Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Redskins and Indians will eventually have to change the names; Push to get Landis name off MVP Award by players; plus more

mlb image: The American League Kenesaw Mountain Landis Award, some players have requested that the Landis name be removed from the award because Landis refused to integrate MLB

Daniel on Headlines pod:

1 What’s in a name? Redskins and Indians feeling pressure to rebrand themselves

2 Past MLB MVPs would like to see Kenesaw Mountain Landis’s name removed from the award

3 Dodgers pitcher David Price won’t play this season because of coronavirus; he’s not alone

4 Covid-19 issues in the NBA, Heat and Clippers shut down practice facility, Lakers and Pelicans assistants skipping NBA restart

5 RIP Gay Culverhouse, advocate for retired NFL players dealing with CTE

6 Multiple players on the St Louis Blues have tested positive for Coronavirus and practice on Friday was canceled. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the Blues had taken all the safety steps necessary.

Daniel Dullum does Headlines Sports podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Len Shapiro: Oilers McDavid and Draisaitl at morning skate as Edmonton prepares to host Stanley Cup Playoffs

@EdmontonOilers photo: The Oilers tweeted out a message “It’s happening everybody stay calm” and  “McDavid, Draisaitl, Nurse & Kassian are all back in town.”

On the Headlines pod with Len:

#1 How crucial of a decision was it for the NHL to decide to play all of it’s post season games including the Stanley Cup Finals in both Canadian cities of Edmonton and Toronto?

#2 Edmonton and Toronto has done such a great job with flattening the curve while the US leads the world in Coronavirus it made the choice easy for the NHL.

#3 Vancouver was a city that was in the running for being a hub city but the political concerns amongst Vancouver’s political leaders thought the better of it as Vancouver has kept the Corona flat lined and wanted to keep it that way.

#4 Len talk about the best of five series and round robin games in the two Canadian hubs

#5 To add extra excitement for this NHL post season the Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will be a couple of hometown favorites in the playoffs. Both were at Friday’s morning skate to add to the excitement of the return of hockey.

Len Shapiro was the former media relations manager for the NHL’s first Bay Area team the now defunct California Golden Seals and does Headlines podcasting every other Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Sports Teams What’s in a Name?

wikipedia.com image: Who is offended by the Seattle Mariners name? Fans whose been following the team for 43 years and still haven’t won a World Series

Sports Teams: What’s in a Name?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

A friend of mine that lives in Seattle tells me: “I am not a sailor but if I were one, I would be offended of the Seattle team name Mariners,because they have never won a World Series in 43 years of their existence…they would be associated with a loosing sailor, and I am not a looser”.

This man is a happy-go-lucky type of man an honest man,that takes life in stride, yet he makes a point that he could be also offended by the name Mariners if he was a sailor! Sound funny and some might say ‘a stretch’but it is not an illogical statement. The Mariners are not going to change their name and that is the least of the problems for this last place team.

So here we go. As a minority myself I understand why some teams want to change their names/logos. I get it. In Cleveland, the name Indians will be changed. John Adams was a Founding Father and the second president of the United States. John Adams is also the name of the drummer that is a super fan of the Cleveland team, famous for beating the drums in the bleachers in support of the home team.

He will probably not be allowed to do that anymore. On a video Mr.Adams says: “I bought this drum for $25 dollars and on August 24, 1974 I started. I have missed 45 games in 45 years, with the same drums…If we have a guy in scoring position, that be second or thrid, then I start …(and he added) “I feel blessed I get to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world I would never have dreamed something like this would come from baseball.”

A colorful character, like so many that enjoys the game of baseball and found a unique way to show it.He is loved by the fans in Cleveland. Baseball needs all the help they can get, but this man will not be playing his drum anymore at the ballpark, he did it with no malice, he enjoyed and the fans also enjoyed it for years.

Are we going to accuse him of being a racist as well as all the Cleveland fans? Of course not. Major League parks are in need of colorful fans, in Latin America there are more characters and color among fans rooting for their teams. I am sure Mr.Adams will be missed at Progressive Field.

In 2009 while traveling to the east coast I visited the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington,D.C , in my family I have somebody that has Potawatomi blood. A tribe originally from the midwest,who were not warriors but business people, fur traders, to be exact. I learned a lot about this tribe and understand very much the plight of the Native-American, the truly originals inhabitants of this country.

Their land was taken, their treaties with the US government were repeatedly violated. Today most tribes are organized and get much respect from the government, they have their own leaders and lobbyist in Washington to defend their affairs. Still their history is a sad one.

Washington Redskins. This is not the first time the controversy has arrived, but this time because of the current situation in the country it looks, this time it will happen. The Redskins logo was introduced in 1972 and proposed by Walter Wetzel,a former Blackfeet tribal chairman and once a President of the National Congress of American Indians, and was modeled after the likeness on the Buffalo nickel.

In 2014 Mr.Wetzel said “Don’t call the Redskins logo offensive”. And there have been polls conducted . As late as August 2019 a Washington Post poll found that 9 of 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name. Ironically, and for political pressure reasons the name might be changed regardless. And it goes ever further,many Native-Americans are proud that name is on an NFL franchise.

At the end the Cleveland and Washington teams, do not set policy,domestic or foreign, they represent two teams of two of the top four professional sports leagues in our country. No more,no less.

In today’s culture we could always find something that will offend us. A lot of people do not like the scales when they visit the doctor, they might discover that weight-scale are also offensive, because they cannot believe they weight that much! I personally think parking meters are offensive, but I have to put money all the time or get a ticket,it is the law. One of the many reasons we have survived as the longest running Democracy in the world is because we are a country of laws.

I am sure by the time you read this, we might already have heard of other teams, getting pressure to change their names.

Stay well and stay tuned.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish play by play announcer 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Giants Samardzija says owners interested in money more than safety; Sierra Club says environmental issues should stop A’s downtown stadium build

mercurynews.com file photo: San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija winds up and has spoken out about the owners making it more about the money than the players safety

Headline Sports podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is just about had enough of the MLB owners saying they’ll do anything to make a buck at the cost of the safety of the players.

#2 How bad is the look for the owners for their pushing 60 games on the players and the players are contractually obligated to play the games with great risk?

#3 The Oakland A’s team president David Kaval was upset over a letter drafted by the Sierra Club stating that environmental issues including parking, congestion, the railway system that surrounds Howard Terminal, no transportation to the park and other sticking issues to try and stop the A’s from trying to build.

#4 The A’s have reportedly are seeking to find a new radio station that would pick up their games for the 2020 season as they were originally going to stream all their games on Tune Ins but have been looking for a flagship to broadcast their games. The general manager of the A’s flagship station from 2019 860 KTRB has approached the A’s about returning. The A’s left because of KTRB’s right wing broadcast format.

#5 The Washington Redskins are under a ton of pressure to end their mascot name and after all the racial discussions in the country the heat has been turned up on Washington to dump the racist name can it really be true?

Jeremiah Salmonson does Headline Sports every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Charlie O: Will Bagley’s return put a shot in Sacramento’s arm?

On Headline Sports podcast with Charlie O:

#1 How important is it to have forward Marvin Bagley III to return, after playing 13 games with the Kings before he went out on an injury can Bagley live up to the expectation and be a help for Sacramento in the last eight games of the regular season?

#2 Bagley is noted as being one of the key players on the Kings roster does he need to step up his game and how grateful should he be to return after four months of a general shutdown due to the pandemic?

#3 With Bagley back will head coach Luke Walton have to do some line up scrambling, he does have Richaun Holmes, Nemanja Bjelica, Harry Giles III and Alex Len.

#4 This season the Kings were a team in transition and they can clean the glass and Charlie talk about the Kings half court defense which has been blamed for some loses and falls.

#5 Charlie talk about the Kings and the NBA’s chances to really get this thing off the ground and getting this season finished with the US having a king size spike?

Charlie O does Headline Sports every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Matt Harrington: Edmonton and Toronto gets the Stanley Cup Playoffs; All Canadian post season a great idea

Scotiabank Arena the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been named as one of the two Canadian cities to host the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (sports.yahoo.com file photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Matt:

#1 Matt the NHL is considering playing the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Canada away from a spiking US Coronavirus epidemic.

#2 Ten cities in the NHL were vying for a shot at being the hub to host the playoffs but the league after the last two weeks of Covid-19 spiking in the US places like  Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Pittsburgh are losing ground as Canada is looking more viable for hosting post season.

#3 After Vancouver dropped out due to political recommendations to avoid Covid-19 inflating, Edmonton and Toronto are leading favorites to host the games.

#4 With Alberta’s success in maintaining social distancing, face masking, and sheltering  they are excited about being rewarded and prepared to host the Stanley Cup Playoffs as Edmonton has flattened the curve and are anxious for some post season hockey.

#5 How important is it for Toronto and Edmonton to host the Cup and how much of risk is it for these two hubs to host.

Matt does Headlines Sports each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headlines Sports podcast with David Zizmor: Coronavirus risks puts hesitation on pre season games with NFL players

Headline Sports podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 David could there be trouble in paradise with the NFL pre season scheduling. Because of the recent spiking in Corona cases nationally the NFL has cut the pre season in half to just two games and will used to time when they are not preparing for exhibition games to train on virtual videoconferencing.

#2 The NFLPA on Thursday evening has a big problem with the  pre season football schedule that players are concerned about added exposure and risk of playing pre season games that could result in them missing the regular season due to Covid 19.

David Zizmor does Headline Sports Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Why We Need Sports to Return

Lionel Messi of the Manchester United who is the highest paid futbol player in Europe and in the middle of a four year $92 million deal (kitbag-us.com file photo)

Why We Need Sports to Return

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

MLB, NBA, NFL, and the NHL. Those are the four biggest and most popular sports leagues in the country. No disrespect to MLS, but while the best baseball, basketball, football and hockey pro-players in the world play in these US leagues, the top soccer/fútbol players in the world do not play in the MLS, they play in Europe.

As a matter of fact Lionel Messi is the highest paid soccer player in the world and the highest paid athlete in the world with the FC Barcelona. Born in Argentina, Messi signed a four year deal in 2017 makes $92 million a year in salary, plus he compliments his salary with sponsorships with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi and other worldwide companies, total (playing and endorsements) around $400 million dollars. In China, a theme park called Messi Experience Park opened in Nanjing last year.

But leaving Fútbol/Soccer, the other three leagues are part of the physique of the country, followed by millions of fans and generating billions of dollars for our economy. In the USA during normal times, there is always one of these four leagues playing.

We are just beginning the second half of this year 2020, and there is no doubt this country can use some entertainment, trying to escape what has been the longest first half of a year, maybe in the history of the US. Adding to this shortage of quality entertainment, thousands of theaters/movie houses are closed. I know many have been watching movies on TV, but let’s face it,there is nothing like attending a movie in a nice theater with a big screen.

MLB will begin a 60-game season the 23rd of this month, so far a handful of players have opted-out, and they will not play, most by fears of the Covid-19, in situations with their families and the unpredictability of this virus.

Some other players might follow, or maybe not. MLB has been following the recent developments with the rise of infections in California, Texas and Florida, where almost one-third of the 30-teams that make the league play. Aproximately 20 players and staff members have tested positive for Covid, with the Philadelphia Phillies leading the list, with seven players and five staff members. SF Giants 2019 first round pick Hunter Bishop tested positive.

The NBA is scheduled to begin traveling to Florida next week, with arrivals between July 7 and July 9. They plan to re-start action July 30 at Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida. Adam Silver the Commissioner said “returning to work is not all about dollars and cents”. Unfortunately the Warriors will not be there. Some 16 players have tested positive for Covid so far.

NFL just cut the preseason to two games, with Week 1 and Week 4 to be eliminated from their schedule. Travel will be limited, maybe some staying at their home cities during preseason. The regular NFL season is scheduled to begin on-time (according to league officials) despite the pandemic. The first game schedule for the Texans at Kansas City Chiefs on September 10 and the regular season ending on January 3. Around 10 NFL teams have Covid cases.

NHL plans to return with 24-teams competing for the Stanley Cup, with the best of five series, round robin games in two hub cities, dates not determined yet. Unfortunately, the San José Sharks are not one of those 24 teams and will not be there. Some 16 NHL players have tested positive for Covid.

We need sports to comeback this second half of this year, and we need it badly. It is bad enough that people had to stay inside their homes, with everybody with at least one TV but none of these top leagues in action to watch anything but games from years ago.

Nobody could have predicted all the events so far during this 2020 eventful year. Just think that just three to four months ago we were living in a normal world, yes with all the problems always easy to identify, but we have exceeded the negative and it is time for the positive. Sports is able to do that, it is the best medicine for the mind in days like these. We are a sports nation, we need the entertainment value, but at this time it is more than entertainment, sports has become a much needed therapy.

“It’s not whether you get knockdown; it’s whether you get up” -Vince Lombardi.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for Oakland A’s baseball on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Canucks Hughes and Wild’s Rantanen are back after 4 mo rest; plus more NHL news

The Colorado Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen skates for the first time during phase 2, Rantanen suffered an upper body injury on Feb 17th (nhl.com photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Marko:

#1 For the NHL Cup Qualifier Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks says he’s back and he’s a strong as he’s ever been. Hughes whose working out at Rogers Centre said that the four months off has been a blessing.

#2 Hughes also mentioned with that time off this is the best he’s ever felt compared to 3 1/2 months ago.

#3 The Canucks (36-27-6) will face off against the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7) the Canucks are the number seven qualifier team and the Wild are number ten.

#4 The players are now waiting for the NHL to move into phase three and four in the Return to Play plan. The hope is to get camps going by July 10th the start date and the Eastern and Western Conferences have 24 teams going if everything goes without a hitch it could bet pretty entertaining out there.

#5 Marko how important is it Colorado Avalanche’s right winger  Mikko Rantanen makes a come back from an upper body injury he sustained Feb 17 after getting tripped by the Tampa Bay Lightning’s defenceman Erik Cernak .

Join Marko each week for Headline Sports every Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s excited for Soderstrom signing; Will more players drop out before opening day Jul 23rd?

The A’s 26th overall draft pick Tyler Soderstrom who can hit for average and has been said to be the A’s future catcher (spokeo.com/search-free file photo)

On Headline Sports with Jerry F:

#1 The Oakland A’s assistant general manager Billy Owens was proud assistant GM on Monday when the A’s announced that they signed catcher Tyler Soderstrom to a $3.3 million signing bonus and will be in training camp for the A’s.

#2 Soderstrom 18, was the A’s 26th overall pick and will be in camp this week. The A’s minor league starting pitcher Daulton Jefferies said he was taught by Soderstrom’s father Steve since age 9. Steve who played with the Royals and Rangers said Soderstrom is going to come into his own and could be a big help for the A’s.

#3 Soderstrom hit .450 hit for four home runs, 1.340 OPS, in 28 contests, Soderstrom hit an impressive .373 in 82 games at Turlock High School.

#4 With the Covid 19 pandemic spiking four MLB players former SF Giant Mike Leake, the Washington Nationals  Joe Ross and Ryan Zimmerman, and the Colorado Rockies Ian Desmond have decided to sit out the 60 game 2020 season out of caution.

#5 Oakland A’s team president David Kaval said he objected to a letter that was written by the Sierra Club stating that the A’s motivation and plans for building at Howard Terminal were solely based on taking “shortcuts and exemptions from environmental laws to avoid strict remediation on the land to meet a residential standard, which could seriously harm environmental and public health.”

Join Jerry each Thursday for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com