We shouldn’t be so quick to placate to groups who want to see professional sports teams and their collegiate counter parts change their names from their traditional Native American names and mascots. What they refuse to understand is the name like the Braves, the Seminoles, the Fighting Sioux, et. al. are held with respect. The Indian names selected by schools and professional teams were done so as compliments, not for purposes of denigration. Not only that, most Native Indians don’t protest the team names. It’s the liberal elite white man who is offended on behalf of the Native Indian peoples. Even the University of Denver had their beloved ‘Denver Boone’ removed as the mascot because it “was a polarizing figure that did not reflect the growing diversity of the UD community, but rather was an image that many women, persons of color, international students and faculty members found difficult to relate to as defining the pioneering spirit.” How progressive. Something must be wrong with me since it never occurred to me that I should relate to a mascot. I never felt I could relate to a Hornet, but then again, I never tried.
Anyway, Matt over at The Morlock Revolt has done the progressive thing and renamed each of the 32 NFL teams in case any of them could possibly be offensive to someone.
It’s a good thing I’m not one to get tattoos of team logos. I don’t want to be a Buffalo Firm Handshake’s fan for life. Sheesh.