Years ago Tony Kornheiser said the Washington Redskins could keep their name -- all they had to do was to change their mascot/logo to a bowl of steaming red skin potatoes.
I recently read several esssys from various American Indian publications addressing the use of the word "Indian" to refer collectively to the indigenous people of North America. While there was some diversity of opinion, in general the authors felt this word was acceptible and superior to alternatives, such as "native Americans". Part of their logic was that to a person, the authors identity themselves according to their tribe, or clan within the tribe. Historically, there was no term for the continent's population as there was no need for one. Some objected to the fact that non-Indians have taken it upon themselves to decide what terms Indians should find offensive and use to identity themselves. None of these essays addressed the issue of athletic team names, but based on what I read, I wonder if anyone asked the Indians. It really is not for me to say, but I suspect getting rid of the Redskins and Squaw Valley are a higher priority.
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If you bought that $64,000 Babe Ruth autographed ball from Costco, now you can pair it with a $160,000 bat autographed by Ty Cobb.
Edit to add: The $900 baseball signed by Sandy Koufax they also have is suddenly looking like a steal of a deal.