The TEN: 7/1/2020

(“The TEN” is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in “The TEN”)

1. New turf was installed on the football field at St. Paul Monday.

2. Former LA Galaxy fan favorite Juninho announced his retirement at the age of 31.

3. “Eddie” the story of college basketball coach Eddie Sutton on ESPN.

4. The Detroit Tigers signed number one overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson to a deal worth $8.4 million.

5. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal Tuesday in a 2-2 tie with Atletico Madrid.

6. Former Cleveland Browns/ Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says his football career is “probably in the past.”

7. Three New Orleans Pelicans players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

8. Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their 2020 season Tuesday due primarily to the coronavirus pandemic.

9. The Brooklyn Nets DeAndre Jordan has tested positive for the coronavirus and will not play as the NBA restarts in Orlando.

10. On this day in 2018 LeBron James signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers.

11 Comments to "The TEN: 7/1/2020"

  1. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 14, 2020 - 1:56 pm | Permalink

    @?, it is well documented the Apache Tribal Council of Arizona has approved the use of the name Apache to both Arcadia High School and the U.S. Military. If it is where the US Military goes to get their approval, I think we can assume they are the main source. Since the Apaches do not have any casinos as a source of income, Arcadia High School, through annual donation drives donates many of the items needed by the Apaches annually. The tribe also sends a spokesperson annually to visit and speak to the High School. The relationship between the two parties is strong. It would be a shame to see the relationship end just so that a third unrelated party can feel good about themselves.

  2. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 12, 2020 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I find no listing for The Apache Tribal Counsel to verify this claim. There are many different tribes of Apache people such as the Mescaleros, Plains, Lipon, Salinero, Western, Chiricauwa, and even many Navajo’s claim to be Apache because they share same lands and tongue. I doubt in this environment today all tribes are bowing down to Arcadia. I find this story suspect to say the least.

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 11, 2020 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Last Sunday (July 5), the Los Angeles Times sports section devoted a whole page to the ongoing discussion about racially or ethnically-related team mascot names, logos, cheers, and gestures.
    The article mentioned that the Cleveland Indians dropped their “Chief Wahoo” logo only last year. I believe the name “Indians” is relatively neutral in its own right; what needed to go for the longest time was the racist caricature of a Native American.

    @ My Two Cents: I remember the controversy that unfolded roughly 10 years ago over Arcadia High’s use of the name “Apaches,” and the outcome was as you described it.
    If the Apache Nation approves of the school’s use of the tribal name, then nobody else should have a problem with it. The school administration has done the right thing in reaching out to the tribe and maintaining a good relationship.

  4. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    July 6, 2020 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    @CIF, here is what I found out recently about the use of Apache by Arcadia High School. They received approval from the Apache Tribal Council to use the name, only one of two organizations to receive approval. The other being the US Military for using it on the Apache Helicopters. Arcadia Unified Superintendent, Dr. David Vannasdall has made the trip fifteen out of the last twenty years to Arizona to pay respect to the Apache Tribal Leadership and both parties have a strong relationship for over twenty years. Recently, a group of former students has taken upon themselves to make a team name change. So my question becomes, if the Apaches themselves are happy that Arcadia High School is using the moniker, should the offended speak for the Apaches when they themselves are not offended?

    Further, if we do change all monikers related to Native Indians than what about the monikers depicting other races? Trojans, Spartans, Gladiators, Swordsmen, Cowboys, Rangers, Eskimos, etc. Who is to say monikers such as Panthers, Bears, Lions, Tigers, Huskies, are not offensive to the animals themselves as well? Maybe after we strip schools and teams of all monikers, we could go after their team colors. I just feel like some people are stirring the pot when there isn’t one to be stirred.

  5. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 4, 2020 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    It occurred to me that the Atlanta Braves had a “Chief Nakahoma” mascot who would celebrate every time one of their players knocked a homer. (That happened often in the early 1970’s, when the Braves had Henry Aaron, Darrell Evans, and Davey Johnson.) Thankfully, they cancelled that act years ago.
    Fans of the Braves and the Florida State University Seminoles have long chanted and employed the “tomahawk chop” gesture in urging their teams on. It’s a practice which should be ended due to its stereotypical and barbaric connotations.

  6. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    July 4, 2020 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    @ CIF: The Washington, D.C. NFL team should’ve ended its use of “Redskins” as a mascot name at least 50 years ago, since that term has always been a racist slur against Native Americans. The civil rights movement of the 1960’s and early ’70’s presented a good opportunity for a name change, but the team’s ownership refused to budge.
    One of the Washington team’s owners during that era was Jack Kent Cooke, who also owned the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA before Jerry Buss bought him out in 1979. Cooke was one of the people who failed to change the NFL team’s racist mascot name.

    I don’t see the other mascot names that you alluded to as being inherently racist or culturally insensitive.
    However, the Cleveland Indians should ditch their racist logo, which depicts a Native American, if they haven’t done so already. That caricature, which they’ve often used on their jerseys or caps, dates back to at least the late 1930’s or early ’40’s. It should’ve disappeared a very long time ago.

  7. CIF's Gravatar CIF
    July 3, 2020 - 2:54 am | Permalink

    Arcadia,Santa Fe, Notre Dame, Florida St, Atlanta, Washington, Cleveland….All the schools and teams that use ethnic euphemisms as a mascot are on the clock.

  8. July 2, 2020 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    Looks like a new field is going in at Azusa High. Will the Aztecs be playing home games there instead of at Citrus?

  9. ?'s Gravatar ?
    July 1, 2020 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    All those financial institutions that loaned all that money to build the Rams and Raiders new digs must be feeling sick right now. But the blow up doll business is booming.

  10. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    July 1, 2020 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I’am scratching my head as to how and why so many high schools have started socially distanced practices. I know they have rules but these are 14 and 15 year old boys that have been locked up. As soon as the coach looks down at his Ipad those colts will be standing shoulder to shoulder. To make my point the PGA and pro Tennis are trying to play in a bubble. Jokers tournament in Europe flopped in a few days as multiple players and coaches got sick with Covid. The PGA has multiple players testing positive and my guess is they will also have to quit. If the pros that take all sorts of strict precautions and play in a bubble and far away from each other get sick quickly how easy will it be for high school boys.? I do pray no one gets sick and no one at home also.

  11. ONE's Gravatar ONE
    July 1, 2020 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    How long is turf supposed to last? It seems that not very long ago, the Swordsmen operation got a $2.1 million gift from former L.A. mayor Richard Riordan to put in a new field, and now it’s shot? With materials reportedly shipped-in from the Wuhan province, let’s hope this new surface will prove more satisfactory.

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