[Editor’s Note: Paul is on vacation and will return to the site on March 9. Today’s content is by assistant editor Alex Hider.]
By Alex Hider
Nike announced yesterday that it will begin selling Muslim headscarves for female athletes. The “Pro Hijab” will reportedly be made of light, stretchy polyester. Tiny holes in the fabric will keep it breathable, but prevent the hijab from being see-through: An Islamic requirement.
It’s apparently a product in demand for female Muslim athletes. There are similar products already on the market, but Zahra Lari, the figure skater in the above image, said yesterday that it’s hard for her to find a lightweight hijab for athletic wear.
Considering the timing of this announcement (Nike has apparently been designing this for a year, and it won’t go on sale until next spring) and today’s political environment (President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority nations not 24 hours before Nike unveiled their hijab), it’s reasonable to think that Nike is trying to make a political statement. Personally, I think it’s great they’re sticking their necks out for Muslim women and girls.
But I can’t help but feel queasy when I see that swoosh.
Muslim women wear a hijab in the name of modesty. But it feels to me that the second Nike added its logo, it instantly turned the hijab into a status symbol. They have just found a way to turn a religious garment into a designer accessory.
Then again, I don’t practice Islam, nor am I religious scholar. Are there any Muslim readers out there that could offer some perspective?
But wait, there’s more religious headwear!
Israel is already the talk of the World Baseball Classic, having scored two major upsets in their first two games. In addition to sporting perhaps the snazziest cap design in the tournament, the team has also taken to donning yarmulkes during the country’s national anthem.
Will Shoken notes that Team Israel yarmulkes were being sold on MLB.com (they’ve since been removed from the store). However, the team has been wearing a different design on the field.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an athlete wear a kippah on a major athletic stage. Northwestern and Tulane basketball player Aaron Liberman may have been the last one ”” am I missing anyone?
Israel team members have also taken to wearing these awesome “Jew Crew” shirts, which borrow from the Brewers’ classic Barrel Man logo. And as Shark Tank fans will recognize, the “Mensch on a Bench” is the team’s mascot.
It’s no wonder why this team is playing so well.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: S000, did China pitcher Bruce Chen forget his cleats, or what? … A pitcher for Mexico took the mound yesterday against the Padres with no name or number (from Brian Mazmanian). … Yadier Molina has some wild gray hair (from Mike). … Reggie Jackson was spotted wearing a 2009 Yankees cap at Spring Training yesterday. Note the new Yankee Stradium Inaugural Season patch (from Mike Hazekamp). … Mono color-on-color happens a lot during Spring Training, but it’s mostly red-on-red or blue-on-blue. It’s not often we see green-on-green (from Harry F. Higgins). … Speak of the devil, the Nats and Red Sox went red-on-red yesterday (from Garet). … A Phillies beat writer came across this strange Ryan Howard jersey yesterday (from Frank McGuigan). … Got $2,000 lying around? You could be the proud owner of this 1983 Mariners Camaro. … The Asheville Tourists will wear “Beer City” jerseys on June 1 (from Doug Maurer). … Texas Tech wore some slick throwbacks last night.
Football News: Check out this football card of former Vikings tight end Joe Senser. It seems he didn’t quite fit in his helmet, so the equipment manager taped two jaw pads together (from Bill Kellick). … The University of North Carolina is replacing its natural grass field with synthetic turf. It will also be wearing Jordan uniforms next season (from Dan Burke). … They always say you play as well as you look (from Lucas Stoller). … No arguments with the top spot in this MAC uni power ranking. #SUAC (from James H. Jimenez).
Basketball News: Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics appeared to be wearing an old jersey on Monday. Note the NBA logo on the left shoulder (from David Gregory Upton). … We already knew that the Nets would be wearing an ugly-ass Infor logo on its jerseys next season. But according to Will Lawson, the company logo is currently stamped on aisle seats in the Barclays Center. … This New York Times piece about the resurgence of college basketball in New York has some great shots of City College playing at the old Madison Square Garden (from Tommy).
Grab Bag: Hockey player Joe Thornton recorded his 1,000th assist, and the San Jose Sharks made a graphic playing off the NHL’s 100th anniversary logo (from Tyler Johnson). … This women’s ice hockey team in India has some wild unis (from Mezz). … Minnesota United FC played an exhibition game in the rain on Monday, and their gray NOBs couldn’t quite stand up to a wet jersey (from John Gurnick). … Here’s one you don’t see every day IQOB (Inspirational Quote On Back). … Australian rules football player Darcy Vescio is currently leading the AFL Women’s League in goals. She’s also a graphic designer that makes well-known food items into costumes (from David Dyte). … Cool move by DIII Ripon College, who inked a contract with a local company, Ripon Athletics, to supply all of its athletic uniforms (from Wolfie Browender).