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3 Days That Rocked the World of Native American Sports Imagery

Good morning! Greetings from Uni Watch HQ, where all three inhabitants continue to be healthy and safe. Hope the same is true at your home and that you all did your best to enjoy the weirdest Independence Day of our lifetimes.

I know many people kind of tuned out from following news developments during the holiday weekend (I tuned out quite a bit myself, in fact), so you may not realize just how much churn there’s been on the topic of sports teams using Native/Indigenous imagery. The short version is that it’s now basically a done deal that the Washington NFL team will be getting a new name, possibly even as soon as this season, and potential changes are also afoot in Cleveland (MLB) and Edmonton (CFL).

It’s astonishing how quickly these developments have taken place. When we all woke up last Wednesday morning, we had no inkling that any of this was going to happen. By the end of Friday, the entire landscape had shifted. To put that in context, here’s how last week played out in terms of Native and Indigenous issues in sports:

Monday and Tuesday: Nothing.

Wednesday: AdWeek runs story about shareholders and investment firms urging FedEx, Nike, and PepsiCo to divest from ’Skins until team name is changed.

Thursday afternoon: FedEx calls on team to change name.

Thursday evening: ’Skins merchandise disappears from Nike website.

Friday morning: ’Skins announce “thorough review” of team name.

Friday afternoon: Multiple NFL journalists report that name change is highly likely to happen, possibly this year. … Meanwhile, CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos announce plan to “ramp up our ongoing engagement with the Inuit communities” regarding the team’s name.

Friday evening: Cleveland Indians announce search for “best path forward” regarding team name.

That’s a pretty amazing sequence of dominoes falling in such a short time. (Of course, you could also say it’s taken an agonizingly long time for these long-overdue moves to happen, but the pace of last week’s developments was still remarkable.)

There was a bit of additional news yesterday:

• ’Skins coach Ron Rivera said he’s been working with team owner Dan Snyder on a new team name, indicated that he’s particularly fond of two of the options they’ve discussed, and said it “would be awesome” if the change could be made by the start of the 2020 season. He also repeated his odd qualifier, first expressed in the team’s “thorough review” statement on Friday, that the new team name should honor the military. (Rivera comes from a military family and is a strong pro-military advocate, but it’s not clear why that would have any bearing on an NFL team’s name.)

• Indians manager Terry Francona announced that he’s in favor of the team changing its name.

So that’s where things currently stand.

These developments have prompted a lot of questions. Here are the ones I’ve heard most often:

We’re always hearing how it takes two years for an NFL team to get new uniforms. How can they possibly do a total rebrand in two months?

It’s true that the normal process calls for a two-year time frame, but that’s largely due to retail supply-chain issues, not because it takes two years to create the design itself. That said, I’d imagine some combination of the following issues are in play here:

First, since the team’s name has been an ongoing controversy for years now, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that some sort of “In Case of Emergency Break Glass” options have already been prepared and are largely ready to go.

Second, whatever the new team name turns out to be, they may end up keeping the same colors and even the same basic uniform design (helmet logo and chest wordmark notwithstanding, of course), so a redesign wouldn’t necessarily be a drastic visual makeover.

Third, they could take the intermediate step of removing the helmet logo and chest wordmark from the uniform set and simply play as “Washington” in 2020, with the new identity and design to follow in 2021.

What do you think the new name will be?

I have no idea. I’m just glad the old name will soon be gone.

What about the Braves, Chiefs, and Blackhawks?

I’ve long thought that Chief Wahoo and the ’Skins name were the low-hanging fruit, the no-brainers, regarding this issue. I think the other teams will be harder, but I expect they’ll receive some scrutiny — or at least I hope so.

Why do you hope so? There’s nothing offensive about the Chiefs. What’s the problem there?

As I’ve long explained, my position on this stuff has nothing to do with what’s “offensive” (a subjective term that has largely been rendered meaningless in today’s cultural debates). I see it more simply: When a non-Native team uses Native iconography, they’re using something that doesn’t belong to them — something most of us are taught not to do at a very young age. If a school on a Native American reservation wants to call itself the Chiefs — or, Braves, or Indians, or Redskins — more power to them. But the Hunt family? Nuh-uh.

But that’s just me. It’s true that most other people do tend to view this issue through the lens of “offensiveness” — that’s why Chief Wahoo and the word “Redskins” were the low-hanging fruit to begin with, and why I think it will be harder to achieve change with the other teams (although the Braves and Chiefs will draw added “offensiveness” scrutiny thanks to their fans’ use of the tomahawk chop, which many people view as distasteful, so that could be a factor).

What about the Vikings, Celtics, Yankees, etc.?

Those are all examples of a culture celebrating itself (Minnesota was settled by Scandinavian immigrants; Boston is a heavily Irish-American city; New York is in the north), which is very different from misappropriating someone else’s culture. But if you have objections to any of those team names, feel free to start a movement protesting them. If your position is convincing, I’m sure it will gain traction, just as the ’Skins movement did.

We may as well just change every team to the name of an animal, because any other name will be offensive to someone.

Actually, I’ve never heard anyone take offense to non-animal-based team names like Mets, Dodgers, Astros, Angels, Patriots, Packers, Steelers, Jets, Texans, Chargers, Titans, Heat, Rockets, Knicks, Clippers, Suns, Nuggets, Pacers, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Red Wings, Flyers, Flames, Senators, Blues, or countless others — have you?

It’s true that several categories of team names that were common and acceptable in previous eras are now being reassessed. Names associated with Native Americans are one such category; names associated with the Confederacy are another. Reasonable people can have differing good-faith positions about those names. But trying to delegitimize the entire discussion by saying “Every name is gonna offend someone!” is a bad-faith tactic.

This is so phony. Everyone knows the ’Skins are only changing the name because they’d lose a lot of revenue otherwise.

Soooo many people have said this, or something like it, in recent days. (Other versions included “There’s no altruism here — it’s just about the money” or simply “Money talks.”) The unspoken subtext of these comments — sometimes unintentionally, sometimes very intentionally — is that the team’s impending name change is somehow tainted, or less satisfying, or less legitimate, or less of a win for longtime name-change advocates, because it was based primarily on financial considerations.

I disagree. Would it be nice if Dan Snyder somehow saw the light and did the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do? Yes. Is he instead engaging in a somewhat cynical exercise driven by his balance sheet? Also yes. But why is he doing that? Because FedEx and Nike put pressure on him to do so, that’s why. And why did those companies do that? Because their shareholders and investment partners put pressure on them to do so. And why did that happen? Because that’s where we are right now as a country: Cultural standards of acceptability have shifted and lots of things are changing as a result, including an NFL team’s name.

So yeah, in the little picture, Snyder is changing the name because of dollars and cents. But in the big picture, the change is happening because our collective sense of right and wrong has shifted — that’s why the team name is no longer financially viable. In other words, it is happening for the right reasons, and it’s very much a win for those of us who’ve long advocated for it.

It’s also important to remember that economic boycotts have a long history of spurring meaningful change. The Montgomery bus boycott, for example, was a key step in the Civil Rights movement; consumer boycotts of non-union fruit as a result of the Delano Grape Strike helped achieve major victories for farm workers in the 1970s; the movement to divest from South Africa helped topple apartheid; and so on.

There are also plenty of previous examples of successful boycotts connected to sports: The NFL’s decision not to hold Super Bowl XXVII in Arizona helped spur the state to finally to finally establish a holiday for Martin Luther King; multiple leagues boycotted North Carolina in 2016 due to the state’s discriminatory “bathroom law” (including the NBA, which moved its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte), leading to the law’s partial repeal in 2017; and the NCAA’s decision last month to boycott the state of Mississippi may have been the deciding factor in the move to change the state’s flag.

Whether done by big companies or by individual citizens, boycotts are perfectly legitimate forms of civic engagement and are an example of democracy in action — voting with your wallet! Is it sad that that’s the only language Dan Snyder understands? Yes. But while that may taint him as a human being, it doesn’t taint his team’s name change in any way. It’s the right outcome for the right reasons.

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What’s in a (nick)name?: One ’Skins side issue I’ve been noticing is that lots of media outlets have said the team is changing its “nickname.” ESPN’s story about Ron Rivera and Dan Snyder discussing new team identity options, for example, is headlined “Coach Ron Rivera says he has been working with Redskins owner on new nicknames,” and the article itself refers several times to the team’s “nickname.”

But the word “Redskins” is not the team’s nickname; it’s their name. Similarly, I often see articles saying that such-and-such high school will be changing its “mascot,” and then it turns out that they’re actually changing their team name and don’t even have a mascot! The three terms — name, nickname, and mascot — increasingly seem to be used interchangeably.

That bugs me — in part, I admit, because of my own detail-obsessive neuroses, but also because mistakenly referring to a team’s “nickname” (instead of their name) has the effect of diminishing and thus trivializing the issue, as if we’re just talking about a conversational or vernacular trope instead of the actual, formal name of a multi-jillion-dollar enterprise.

It seems like a basic taxonomy guide would be helpful here:

Name: Cleveland Indians
Nickname: Tribe
Mascot: Slider (current); Chief Wahoo (retired)

Name: New York Yankees
Nickname: Bronx Bombers
Mascot: None

Name: Philadelphia Phillies
Nickname: Phils
Mascot: Phillie Phanatic

Name: San Diego Padres
Nickname: None
Mascot: Swinging Friar

And so on. I suppose we could go further and distinguish between mascots that exist solely as logo depictions and those that exist as live, costumed characters, but you get the idea. Further feedback/input welcome!

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Membership update: Sometimes when we get an unusual membership card design request, I tell the enrollee, “I’m not sure our designer can do that — let me check with him and get back to you.”

That’s what happened when reader John Wood Jr. recent requested a card based on pro wrestler Ric “Nature Boy” Flair’s robe. I was pretty sure card designer Scott M.X. Turner would say, “No way,” but instead he said he’d do it — and it turned out great!

John’s card is part of a new batch that’s been added to the membership card gallery, as we continue our push toward 3,000 designs.

Want to help us reach that milestone? Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, as a gesture of comm-uni-ty solidarity, the price of a membership has been reduced from $25 to $20 until further notice.

As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here (now more than 2,800 of them!), and you can see how we produce the cards here.

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The Ticker
By Jamie Rathjen

Baseball News: Here’s Pirates RF Dave Parker wearing a helmet with a football facemask to protect a broken cheekbone in 1978. In 2008, Paul wrote about that and Parker’s other adventures with cross-sports masks that season (from Nick Stamo). … A D.C. Little League team is wearing uni numbers positioned against an outline of the district’s shape (from @VictoryCB). … The Brewers have added a new ribbon board to their ballpark.

NFL News: Pro Football Journal’s John Turney conducted a fascinating uni-centric interview with former Rams DL Jack Youngblood. And yes, Youngblood’s double-decker FNOB is one of the topics addressed in the interview.

Hockey News: The goalies are wearing different jerseys in this 1973-74 team photo of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos, who played in what was then called the Western Canada Hockey League (from Wade Heidt).

Basketball News: In case you missed it over the weekend, here is the list of the 29 social justice messages that the NBA and the players’ union have approved for use in place of NOBs when the season resumes. Players can also opt to retain their standard NOBs instead of a message. … Here are some of the uniforms for The Basketball Tournament, which started this weekend with a reduced number of teams compared to previous years (from Timmy Donahue).

Soccer News: The NWSL’s Sky Blue FC wore a Black Lives Matter sleeve patch on their warm-up shirts on Saturday. … Real Madrid officially started a women’s team after completing a year-long buyout of the women’s Primera División’s CD Tacón. One consequence of that process was Tacón’s home matches this season were only open to Real Madrid members, even before the pandemic. … Also in Spain, the men’s Segunda División’s SD Huesca have brought a different captain’s armband to every away league game this season, usually highlighting a landmark or famous person from the home team’s area, and give each of them to their hosts (from Alvin Nguyen). … Both teams in the women’s German Cup final, VfL Wolfsburg and SGS Essen, wore second kits — Wolfsburg’s is for next season and Essen’s for this season. … In Italy, Juventus commemorated goalie Gianluigi Buffon’s record 648th Serie A appearance on their sleeves. … New first and second shirts for English League Two’s Oldham Athletic, and they also mentioned that a new English Football League number/NOB font is coming this month (from Ed Żelaski). … New shirts also for Brazilian team Corinthians and English League One’s Peterborough United.

Grab Bag: A San Diego high school named after Junípero Serra, an 18th-century Catholic priest who built some of the Spanish missions in California using Native American labor, wants to change its school name and “Conquistadors” team name (from Brad, who didn’t give his last name). … A school in Princeton, B.C., is dropping its “Rebels” team name (from Timmy Donahue). … Formula One drivers wore “End Racism” T-shirts — the championship’s one Black driver, Lewis Hamilton, wore a BLM shirt instead — and a majority knelt before yesterday’s Austrian Grand Prix, although some were not comfortable kneeling. … Australian Football League team West Coast wore their indigenous-designed jumper, which appears to me to be unchanged from last year’s design.

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What Paul did last night: I’ve mentioned a few times that we have several stray cats in our neighborhood. On Saturday we saw one of them, who we call Puma because he’s solid-black, being chased up a tree by another cat we’d never seen before. They were screeching and hissing and swatting at each other — nasty stuff. Eventually the other cat retreated and Puma came down and went on his way.

While porching last night, we saw Puma walk by. He didn’t look so good — he wasn’t exactly limping, but his gait seemed tentative and timid, like he was suddenly much older. We worried that maybe he’d been injured in the cat spat.

But about 10 minutes later, he came back the other way, seeming more like his sprightly self — good to see! Maybe he was just a little hung over from Fourth of July activities, same as us.

I miss the branch.

As always, you can see the full set of daily Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos — now more than 110 of them — here.

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Our latest raffle winner is Jon Goudreau, who’s won himself a Pierogi T-shirt. Big congrats to him! — Paul

Happy Fifth of July

Our friend Matt came over yesterday for a socially distant cookout — chicken, steak, shrimp kebabs, and grilled kale — and then he stuck around to join us for Pandemic Porch Cocktails™. First time we’ve had a guest for that. Also the first time we’ve had sparklers! (While we’re at it, I don’t mind saying that the previous day’s PPC™ photo was really good. You can see the full set, now up to 110 daily pics, here.)

That’s it for today. We’ll be back with full content tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend. — Paul

Happy Independence Day

Each year on this date I try to find an image that captures America in a nutshell (here are the ones from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008). This year it was easy: The most patriotic act we can engage in right now — the best way to help secure the literal health of our nation — is to mask up, as NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is doing in the photo above. That’s because we’re all in this together. Or as someone once said, e pluribus unum.

Obviously, Independence Day feels different this year, but please accept my best wishes for a happy holiday all the same. I’ll be busy today, but the comments are open, so feel free to chat among yourselves. If you have a few minutes, I heartily recommend reading the Declaration of Independence, whose ratification is what we’re celebrating today. (Here’s a typeset version, in case you can’t decipher the handwriting.)

And remember, if you’re spending the day in the company of a Britisher — which I guess is less likely this year — kindly pass along my annual Independence Day rallying cry: In your face, Redcoats!Paul

FedEx, Nike Choose Sides in NFL Name-Change Debate

Yesterday’s Ticker included the news that investment firms and shareholders had asked three prominent ’Skins-associated corporations to stop doing business with the team. Those three companies were FedEx, which holds the naming rights to the team’s stadium; PepsiCo, which is a stadium concessionaire and also has the naming rights to one of the stadium gates; and Nike, which makes the team’s uniforms and sells team-branded merchandise.

It seemed like a potentially quixotic move. But by the end of yesterday, two of those three corporations had signaled their agreement with the name-change movement.

The first news came in the late afternoon, when FedEx announced that it had asked the team to change its name. This is particularly noteworthy because FedEx founder/chairman/CEO Frederick Smith holds a minority ownership stake in the team, so he has an interest on both ends of the FedEx/’Skins transactional relationship.

A few hours later, people started noticing that ’Skins apparel was no longer available on the Nike website. As of this morning, Nike has not yet issued any statement about this, but the message seems clear enough. (I’ll update this post if Nike makes a statement today, and/or as other developments warrant.)

These two moves feel significant. How will it look for a team’s own stadium name advertiser to essentially be disowning the team’s name? One way around that embarrassment would be for the team to release FedEx from its naming rights contract and find a new advertiser, but what company would want to purchase the naming rights in the climate that would result from FedEx’s departure? The rights would essentially be tainted. (Hey, maybe the stadium would revert back to its original moniker — Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. That could be a rare instance of Dan Snyder’s intransigence working for the public good!)

Similarly, while Nike is contractually bound to produce the team’s uniforms, their apparent decision to stop selling ’Skins merch is a slap in the face to the team. Much like the FedEx move, it has the effect of isolating and humiliating Snyder, and also exerting economic leverage on him via lost merch revenue.

As I’ve always said, Snyder has every right to call his team whatever he likes — a right I fully support — but he does not have the right to be free of public criticism or feedback, and right now he’s facing more of it. I have no idea if that will lead him to change his longstanding position regarding the team’s name, but the situation is clearly fluid and all sorts of dominoes are falling these days (who would have thought that the murder of a unarmed Black man in Minnesota would result in the state of Mississippi changing its flag barely a month later?), so I strongly suspect there will be more developments on this front in the days and weeks to come.

Meanwhile, last night I saw a lot of the same responses to the FedEx and Nike moves, so let’s shift into virtual-FAQ mode:

FedEx didn’t seem to object to the team name when they bought the naming rights in 1999, so why do they suddenly care now?

Standards of decency and public acceptability change, people change their minds about things (you’ve probably done that a few times yourself), corporate staff and boards undergo turnover that brings in new people with new ideas, and so on. The idea that a decision made 21 years ago is somehow etched in stone for perpetuity seems silly.

Yeah, but FedEx is obviously doing this just as a way of virtue-signaling. They don’t really care about Native Americans.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re right. Okay — so what? This isn’t a story about FedEx; it’s a story about an NFL team, and how that team’s corporate partners have decided, for whatever reasons, that the team’s name has become toxic, so they no longer want to be associated with it. The reasons for that decision matter less than the decision itself.

It’s pretty rich seeing Nike trying to claim the moral high ground when they operate sweatshops.

Actually, Nike hasn’t claimed any moral high ground. They’ve just decided, apparently, to stop selling a particular category of merchandise.

I think we’re all aware that Nike isn’t a morally pure company (and for all I know, neither is FedEx). But again: So what? This isn’t a story about Nike; it’s a story about an NFL team name that has apparently become radioactive.

But when Nike does something like this, they’re just being a big bunch of hypocrites.

One more time: So what? Accusing someone of hypocrisy is a classic example of a tactic I’ve often called out here on Uni Watch — attacking the messenger instead of engaging with the message.

Here’s a great example of what I mean: Back in December, the minority leader of the New York State Assembly posted a message on his website reminding people not to drink and drive. Then on New Year’s Eve, he was arrested on a DWI charge. Is he a big hypocrite? Yes, obviously. But does that somehow mean that his original message — “You shouldn’t drink and drive” — is somehow invalidated? Of course not. It was true when he said it and it’s still true now. He just turned out to be a very poor messenger for that particular message.

Similarly, if you think Nike and FedEx are poor messengers for the movement to change the ’Skins name, that’s fine. But the movement is still there, and now two powerful voices have been added to it, however imperfect they may be.

This is stupid. America is facing all sorts of problems right now — who cares about a football team’s name?

I completely agree that sports in general — not just this particular storyline — is a low-priority topic right now. But to whatever admittedly limited extent that sports matters, this storyline seems noteworthy.

Finally, here’s something I learned as a result of all this: All these years I mistakenly thought the stadium name was FedEx Field, but it’s actually FedExField (without the space). And now that I’ve finally learned it, it might be changing.

Update: Shortly after 11am Eastern today, the team released this statement:

I have two primary reactions to this:

1. There is no indication of how long this review is going to take or when it is scheduled to conclude, although I expect we’ll hear more about that soon.

2. The concluding quote from coach Ron Rivera about “our Military” is a total non sequitur that makes no sense at all — unless, as some have suggested, they’re going to change the name to Red Tails as a reference to the Tuskegee Airmen. So maybe that’s a hint/clue/etc.

Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is now reporting that he’s been told by a source that the “thorough review” of the team’s identity will likely result in a name change. It’s not yet clear what the time frame for that would be.

Update: The Washington Post is now reporting that the name change is essentially a done deal and could even take place as soon as this season (assuming there is a season, which is still not a sure thing). Here’s the key passage:

[T]wo people familiar with discussions between team owner Daniel Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and other league officials that led to Friday’s announcement said the review is expected to result in a new team name and mascot.

“You know where this leads,” one of the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They’re working on that process [of changing the name]. It will end with a new name. Dan has been listening to different people over the last number of weeks.”

Asked whether a change was certain, the person said, “I don’t want to say 100 percent. It’s very likely headed in that direction.”

A second person with knowledge of the situation said: “It’s not a matter of if the name changes but when.”

One of the people familiar with discussions between the team and league said the change “potentially” could take place before the 2020 season, currently scheduled to begin Sept. 10, and the other said “it’s trending that way.”

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ITEM! Theoretical T-shirt raffle: I happen to have an extra Pierogi T-shirt, size Large, that needs a good home, so I’m going to give it away to a lucky Uni Watch reader today.

This will be a one-day raffle, open only to U.S. shipping addresses (sorry). To enter, send an email with your shipping info to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

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The Ticker
By Anthony Emerson

Baseball News: With the minor league season now officially cancelled, the Toledo Mud Hens are selling a T-shirt calling themselves the “2020 Undefeated Champions” of the International League. No word yet on whether every single other MiLB team will do the same thing (from Brian J. Ristau). … A friend of Kurt Crowley sent along some pics of a Rochester Honkers/St. Cloud Rox Northwoods League game, where Rochester players socially distanced themselves down the left field line during the playing of the national anthem. Both teams were in turquoise jerseys. … Here are the logos for the teams participating in the Constellation Energy League, a league set up to help independent league players unemployed due to the pandemic (from Ignacio Salazar). … On something called The At Home Variety Show shown on NBC’s new streaming service, host Seth MacFarlane was wearing a baseball cap with a “Q Strong” logo in the Red Sox’s typeface. It appears to be a parody of the Red Sox’s “B Strong” logo, seen frequently following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, with the “Q” probably referencing fictional Quahog, R.I., where MacFarlane’s first and most successful TV series, Family Guy, is set (from Max Weintraub).

NFL News: All NFL teams reportedly plan to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” informally known as “the Black National Anthem,” prior to their Week One games. The article says the league “is also considering listing the names of [police brutality] victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys.” … As previously reported, the league is also considering the use of protective face shields on the field, although players apparently aren’t in love with that idea. … The Broncos have a section of their website detailing the stories behind each of their retired numbers (from Kary Klismet). … The BC Lions are asking fans to pick the best player to ever wear No. 24 in team history (from Wade Heidt). … With New Englanders still smarting over the defections of former Pats players Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to the Bucs, a Rhode Island brewery has come out with a new beer called “Traitorade,” with the package design depicting a modified Bucco Bruce (from Jennifer Hayden).

NBA News: It appears the artist who designed NBA 2K21’s “Mamba Forever Edition” cover inexplicably added a Nike maker’s mark to Kobe Bryant’s jersey, even though Bryant retired before Nike logos began appearing on NBA unis. You can see the original photo that the cover is based on here (from multiple readers). … The NBA has begun laying down practice courts in hotel ballrooms. Note the D League stickers on the backboards (from multiple readers). … Yahoo Sports tweeted some “NBA free agency what-ifs,” Photoshopping players into uniforms they could’ve worn. The only problem is, some of them include jersey ads before jersey ads were a thing, and one of them shows two players on the same team in different uniforms (from Josh Claywell).

Soccer News: FC Girondins de Bordeaux of Ligue 1 have a new crest. Reveal video is here. … On a similar note, Kary Klismet sends along an article about five times European clubs controversially changed their crests, an article inspired by Girondins’ change. … Sheffield United’s new home and away kits have leaked. … Harry Kane’s Premier League sleeve badge was way off center during Spurs’ match against Sheffield United yesterday. … New wardrobe, including a new shirt advertiser, for EPL side Everton (thanks to all who shared). … Two from Ed Zelaski: New home kit for Atlético Madrid and new home/away shirts new home and away shirts for German side Hansa Rostock.

Grab Bag: The PGA is is renaming the Horton Smith Award, given annually to a PGA member for outstanding contributions to professional education, because Smith defended the PGA’s segregationist membership policy when he served as the group’s president in the 1950s. The award will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. … A report from the UK’s House of Lords has recommended that betting advertisements be banned across all levels of sports in the United Kingdom, a move that would disproportionately impact soccer clubs. In England alone, half of the Premier League’s clubs have a betting advertisement; ditto for 17 out of 24 sides in the Championship, England’s second tier (from Bryan O’Nolan). … The England national cricket team will wear Black Lives Matter patches, just like the West Indies, when the two sides play each other next week (thanks, Jamie). … The McLaren F1 team has unveiled a new livery to support antiracism policies (from Kary Klismet). … Also from Kary, UC Riverside has a new athletic logo set.

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What Paul did last night: Tough porch session yesterday evening. We bickered about a longstanding point of contention between us, which ended up snowballing into a larger disagreement. Even from the rear vantage point, you can see that the Tugboat Captain looks pretty disgruntled. Hey, it happens. Happily, we patched things up later.

As always, you can see the full set of Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos here.

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Phil has the weekend off, but I’ll be back tomorrow with my annual Independence Day post. Everyone have a safe and healthy holiday weekend. Peace. — Paul