Saturday, August 06, 2005


Here are just a couple of things to look out for.

The Lions won't sign former New England cornerback Ty Law. My NFL sources are telling me he had a mediocre workout with the Lions a couple of weeks ago. It was not terrible. It just was not worth cutting a couple defensive players to sign him to a big contract.

** Look for wide receiver Charles Rogers to remain healthy and become the Lions best receiver this season. We remember the two injuries that have limited his career to a hand full of games and forget his ability. Rogers does more than catch passes. He has worked on going after the ball more and fighting off defensive backs.

** It would not surprise me if Tigers catcher Pudge Rodriguez asks for a trade during the off season because he is not happy with the direction Tigers President Dave Dombrowski took in trading Kyle Farnsworth.

** The NCAA took a bold stand in banning Indiana mascots and nicknames during post season tournaments. I have no problem with the ban because I sure don't want to see the West Carolina Negroes with a black face mascot roving the sidelines.
But what do you do with a school like Central Michigan University, which enjoys a close relationship with the Saginaw Chippewas tribe? The Chippewas tribe wants the school to keep the nickname because it stimulates economic growth for both the school and the tribe.

** I am hosting a round table today at the Wild Buffalo Wings in Westland today with former Detroit Lions. I will be joined around 1 p.m. by Lomas Brown, Eddie Murray and Chris Spielman. I want to talk about the success of their teams and of course the heart breaks and compare them to this young and upcoming Lions team. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and ESPN anayst Merrill Hoge will also join the discussion.
I will also be part of a media panel talk, which is hosted by AM 1270 The Sports Station.

** So who ends up becoming the Red Wings goalie? Don't be surprised if Chicago Blackhawks goalie Jocelyn Thibault comes here after the club signed my personal and long shot choice of
Nikolai Khabibulin. I hear rumblings of a Chris Osgood return also.

** It is good to see the NHL returning. I always hated leaving Joe Louis Arena late after a game in the winter. That winter wind used to smack you in the face as you wobbled through the ice and snow to the car. But that will feel pretty good next season.


Blogger Kent Herriman said...

Banning Indian names?! That's a disgrace. There is nothing wrong with having an Indian mascot and schools should not have to feel bad about that. Terrible precident set by the NCAA.

4:43 PM

Blogger RogerJab said...

Central Michigan should be called the "CMU Slotwhores" if the relationship is so close with the tribe up there. Terry, what can you do about gettin' those guys to deal a decent blackjack game up there?

5:23 PM

Blogger billionaire said...

Clerical Issue
Terry explain this to me the EX_mayors campaign staff seems to want to blame his youthfulness for his missteps. Since when has being 35 years old been considered being young

Kent I have to disagree. The Indian population considers it a racist and harmful term then we should respect that. That is the equivolent of someone calling themselves the Michigan Holocaust or the Michigan N words (I am brother and I hate that term with a passion) or the Michigan Wetbacks or the Michigan Slaves. Let;s not forget this land is not really ours in the first place

8:17 PM

Blogger Kent Herriman said...

Billionaire, it isn't the Indians who have a problem with it, it's other people who feel that they should speak for them. The NCAA is not made up of Indians but they are the ones who passed this down. The native Chippewa tribe here in Michigan loves CMU, same with the Seminole tribe in Florida, just to name a few. These schools are named after tribes not racial slurs so that argument doesn't hold up. Also under your logic White people should be angered at the New England Patriots for making them seem like rebels. Oh, wait they were, just as the Indians were warriors, nothing is being shown that wasn't real, it's a rediculous double standard and I'm sick of it!

11:45 PM

Blogger Kent Herriman said...

One more thing, this land is my land and I'm not going to let anyone tell me otherwise. Are you telling me I should have to go live in Spain, or that you should have to go live in Africa cause this isn't our land? Bullshit! I was born here and I've never known another land as my own this is my land and anyone who says different can go to hell.

11:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess we should cheer the Michigan Tech crackers?

Or Wisconsin Whities?

BUT,if everyone wants to be so politiaclly correct, There weren't any Spartans in Michigan (or in the whole country), and there aren't any wolverines in Michigan/Ann Arbor, either.

12:03 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Finally, finally, finally the NCAA has done something that should have been done along time ago. I always find it funny when people talk about how America as the beacon of hope for other democracies to aspire to. Yet many of our institutions of higher learning are mocking Native Americans by carrying on a damaging tradition of keeping tribal mascots and team names.

There is a long history of these tribes being poorly represented and negatively stereotyped. While they have worked to clean that aspect up, the negative history surrounding it is shameful.

What sickens me is the ignorant people that hide behind such things as, “it’s a tribute to Native Americans” or, “they don’t care”, or how tired they are of all the political correctness. These are typical bullshit responses filled with ignorance. I have yet to see a survey of “all” Chippewa’s or Seminoles who say they have no problem with it. This is an individual issue and if one person is offended by it, it's a problem. Particularly for a nation that claims to be one that is the beacon of hope for human rights.

Perhaps those that feel they are speaking for the Native Americans, “like the NCAA” in thinking “they” have no problem with it should do some reading. Here is a link for you.

1:22 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...


I didn't realize the Patriots were either a race of people, or a tribe.

I think the appropriate comparison to Patriots would be a team called the Warriors.

I find your representation to have no comparison. Furthurmore, has there ever been a depiction of a Patriot as a drunken white man with exaggerated features? I don't think so.

1:28 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Now the NFL needs to wake up and get rid of the Redskins name.

1:29 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

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1:48 AM

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Blogger T Foster said...

It is not the school's fault that you have bad luck at the tables. And you cannot fault a school for a working relationship that brings it money; not with costs out of control now.

6:58 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

I agree with you. If native americans endorsed the mascots I would be in agreement. That fact that most dont like it, then I will respect their wishes. I know someone is going to bring up Notre Dame and the fighting Irish. If Irish people rose up and were pissed I would be right along with them.

7:00 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

Yeah the mayor and I am young stuff is growing tired. He was not too young when he asked you to vote for him the first time. Kwame Kilpatrick is smart. He just wants to enjoy himself too much.

7:01 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

You are wrong. Most tribes disagree with the usage of Warriors and Indians. Can you honestly find one native american who likes the Cleveland Indian Mascot. It makes native americans look like fools. It would be like putting a black man on a cap with a real black face, red lips and wide eyes. It is a disgrace.

7:02 AM

Blogger RogerJab said...

Terry, I never said I had bad luck at the tables, au contraire, it's just the rules have become progressively worse.

OK then how about getting me into one of the many thousand keggers they have after the games? Better yet couldn't they be named the "CMU Mad Dog 20/20's"?

Seriously though, KH's stand is insane, you mean to tell me you'd have no problem with taking a stereotypically racial version of a black guy and calling them the "Fighting Negroes"? Oh wait, Notre Dame already did that. The hipocrasy on this issue is thick.

Pate did a good show on this yesterday afternoon. My final rambling point is how in the world do Spindler, Beligian and yes even that clown you work with have daily shows, and Pate is relegated to the weekends? No offense to you T. I think you have real talent, but if you aren't a good ol' boy on the airwaves you're nowhwhere on sports talk radio in this town.

9:13 AM

Blogger billionaire said...

Clerical Issue

It bothers me that poltical correctness has made it okay to lie. The media is quick to put someone on blast for not being political correct. Prime example is Ebonics in schools. I know for a fact that it is BS to have this taught in K thru 12. Universities and The real world will never tolerate it unless (Your In some Hip Hop Entity ) yet folks are not critical of it and are even trying to endorse it. If someone who is not of Color and Popular calls it for what it is will get crucified. I do recognize that there somethings to be PC on but it has gotten way out of hand.

Kent my fellow sports fan. This land is really not our land. I know alot of us were born here or migrated here but the true people of this land are Indians. FYI I would have the same attitude if there was the Michigan H' or Wboys especially if a good majority of White folks had an issue with it. Don;t let the CMU situation fool you most indians don;t like those names. I read an article where Redskin in an Indian eyes is the equivolent of calling anybody from Asia Oriental.

Terry how was that round table. I hope it was not the usual boring questions. How does the old lions compare to the new.

9:16 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

One point of clarification on my reference to Warriors as a comparison to Patriots.

To me Warriors can be of any race, through out history, you have had the Trojan Warriors, Mandingo Warriors, The Vikings, Apache Warriors, the list goes on and on. However, not all Vikings were Warriors and surprisingly, I can't find any images or depictions of the Vikings in a negative sense.

My point is how warriors are depicted and whether it becomes a stereotype. Clearly, when you reference things like, "Indians were warriors." You have bought into a stereotype.

9:26 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

here is what i dont understand. if a group does not want to be called something why is it political correctness. finally people who had no power and no say have a say. and they are saying we dont like the way you depict us.
what if it were ok to call white people bitches because they had no power.
and we had the detroit bitches. well what if white people got a little power and said stop calling us bitches. and then blacks and everybody else said you are being too sensitive?
i dont know why we insist on calling people things they dont wnat to be called.
Put yourself in the other person's shoes for once.

10:22 AM

Blogger Kent Herriman said...

I can definately see the offensiveness with names like Redskins and the Chief Wahoo mascot. But I guess what I fail to see is what is offensive about Warriors or teams named after a tribe. How can your own name offend you, I don't understand that. And Fighting Irish is not offensive because it makes them seem tough, maybe if it were Drinking Irish it would be. But CMU doesn't even have a mascot, their logo is just a C and they are just the Chippewa, no fighting or anything so I don't see why they should be on the NCAA's list.

12:44 PM

Blogger billionaire said...

Kent I understand what your saying however keep this in mind the Indians have been fighting this for a very long time. Based on what your saying ALTHOUGH NOT on the same magnitude for someone to tell me to forget about slavery. It happened back in the day It does not matter. The majority of the Indian race have said their issue respect it and don't come down authoritativly by saying you don;t see what's the harm.

1:15 PM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...


I guess the best way I could put it is that the University has chosen a name and or mascot that represents a group of people. That in itself is a problem for me. It would be like Harvard taking the team name the Harvard African Americans, or the Harvard Sicilians. First, it makes no sense. But secondly and more importantly, this representation is not endorsed or condoned by those people. Even worse, the universities by in large have very little representation from those communities, yet they guide how those teams and or mascots represent a body of people.

Lastly, this to me is ultra stereotypical, the tomahawk chop, Indians in full dress (that sometimes are not even Indians),and the warrior or aggressive mentality, all these things continue to perpetuate a stereotype of how people envision a Chippewa or a Seminole, etc. Like many other people of color, I think such depictions paint such a narrow picture that conversely, when people envision a doctor, or a lawyer, or an astronaut, they see something different than what they see when they think of a warrior.

1:22 PM


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