire Wisconsin women’s team wore hats for pregame intros and after the game (all this from Nicole Haase). … The Lake Erie Monsters will wear Browns-themed uniforms this Saturday (from Tom Pachuta). … Eagle-eyed Kevin Pih spotted something intriguing in many of these Giants spring training photos: gray undervisors! Not sure if this represents an official change from the usual black, but I’ll try to find out.