Politics and sports don’t mix

The latest hub-bub over the Washington Redskins logo once again proved conclusively that politics and sports do not mix.

The recent decision by the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office to remove the Redskins logo from trademark protection is yet another example of bureaucratic meddling.

The logo used by the National Football team has been deemed to be “racially offensive” and that was enough for the action.

Never mind that recent polls found that a large percentage of Native Americans in this country have no trouble with the Redskins logo used by the Washington team.

It’s been decided the issue is a political football and that it must be trotted out once again for the “politically correct” crowd to digest.

Now, the question of misuse of Native American symbols in sports isn’t a new one.

When it first popped up in the 1990s, it caused Marquette and Stanford universities – among others – to change their nicknames and logos.

I never could figure out what was offensive about the Marquette Warriors, certainly a name that could be used to describe any number of nationalities.

The Stanford Indians name might have offended a small number of people, although the name had been used for a century or better by many schools.

At least, the powers that be at Marquette changed their nickname to Golden Eagles.

Stanford simply went to went calling its teams the Cardinal and instituted a tree (no kidding) as one of its mascots, perhaps to appease the tree-huggers out there.

And look at the mess caused at the University of North Dakota when the stage legislature decided it was no longer in vogue to use the Fighting Sioux logo.

That action, despite not being supported by Indian tribes in the state, led to removal of the logos on all UND uniforms.

Should the Redskins, and there is good reason to believe they will oppose the sanction, have to take the logo off their uniforms, there almost certainly be future action against pro teams.

The Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves will certainly have to be on the list for change.

Cleveland has long had a ridiculous-looking cartoon Indian character on its uniform.

Atlanta’s is more dignified but not enough to keep the PC (politically correct) crowd from descending.

Ditto for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

Aren’t there enough major problems (Iraq, health care, unemployment, etc.) to keep the Washington bureaucrats busy without wasting time and money on this issue?

It’s probably fortunate that former high schools in the Upper Peninsula (the Nahma Arrows, White Pine Warriors and Michigamme Blackhawks, etc.) are no longer in existence.

Otherwise, they might be pressured by the PC crowd to change their nicknames.