I certainly understand the changing of the name, but I think The Guardians is a terrible name for a pro sports team.
Frankly, I don’t understand changing the name. To me, Indians isn’t offensive in the way that Redskins might have been. I see it as honoring a group of people. Ben Shapiro said yesterday that if they named a sports team “The New York Jews”, he’d be so excited, he’d buy up all the gear. People may cry “cultural appropriation”, but what is so wrong with that? Kids can’t play Cowboys and Indians and you can’t wear a sombrero anymore unless you are Hispanic. I decree that only white suburban middle class women be allowed to wear skinny jeans. It’s gotten to the point of ridiculousness.
I just think that there are people that need to either feel morally superior, or have something that brings meaning to their lives, so they virtue signal and get easily offended over just about anything. I wonder how long Notre Dame will have “The Fighting Irish” as their mascot? Probably quite a bit longer, since that mascot is Caucasian.
That being said, Guardians is a horrible name. I like The Rockers though.
I really like having strong local connections to team nicknames. To me, it helps keep some semblance of regionalism, which I think is sorely lacking in our era. Imagine a century ago when microcultures meant even communities tended to have pretty unique identities. Now, we all watch the same streaming services, know the same LA- and NY-based celebrities, hear the same music, eat the same brands of foods shipped in from all over the world.
Even little things like locally appropriate nicknames can help retain individuality--at least a little bit. If Guardians has that kind of appeal to Clevelanders, great. (Ditto Spiders, for that matter.)
Unfortunately, I think cable, satellite TV, and the internet have rendered "root, root root for the home team" antiquated.
Example, I have a friend whose a lifelong Baltimorean who roots for the Indy Colts.
Not to mention, the generations of fans the Orioles have lost by being mostly terrible over the last 35+ years.
I think MLB is overall pretty bad at selling its brand, but this game at the site from the movie Field of Dreams actually sounds pretty cool. Unfortunately, it's apparently not the actual field from the movie, but on the same site.
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT