One more attempt to convince the Washington Indigenous Fellows to rename themselves is about to fail.
From Dan Steinberg of DCSportsBog, the University of Minnesota wants the Washington football team to wear throwback jerseys without the team name or logo for the Nov. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings being held at the college’s stadium. And to the surprise of exactly zero humans of every ethnic background, Washington is opposed to the plan. And a spokesman for university, Chuck Tombarge, said the school has no recourse if the Vikings refuse to satisfy its requests.
In other words, we are back to step one –- massive owner-directed bribery.
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Red McCombs, who has enough money to have once owned the Vikings and to be a major donor at the University of Texas, told the San Antonio Express-News that he and his family would be interested in buying a piece of the Oakland Raiders “if that's what it would take to get them to San Antonio.”
McCombs also told the paper he sees a “definite possibility there may be a relocation” and he doesn't think San Antonio is being used as it has been so many other times.
Oh, Red Red Red. So trusting. So naïve.
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Nobody has given more of himself as a Chinese Basketball League player than Metta World Peace. And what did he give? World Peace.
In fact, he intends to change his name to The Panda's Friend for his upcoming season with the Sichuan Blue Whales. He is currently known in China as “Ci Shiping,” a literal translation of "Metta World Peace,” but is changing his first name to The. The China Daily reported the new name as Panda Friend, but Met . . . er, The set everyone straight on Twitter.
Expect legal action on the panda issue from both Pablo Sandoval (first name Kung-Fu) and Bradley Beal (first name Big).
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And now, crap uniform news, first from Tampa where the Buccaneers will debut their hideous new kit, with numbers that look like they were stolen from an old LCD calculator and made to glow.
Here’s what it looks like, and you are responsible for your own bucket.
Notice in particular the reflective chrome border around the numbers on the front, back and shoulders. And now the general look is of Tron’s junior varsity team. Brutal. Just brutal.
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And now, CRAP uniforms with at least a legitimate reason for existing –- Northern Illinois’ new jerseys with corn epaulettes.
The jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to three local charities, including a family whose father, an NIU employee, has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and has a son who was born with a heart disease. For that, corn epaulettes are acceptable.
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Dan Le Batard of ESPN, the Miami Herald and local radio fame was suspended by the network for two days after his radio show bought “You're Welcome LeBron” billboards in Cleveland. Le Batard said all of this was “meant in fun –- it's just fun anarchy.” Well, this is why Che Guevara and Emma Goldman don’t work for ESPN -– anarchy doesn’t play well on the network.
That, and the fact that both Che and Goldman are dead.
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The NCAA Division I board of directors on Thursday voted 16-2 to allow the schools in the top five conferences to write many of their own rules, which is merely a ratification of the long-understood realization that the biggest checkbook wins.
That isn’t that the NCAA folks say though: “This keeps Division I together,” board chairman and Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch said. “I'm thrilled that Division I and all its virtues can be maintained, and I think this is the pathway to do so.”
The guy must be nuts. Or did I just mispronounce “disingenuous?”
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And finally, Jim Harbaugh is now 0-3 against his brother, proving yet again that the Warriors should have traded for Kevin Love.