My ESPN column today is about last week’s symposium on the use of Native American imagery in sports, which took place at the National Museum of the American Indian — look here.
The symposium produced much more content than I had room for in today’s column, so I may end up using some of that content here on the blog over the next few weeks. For example: When the discussion turned to the renaming of the ’Skins, several of the panelists who live in Washington pointed out that the issue of Indian representation and sovereignty is particularly resonant in DC because Washington is, as one panelist put it, “a reservation, but without sovereignty” due to DC having no voting members of Congress. Interesting metaphor.
That’s all for today. Hope to see some of you at Show & Tell tonight. — Paul
Uni Watch News Ticker: “As has been previously documented, the Boston College Eagles added a fifth star to the back of their jerseys this season after winning the 2011-12 NCAA championship,” writes Dane Drutis. “On Monday night, BC wore their gold throwback jerseys for the finals of the Beanpot. It looks like they have new jerseys, but went with a very strange arrangement of the five stars.” … Lots good additional info about the NBA’s sleeved jerseys here. … We were recently speculating that the Yankees have so many retired numbers and so many players in camp this spring that they might have to use three-digit uni numbers. That would be awesome, but it’s not going to happen. Instead, according to a bullet point in this story, they’re going to double up on certain numbers. Any same-numbered players will be a pitcher and a position player, to help eliminate confusion (good luck). … A near-Brahmian deluge of stuff from Jay Sullivan, including a set of NHL first overall draft picks in eight-bit art; Notre Dame hockey wearing retro-ish uniforms for the Hockey City Classic; Oregon wearing really ugly G.I. Joe helmets for the spring game; Vanderbilt baseball going with matte batting helmets and new bat knob decals; and the unveiling of the world’s biggest baseball card. ”¦ Oooh, check out the awesome uniforms worn by the 1959-60 Galesburg (Illinois) Silver Streaks! Love it (from Luke Wall). … Here are some new Dolphins logo concepts from readers of the Miami Herald (from Bryant Grosso). ”¦ More Hockey City Classic uniforms, this time for Minnesota and Miami University (from Derick Gallagher and Geoff Lane, respectively). ”¦ “During a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on a local channel, the news crew interviewed one of many guys dressing up as Manti Te’o,” says Terry Duroncelet. “Sure the numbers looks like the ones that Notre Dame wore against Miami, and the facemask color is wrong, but I give him props for at least somewhat imitating the TechFit jersey. And yes, that cell phone is supposed to be his ‘girlfriend.'” ”¦ Interesting “Battle of the Brands” infographic on the UEFA Champions League (from Terrence Kearns). ”¦ This screen shot from MLB 13 The Show shows the Yankees with Majestic logo creep. “They’re usually very good with small details,” says Jesse Agler. “Wonder if this indicates a change or if it’s just an oversight.” ”¦ New striped stirrups and matte helmets for Pomona-Pitzer. ”¦ Here’s another company that makes jersey-themed chairs. “I have sat on one of the chairs and they are quite comfortable,” says Rocky Lum. ”¦ A hotel in Saskatoon, Canada, is closing down and selling off all its fixtures and such, including lots of sports-related items (from Brad Wolfe). ”¦ This 1983 Indy car had a Chicago Bulls bumper sticker (from Gerry Dincher). ”¦ “I just found out that Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze has a new Twitter account,” says Rob Ullman. “His photos are the story — some pretty amazing behind-the-scenes stuff!” ”¦ Here’s a great slideshow of every NBA East all-star jersey since 1980 (from Yancy Yeater). ”¦ Celtic fans displayed a huge Clash/London Calling-themed banner the other day. “To me this is the coolest thing in the history of ever!” says Mike Edgerley. ”¦ Here’s a photo taken during the Pirates’ logo-redesign focus group (from Chris Taylor). ”¦