The Tuesday Show Prep

posted by Steve Bortstein -

I suppose there are going to be some out there who will applaud the decision of Major League Baseball to eliminate the Chief Wahoo logo from Cleveland Indians uniforms, but leave it to MLB to screw this up as well. 

The change won’t go into effect until 2019, so I would encourage any and all who don’t feel compelled to play the PC card, to go buy as much offensive gear now, just to raise a stir.

And just in case you were worried that it would be almost impossible to find team gear containing a logo so divisive, so blatantly racist and so demeaning, never fear.... you'll be able to find all the highly offensive gear right now at the Cleveland Indians team store at MLBshop.com.

I understand, times are changing, social statuses are shifting. 

But our history is being altered, right before our very eyes.

And for what? So we can eliminate the risk of possibly offending people who are so clearly split on this issue to begin with. 

And of course, the news regarding the decision to eliminate the Chief Wahoo logo will inevitably restart the debate on the logo and the name of the Washington Redskins. 

Of course the timing is perfect, just now in the early stages of campaign season for the 2018 midterm elections and the soon-to-be partisan-like nonsense that comes up every single time this topic is thrown onto a smoldering pile of embers. 

If you disapprove of the Redskins logo, then you're not a racist or a bigot of any kind, even though you might still be, but you automatically receive brownie points for taking a populist stand and playing nice with the progressives.

If you approve of the logo, you're a bigot who neither understands nor sympathizes with generations of intolerance and hatred inflicted upon these people. You are unfit to be in a position of any power whatsoever, simply because you'd like to not tell people how to express themselves. 

Your outrage is going to be fueled -- not by rational thought -- but by politicians and wanna-be politicians who are no more interested in a logo of a baseball team but simply to make sure they let you know where they stand in the name of political correctness.    

All in the name of something so demonstrably inconsequential as to how a businessman chooses to promote and market his business.

I'm not a Cleveland Indians fan, but I actually may go out and buy Chief Wahoo gear, before it becomes even more a source of hate and discontent. 

Our history isn't always pretty. It's not supposed to be. 

I'm OK with that.

Tom Brady's current spat with a Boston sports talk radio station has a number of interesting elements to it.

It seems that WEEI's Alex Reimer called Brady's daughter, Vivian, an "annoying little pissant." Reimer's remarks came on WEEI's airwaves last week while he was discussing Vivian's appearance in Brady's documentary series, "Tom vs. Time."

Earlier this week, Brady, making his regularly scheduled appearance on a different show, expressed his feelings on Reimer's comments and explained he would be re-evaluating future appearances.

"I've tried to come on this show for many years and have showed you guys a lot of respect. I've always tried to come on and do a good job for you guys, so it's very disappointing when you hear that, certainly. But my daughter or any child, they certainly don't deserve that.
"I'll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again, so I really don't have much to say this morning. So, maybe I'll speak with you guys some other time."

Let's start with the obvious... Kids, particularly a 5-year-old, are off limits in terms of public shaming or derogatory remarks. 

This is a no-brainer that deserves no further explanation nor debate. If you feel otherwise, you're wrong. Simple as that.

But I will say that in spite of the obviousness of the comments in the prior sentence, Brady did put his entire family on display. He opted to potentially make both himself and his family the source of derision as well as praise. He volunteered to put this shiny new veneer on his personal life. 

Not everyone out there thinks Brady's life is some untouchable, holier-than-thou existence that it can't be mocked or ridiculed from time to time.

For the record, Entercom, the company that owns and operates WEEI, has suspended Reimer for his disparaging comments, releasing a statement distancing themselves from Reimer's words.

Let's hope (if you're an Eagles fan) that this issue will go away. 

As both Tennessee and Jacksonville can attest, the last thing you need to do is try and create a wedge within the Patriots organization. They rally around each other better than you imagine. 

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