Yes. It’s time. There’s never been a more opportune moment for a franchise in any sport to scuttle a nickname with — real or perceived, overt or subtle — racist aspects. On this blog six years ago, I recommended that Cleveland drop the Chief Wahoo mascot, which the team eventually did from their uniforms but […]Read More Tangled web: Should the Indians rename themselves?
On a Friday afternoon 30 years ago this past spring, I officially accepted a fellowship to enroll as a graduate student at the Marquette University College of Journalism. The next day, the Marquette basketball team, the defending NCAA champions, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Miami of Ohio. In a way, […]Read More Marquette basketball: Hardwood warriors
Let’s start formally with a Cleveland Indians cap, representing the team I’ve followed my whole life. This shot was taken between innings at an Indians-Athletics game in Oakland early in the 2008 season. The cap belongs to my friend Joe, a fellow Clevelander who surprised me with the offer of front-row seats that Sunday morning. […]Read More Let’s start with the Tribe