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Sunday, February 3, 2013
What's in a Team's Nickname
NBA has always been my first choice of sports leisure distraction,
Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers easily occupy my fancy. Made me
ponder, most Boston players are African-Americans but they are called
Celtics. The Celts (or Kelts) were an ethno-linguistic group of tribal societies in Iron Age and Medieval Europe--distributed mostly via the Gaels (Irish, Scottish and Manx) and the Brythonic Celts (Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons). I mean, Caucasians/Whites.
am over-reading it, I know...
sports nickname that infuriates some (or most) of my Native American
kin and friends is the Redskins, or NFL's Washington Redskins. Yes,
“redskin” is a slang that refers to the indigenous peoples of the
Americas (ie whites, blacks etc). The strongest argument though
centers around alleged atrocities of Penobscot Indians by European
settlers in mid-1700s. American Indian groups posit the the term
redskin was coined in response to a 1755 Proclamation which
institutionalized genocide of the Penobscots. Heavy, isn't it? In
fact, “redskin” doesn't end there.
former NYC roomie, Neil Yang (yes, that's his name), claimed to be a
Redskin, not a Cherokee or Navajo (he's ethnic Taiwanese by way of
Ontario, Canada)--but a socialist
or Communist skinhead (also called redskin).
to the NBA. Next season, the New Orleans
Hornets will be called New Orleans Pelicans, which their owners
say, is more appropriate. I just hope that sportscasters cut the
alias to a shortened Lycans, which is also kinda apt, I think—NOLA,
being the setting of many supernatural/underworld novels and movies
(notably Anne Rice's vampire books and Charlaine Harris' "The Southern Vampire Mysteries"--basis for the popular HBO series, "True Blood"--which is set in Louisiana). Lycan
is an alternative name for werewolf.
In the the Underworld film series, Lycans are biologically immortal transgenics--with greatly enhanced physical attributes.
Anyhow, whatever, right?
wonder why my home city's sports (baseball) team is called Asheville
Tourists... Tourists are outsiders, not homeys. I mean, why wouldn't
all sports-crazy cities adapt names that somehow connect to local
culture (or subculture)? I mean, Asheville should be called Asheville
Beerguzzlers, for example—being the beer capital of the US.
since some teams make no fuss with naming their teams
narcissistic/holier-than-thou (or badder-than-thou) names like (New
Orleans) Saints and (LA/Anaheim) Angels or (New Jersey) Devils... Why
not call teams via unlikely—but admittedly cool/awesome tags to
young, fiery youths... like say, Las Vegas Sinners, Unknown City
Motherfuckers, Pandora Bitches, Krypton Assholes etc etc.