What you see at right (and can click to enlarge) is the logo for the Lake Erie Warriors, a Pennsylvania-based team in the new National College Prospects Hockey League, which will have its inaugural season this fall. The team and the logo have existed for at least four months, but I didn’t become aware of them until yesterday, when reader Bill Stewart brought them to my attention. “I’m not generally against Native American themes, but this just seems in poor taste,” he wrote. “Can’t believe that’s what they went with.”
Neither can I.
In case you’re wondering, the logo also appears on the team’s jersey (click to enlarge):
And here’s the beauty part: The team has a promotional video that begins with an inspriational slogan. And that slogan is…
I don’t have much to say about this one, because the whole thing pretty well speaks for itself. I don’t know what I could possibly add.
As it happens, just two days ago I accepted an invitation to be part of a panel discussion on Native American team names and mascots at Baruch College in Manhattan. It will take place on Sept. 8, probably in the early afternoon (I’ll have more info soon-ish), and will be open to the public. I imagine the Lake Erie Warriors may come up in the discussion once or twice.
Our next ’47 cap up for raffle is this Tigers cap, which has a cloth adjusta-strap in the back:
Here’s a closer look at the logo on the side (against a different background). There’s a ’47 maker’s mark on the other side.
To enter, send an email with your name and shipping address to this address (not to the usual Uni Watch email address, please) by 8pm Eastern TODAY. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, and I’ll also announce tomorrow’s raffle cap, which will bring our July raffle project to a close.
Membership update: We received two new membership orders yesterday (including one from Elliott Josypenko, whose card, shown at right, is based on his “Bat to the Future” softball jersey). I’m going to send this batch to the printer tomorrow and should have the printed/laminated cards in the mail by Saturday. So if you sign up today, you’ll likely get your card by early next week.
Culinary Corner: Two years ago I wrote about how I’d decided that the best bun for a hamburger is an English muffin. Earlier this week I decided to make soft-shell crab sandwiches on the grill and was trying to decide which kind of bun to use when it occurred to me that English muffins might once again be the answer. I’d never seen a crab sandwich served on an English muffin before, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.
I grilled an ear of corn along with the crabs and the muffins, and also made a sauce out of half a stick of butter, some lemon juice, and some capers. For each sandwich, I laid out a bed of corn kernels on the bottom half of the muffin, spooned on some of the sauce, and then added the crab (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):
It turned out really, really well. The muffin was sturdy enough to handle the butter-based sauce, but not so thick or dense that it distracted from the succulence of the crab. This is definitely going to be my go-to crab bun from now on.
Baseball News: Here’s the logo for next season’s MLB All-Star Game. … The Fort Wayne TinCaps will wear Indiana bicentennial jerseys on Friday (from Tony DesPlaines). … The “Hilly Phanatic” appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show the other night (from Will Shoken, among others). … Here’s something I didn’t know: Former Cubs C Randy Hundley was nicknamed “the Rebel.” So when he hit a homer at Wrigley, it was customary for a Confederate flag to be waved in the crowd. Pretty appalling (thanks, Phil). … Chris Sale, the gift that keeps on giving: ESPN broadcaster Rick Sutcliffe cut his necktie in two on the air the other night (from Rand Martin). … Tuesday night’s game between the Tacoma Rainiers and the El Paso Chihuahuas was delayed because the umpires’ gear was late (from Kenny Ocker). … When Darryl Strawberry played for the Giants in 1994, he had his jersey tailored with unusually short sleeves. … Who’s that in the football uniform? None other than Teddy Ballgame himself — Ted Williams! Lots of additional pics here (great find by James Gilbert). … Orioles 1B Chris Davis, mired in an 0-for-24 rut, batted bare-handed last night as a slump-buster move and promptly got a bunt single (from Andrew Cosentino). … Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter has a new personal logo (from @c_r_fap). … Sloppy work on Astros OF Jake Marisnick’s NOB, as the negative space on the “A” was filled in with orange. Compare that to his teammates (good spot by Hunter Towns). … A kid who asked for Reds 1B Joey Votto’s batting gloves was basically told that Votto stands with the 99%. Pretty funny (thanks, Mike). … Mets OF Yoenis CÃ©spedes has been wearing pants imprinted with the Declaration of Independence. Here’s another look at the pants (from @derpthrone). … Aroldis Chapman, making his Cubs debut, was wearing a black belt, instead of the Cubbies’ usual blue (good spot by Derrick Owen).
NFL News: Concussion discussion: The NFL claims that its “Heads Up” youth football program has reduced concussions among young players, but the data contradicts that claim. … New Eagles coach Doug Pederson is a big believer in using a helmet-cam during practices and workouts (thanks, Phil).
College Football News: Some Virginia Tech football helmets have been stolen (from Andrew Cosentino). … If you’ve been waiting for someone to rank the Big 12’s uniforms, today’s your lucky day (from Andy Altemus). … New uniforms for East Carolina (from Daniel Leyva) and also for Western Illinois (from Jack Giroux), and they sure do look similar. … Cal is planning a pretty cool Marshawn Lynch bobblehead (From Robert Hayes). … Oregon, as usual, appears to have something new in the works. … New away uniforms for the Virginia Military Institute (from Lenny Brown). … Whoa, check out these early-1900s Clemson unis! (From @ACC_Tracker.) … Here are Louisiana Tech’s new uniform combos. … Here’s a list of the greatest college football players as broken down by uni number (thanks, Brinke).
Olympics News: Here are some pics of the USA field hockey team’s uniforms. “There were three jerseys made — red, blue, and white,” says the team’s official photographer, Mark Palczewski, who took those shots. “Olympic rules state that only two different uniforms can be worn, so the team decided to wear the red and the blue during the Olympics.” … Here’s an infographic with 17 fun facts about gold medals.
Hockey News: Concussion discussion: Despite overwhelming evidence, NHL commish Gary Bettman says there’s no link between concussions and chronic brain disease. Uh, sure. … Looks like the Blues will be wearing their 50th-anniversary patch on the shoulder.
NBA News: Last month I did an ESPN piece on Robert Grove, the designer who created the Cincinnati Royals logo that was recently revived and updated by the Sacramento Kings. Here’s an article about him from a Cincinnati website (from Mike Dyer).
College Hoops News: Wake Forest will be playing some games in the Bahamas next month, and has new uniforms for the occasion (from Will Lawson).
Grab Bag: Color-coded breakdowns of media credentials are always fun. Here’s one for the Democratic National Convention (from John Chapman). … Here’s a bracket-style setup to choose the best sports uniform in Arizona. … Jail workers in Australia have been told to stop wearing their uniforms outside of work to avoid provoking angry community members. … 7-Eleven is suing two grocery shops in Brooklyn for using names, logos, and colors similar to the convenience chain’s branding. … “UW-Madison hosts one of the largest college cross country meets, which was formerly called the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational,” writes Ryan, who didn’t give his last name. “This year the name appears to have been changed to the even more atrocious ‘Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour.’ Why they can’t just call it the Wisconsin Invitational is beyond me.” What he said. … New package design for Diamine fountain pen inks. “Diamine sells ink generally at the lower end of the fountain pen market, and it’s rare to see an ink maker improving its aesthetics except at the high end of luxury brands,” says R. Scott Rogers (who, if anyone had asked me to guess, I would have singled out as the Uni Watch reader most likely to use a fountain pen). “But it’s nice to see, since Diamine makes generally excellent inks with an unmatched variety of colors — and the old bottle and label design barely identified the color of ink in the bottle.” … New logo for Oklahoma City’s upcoming streetcar system.