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Why The Redskins’ Name Debate Is Getting Ridiculous

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Brandon Sacks

In the NFL, no team has caused more of a disturbance than the Washington Redskins.  There has been a major discussion about the name of the franchise.  The name is considered to be a belittling term for Native Americans, and there has been a push to change it to something that is less controversial.  There has been a strong recommendation from many different people, including some Native American Tribes and the US Congress, to change the name.  The problem with this is the owner of the franchise.  Dan Snyder has made it very obvious that he has no intentions of changing the name, and he has been very adamant about that.

Earlier today, there was a serious blow to Snyder’s intentions.  The US Patent Office has officially cancelled the Redskins’ trademark, calling it disparaging to Native Americans.  This means that the Redskins organization no longer has control over the sale of merchandise for the team; some regular Joe Schmo can now sell merchandise with the Redskins name and logo on it without problems from the team.  Some have called this revocation the beginning of the end for the name of the franchise.

Everyone that is a fan of the sport is caught up in the situation in one way or another.  However, the reality of the situation is that it is absolutely ridiculous.  Dan Snyder has made it obvious that he has zero intention to change the name, yet people are still trying to convince him to do so.  This same exact revocation happened back in 1999 where they were denied trademarks, but the team won the appeal.  You can expect the same exact series of events to transpire.

Here’s another question that is brought up by the attack on the Redskins.  Why is it not acceptable for Washington to have this name when there are other teams that have potential derogatory names for Native Americans.  The Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, and Atlanta Braves all are teams that have names derived from Native American culture, yet it is acceptable for them to have their names.  The Indians are even referred to as the Tribe, but people decide to look past this because it’s easier to gang up on the Redskins.

The Redskins are a privately owned company, yet people want to force the owner to change the name.  What about all of the state college and public high school teams that are subsidized by the federal government?  The reigning BCS National Champion Florida State Seminoles shouldn’t be exempt from this argument.  The William & Mary Tribe, who were the Indians until the mid-1980s, seem exempt from this whole debacle, yet the minute change doesn’t remove the ties to Native American culture.  What about in high school?  The oldest high school in Baltimore County, Franklin High School in Reisterstown, which has been around since 1820, is called the Indians.  None of these teams receive any criticism from the general public, yet the government has the power to make these schools change their names should they be found degrading.

What is is about the mob mentality that causes people to want to gang up on the Redskins?  There are other teams in all levels of sports that have names that could be equally offensive, yet people turn a blind eye.  By doing this, it only makes the arguments that are presented against Washington’s historic football franchise that much more laughable.  In this era of being politically correct about everything, you cannot judge one group without judging all of them.  People need to start using certain arguments with every single sports team, from recreational to professional, before this entire spectacle with the Redskins will change.  Until then, it will remain a huge joke.

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Chee’s POD’s & O’s Preview for July 24th, 2012

Posted on 24 July 2012 by Big Chee

In an attempt to preface my Baseball Plays of the Day, let me begin by saying I have placed bets on baseball games only a handful of times in my life. Most of the instances occured at the Hard Rock Cafe Sports Book last year in Punta Cana, which was an awesome time, by the way. I hung out with John Rocker, who, at the time, informed me of his belief that he could be an effective asset to the Orioles bullpen.  While I am sure it was the Budweiser talking, he came across like an okay guy to me.   As tempting as it was, I fought hard to stay away from the only relevant topic anyone wants to talk to him about; his racist/homophobic/sexist comments in regards to playing in NYC. After all, the guy, being on vacation like myself, was there to enjoy himself.

Anyway, here are my Inaugural MLB Plays of the Day for Tuesday:

Cleveland Indians/Detroit Tigers OVER  9  (BEST BET)

To say that the Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been a disappointment in 2012 would be an understatement. Acquired at last year’s trade deadline from from the Colorado Rockies, the 28-year-old is rarely clocked at over 95 mph on the radar gun these days. In addition to his loss in velocity, he leads the AL in walks and sports a hideous 5.48 walks per nine innings. Jimenez’s July has been more atrocious as he boasts an ugly 7.48 ERA, surrendering 18 earned runs in just four starts.

Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera will be licking their lips when the Tigers roll into town Tuesday and should have no problem teeing off on Jimenez.  However, their teammate and Detroit starter tonight Doug Fister has also been up and down this season. Fister has won his last three starts after losing his previous three starts. Cleveland, winners against Baltimore last night to avoid a sweep, is batting .311 (84-for-270) against fastballs from pitchers like Fister since last season. The lone bright spot in the lineup is Shin-Soo Choo, who homered in two of the last three games.

I expect Detroit to put up roughly 7-8 runs in this contest.   Cleveland should manage at least three.

New York Mets to win ML (-108)

The Mets have certainly been free-falling as of late.  Losers of their last 10 of 11, their starting pitching has compiled a 6.41 ERA during that span.  Not to mention the devastating news that pitchers Johan Santana and Dillon Gee have hit the DL. Their sole victory during those 11 games was last Thursday when R.A. Dickey got the best of the Nats’ Gio Gonzalez. Dickey will go for his 12th consecutive winning decision in the rematch tonight.

Gonzalez hasn’t looked anything like an All-Star over his last five starts. The southpaw surrendered six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched during last week’s matchup against the Mets, ballooning his ERA to 5.75 in July. To make matters worse, Dickey is a perfect 6-0 at home and should make scoring runs very difficult for the Nationals offense.

Dickey certainly has not been lights out either, but expect him to get enough support led by David Wright and a red hot Daniel Murphy to even this three game series at 1-1.

ORIOLES vs RAYS PREVIEW: July 24th, 2012

Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound for the Orioles tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays as the O’s try to rebound after failing to sweep Cleveland last night. The last time the Rays faced the Orioles with Chen on the mound, Rays’ starter David Price overshadowed him with a complete game shutout. Tonight, the Rays are not as fortunate to match Price against Chen once again, as they send Jeremy Hellickson to the mound. The Rays have lost all of Hellickson’s last five starts and his road ERA stands at 4.08. Chen, on the other hand, has an ERA a full point lower at home.  Taking three of four in Cleveland and winning their last five of six overall has given the O’s some much needed swagger after a slow start post All Star Break. The travel from Cleveland to Baltimore will not fatigue them very much either, so jet lag will not be a problem.   All signs point to Baltimore starting this three game set successfully with a win, thus further distancing themselves from the bottom three in the AL East.

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My Orioles Trip to Cleveland

Posted on 24 July 2012 by scottzolotorow

 

 

I arrived home late last night from Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I took in Friday and Saturday night’s Oriole wins at Progressive Field and a game at the beautiful PNC Park Sunday afternoon. These were two more stadiums on my journey to see an official game at every MLB park, numbers 17 and 18 respectively. But Cleveland was all business, with my Orange gear on I was there to see the Orioles play. The second night we actually sat with 5 Orioles fans and were louder than the Indians fans in our section which was in the bleachers. The Indians have some interesting traditions, none more unique then the drum guy. This guy plays his little bass drum all night long when the Indians have a runner in scoring position and everyone in return claps along.

In my last blog, i deemed this series against the Indians as the most important series of the season up to this point. I was right with the Orioles taking 3 of 4 and the Yankees getting swept in Oakland. The O’s are now just 6.5 games back of the Yankees and tied for the Wildcard lead with a huge two week period ahead with Tampa, Oakland, and the Yankees. Its now or never and the two games I saw in Cleveland along with Sunday’s was the start! But back to the trip, I was pleasantly surprised that my party of three wasn’t the only Orioles fans at Progressive Field. The fans in Cleveland were also very welcoming towards us Orioles fans. I did make the classic mistake of asking the woman next to me who was more hated, Model or Lebron. She got over it!

The highlight of the two games in Cleveland besides the obvious two wins that I got to see on the road, was hearing the roar of the crowd when Jim Thome took his first steps towards the plate of his first at bat Friday night. He went on to double, Homer, and single that night! Thus they didn’t cheer for him very much the 2nd night! His home run in Friday nights game put him alone at 6th all-time, passing short time Oriole, Sammy Sosa. This was the first significant home run that I had seen in person since Manny Ramirez’s 500th which took place May 31st of 2008 off of the submariner, Chad Bradford, at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost that game 6-3. Thome of course homered in the 2nd game of the trip on a solo shot off Zach McAllister. His first two home runs as an Oriole, in my first two games seeing him play in an Oriole uniform.

The MVPs of the trip are Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez who shut down the Indians in front of two gigantic Cleveland crowds. Both nights after the games the Indians put on an incredible firework show called “Rock N Blast.” This is a once in a year extravangza sponsored by the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was the only reason fans stuck around throughout the Orioles 10-2 beatdown of the Indians. Big round of applause to Ryan Flaherty as well for homering in back to back nights along with Thome. The Indians are getting ready to install a Jim Thome statue in center field already and he hasn’t even retired yet!  I’ll be back Cleveland for the Ravens-Browns game in November!

 

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Playoffs?!

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Playoffs?!

Posted on 05 July 2012 by ryanhiken

The Orioles are currently 44-37 at the halfway mark of the season.  They are on pace for their best season in 15 years.  However, this isn’t the best start to a season they have had in the last 15 years.  In 2005, the Orioles were 47-40 at the all-star break.  The Orioles have one more series before the all star break.  They begin a four game series with the Los Angeles Angels tonight in Los Angeles.  The Orioles are currently a half game back of the Angels for the first wild card spot in the American League.  This year, Major League Baseball will be adding a 5th playoff team.  The first wildcard team will be hosting a one game playoff with the 5th place team.  This series would be a preview of the one game playoff if the season were to end today.

This is about the time of year when most Oriole fans begin to write them off.  This is the mentality that the average Orioles fan has.  This is unfortunate, because this years team is different from the others.  This team has legitimate star players in Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.  The pitching staff isn’t perfect, but they have a legitimate starter in Jason Hammel and an all-star closing pitcher in Jim Johnson.  This is a formula for success, along with the leadership of Buck Showalter, the Oriole’s veteran manager.

This upcoming series will tell us a lot about this current Oriole team.  A couple of games ago the Orioles were struggling, but they went into Seattle and won 2 out of 3 games.  They probably should have swept the series, but unfortunate errors cost them the game Monday night.  The Angels began the season slow with a 7-14 record.  Since then, the Angels are 38-22 and have been one of the best teams in baseball.  The Orioles have been excellent this year, but have a combined record of 5-12 against the American League elite of NY Yankees, Texas Rangers and LA Angels.

I believe the Orioles are good, but I don’t believe they are elite.  Many people have been asking me if I think they will make the playoffs.  I think they will, because I think they haven’t played their best baseball yet.  They have been very successful against their competition outside of the elite teams.  I don’t believe they are going to surpass the Yankees and take the division, but I believe they will make the playoffs.  Therefore, I expect the Orioles to play in the inaugural one game wildcard playoff.  I think this would be incredible, especially if the Orioles could host the game.  The Orioles haven’t played a meaningful game in  Baltimore since 1997, I think its about time.  Fans need to get on the bandwagon now, before its too late.  Believe in this team, don’t write them off and go out to the games and support the team.

Come September, when the Orioles are hosting the first ever one game wildcard playoff, its going to be the hardest ticket in town to get in the last 15 years.  The Orioles need to win at least two games in this series to guarantee their best winning percentage before the all-star break since the 1997 season, when they lost in the ALCS to the Cleveland Indians.  If the Orioles can manage to do this, I think it says a lot about them as a team.  If they get swept I think that will also say a lot about them.  That is why I believe this series is so important.

It is important to head into the all-star break with momentum, now is a great time to do so, and make a statement to the rest of the league.  The Orioles are a good team, they will remain competitive for the rest of the season and they are not to be messed with.  The Orioles have the 2nd best winning percentage in the MLB in one run games with a record of 15-6.  The Orioles are also one of two teams to have a winning record and a negative run differential.  This just goes to show, the Orioles are a tough, gritty and nasty baseball team.  I wish the Orioles the best of luck this weekend in Los Angeles, watch the games, root for your home team and let the chips fall where they may.  I know there is a lot of baseball left to be played, but I think we will know where the Orioles stand come Monday.

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Orioles acquire Jim Thome

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Orioles acquire Jim Thome

Posted on 30 June 2012 by WNST Staff

FoxSports and CSNPhilly.com are reporting that the Orioles have acquired Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday in exchange for Frederick Keys P Kyle Simon, the Orioles fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Arizona, and Delmarva Shorebirds catcher Gabriel Lino.

The Orioles confirmed the FoxSports report Saturday afternoon, and said that Thome will suit up as the Orioles’ full-time DH for the first time Sunday against his old team, the Cleveland Indians.

Thome,41, is currently hitting .242 with 62 ABs, 5 HRs, and 15 RBIs in 30 games of action.

In 2011 with the Minnesota Twins, Thome became only the eighth member of the 600-HR club.

The five-time All-Star has spent time with five other clubs in his major league career, including the Indians, Twins, White Sox, Dodgers, and Phillies.

Simon was 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts for the Keys.

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Long Ball Killing the Baltimore Orioles During Current Three-Game Skid

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Long Ball Killing the Baltimore Orioles During Current Three-Game Skid

Posted on 29 June 2012 by andrewtomlinson

It is the time of the year every Baltimore Orioles fan inevitably waits for, no not the All-Star break, but instead the slide that ultimately marks the end of Baltimore’s ability to challenge for a playoff spot in the American League. Different than most years though, there is one major facet of the game they can fix to right the ship, keeping the ball in the yard.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is not exactly a cavernous baseball stadium, but at the same time it is possible to prevent other teams from constantly hitting home runs. While considered a hitters park, the slight nuances of the park make it possible for pitchers to give up lazy fly balls and not worry about them floating out. If the O’s want to get the train back on the tracks they have got to get their pitchers back to giving up fly balls and not big flys.

In the last three games the team has give up eight home runs, including three last night in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Home runs are fun for fans, unless your team is giving them up, but they are killers for pitching staffs. While a home run obviously automatically puts runs on the boards, what really hurts is that it doesn’t leave runners on base. Sure, a double hurts, but at the end of the day you still have a man at second you can get out on a tag-out or force-out. In the last few games, Angels and Indians have not been leaving a lot of options for outs, with so many guys trotting the base paths.

With just over a week left before the break, Baltimore has to look at figuring out how to keep the ball in the park. The team has a decent infield and a solid outfield defensively and the pitchers have to figure out how to use it to their advantage. Stopping a homer is all about throwing quality pitches in hitter friendly counts, not always looking for the strikeout and trusting the guys behind you will make the plays. O’s pitchers can’t be hanging pitches on 2-0, 3-0 or 3-1 counts or they are going to continue to get clobbered.

This slide is fixable, keep the ball in the yard last night and there is a good chance the O’s are in the game after J.J. Hardy’s homer in the fifth inning. It is one of the perils of being a big slugging team like they are this year, you live by the homer but can die buy it too. When, as a team, you primarily rely on the long ball to score, it is hard to put the opposing team’s offense on its heels. If Baltimore could tack on any early runs yesterday, it would have been a different game.

With the team’s offense just not there yet, in terms of scoring on singles and doubles, it is up to the pitchers to buy the offense as much time as it needs to smack one where no one can get it. It all comes back to quality pitches. Throw solid pitches in hitter friendly counts and the staff will start to see their numbers improve and the O’s breakout of their losing streak. If they can’t do it though, this could in fact be the slide every Baltimore fan waits for.

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