no one cares about the padres. The only time they went to the series, and lost, they got a stadium out of the deal. If we wanna call em losers by the bay we will
Are you suggesting priests have been complaining about having a team called the Padres? Are you suggesting that “Padre” is a derogatory name for a priest? If not, your analogy is weak.
How about the “Fighting Irish”.
This is a false and childish analogy which pretends that racism doesn’t exist. The artist would probably consider it OK to call a team “The Squaws” but it would be offensive to call a team “The Whores” because, after all, some of “those women” are not minorities. I mean, heck, we were just trying to honor Indian woman and some of those darn Indians just can’t take a joke. Give us all a break, Mr. Breen. Let’s all just be happy that we don’t have to hear a racist term identifying a football team from now on. Now, if Major League Baseball would only get a clue—or better yet, if the sponsors of Major League Baseball would only get a clue. . .
What is the SD on his chest signify?
Will they start naming teams after figures like say, the Washington Red Triangles? Chicago Squares? Cincinnati Curly Cues? That shouldn’t offend anyone right? :-/
The padres of the California missions did contribute to the eradication of native americans. The natives were forced to provide labor for the missions. If they ran away, they would be hunted down and returned. The missions, by the way, had to have commercial value, so the natives were used to create goods that could be sold. Rebellions were ruthlessly suppressed. (Military installations were not far from the missions).
The Native Americans suffered at the hands of Mission priests, we got it, let’s not trivialize the abuse by naming sports teams after either the oppressed or the oppressors.
But who’s going to speak for the Saints? Most of them died HORRIBLY…
Up a tree.. and odd name, up a creek would be better but still not something you could fit on a helmet
There aren’t many pro sports team names that one can’t find something offensive about them. It may not be much of an offense and it may not offend but a few – but that’s plenty in today’s cancel culture to get action.
Some people must get out of bed in the morning with a daily mission to find things that are offensive to them and go through life with what they erroneously believe is righteous anger. There’s a psychological diagnosis for these folks: A-holeism.
Actually, one of the few teams in no danger of losing their “name” would be the New Orleans Saints – they are already named after a totally implausible “entity”. Rather like being called the New Orleans Easter Bunnies.
I’m surprised that Fat Donny hasn’t issued an executive order against the change and hasn’t sent in Federal officers to enforce it.
One of the local school teams was the Boxers, with an appropriate logo. When a parent complained that was too “fierce” a name the principal suggested the team be renamed the Briefs. End of discussion. But seriously, who names a sports team something wishy-washy? “Go get ’em, mouse!”
It seems to me the cartoonist is making the simple point that it’s a slippery slope when you decide to ban sports team names based on the latest fashionable twist in political correctness of the day. This week a columnist in The Wall Street Journal had a short piece that shows just how silly this exercise in walking on eggshells of political correctness can end up being. It all devolves quickly into parody. See …
… for some good insights on how renaming stuff forces us to ask, where does it all end if we allow it to continue unchecked?
I think he is saying San Diego football players may have to get weird haircuts. :)
In San Francisco (and elsewhere), the legacy of the Mission system is definitely being re-evaluated, and statues (such as of Junipero Serra) have been targeted. I haven’t heard of any push to change the name of the Padres, though (perhaps such sentiment exists, but I’m unaware of it). If they want to take Serra’s name off the street I’d have no objection, but then I don’t live on that street. (The street I DO live on is named after an explorer whose reputation is far from spotless, but he’s not so infamous that I knew about him without checking Wikipedia.)
Wow! Looks like this cartoon has opened up some discussion – & hopefully, a good robust debate. I honestly don’t know how I feel about this team name, but I know how I feel about the change in Wash. D.C. name (in favor.)
Chiefs , Braves, Indians, Yankees, Vikings, Raiders, Pirates, 49ers, Patriots, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Saints would tic off somebody, heck didn’t even get to Collage or Minor League Mascots.
The Padres are just branching out their desires to bring others into the fold.
It’s only a matter of time for the Oregon Beavers.