(Notice how I’ve tactfully avoided the use of the term ‘shovel’ in the title as it might offend those people who regularly dish out the doo-doo.)
A Promotional Poster Spotted Somewhere in The Centre of Canada:
They Don’t Use the ‘I’ Word in Toronto
News this week (from a reliable source) has it that Blue Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth, after receiving a fan letter in 1992, has since refused to use the word ‘Indian’ in broadcasts. After he revealed that, other media have hopped onto the politically-petrified language bandwagon. The Jerry reportedly has also stopped using other terms such as ‘tomahawk chop’ and ‘powwow on the mound.’
Baseball is a Mine Field of Insensitive Word Bombs
Understandably, The Jerry would want to avoid hurtful language relating to race, gender, age, disability or sexual preference. In fact, a news report from a slightly less reliable source (cousin Gordie) states that The Jerry also refuses to use any of the following terms during a game to appease the sexual-language-sensitive viewer:
- show bunt
- backdoor slider
- foul tip
- frozen rope
- push off the rubber
- go deep
- pitching from behind
- got good wood
- grand salami
- high cheese
- charging the mound
- nice poke
- nibble around the edges
- shagging flies
There is no ‘Team’ in ‘I’
The ‘Team’ based in Cleveland isn’t the only abo-associated one dissed by the Phrase Persecutors. If the likes of The Jerry have their way, soon we’ll see proposals such as the following for alternative team nicknames:
- Cleveland Native Americans
- Atlanta Courageous Creeks
- Kansas City Indigenous President & CEOs
- Washington Rosy-Cheeked Aboriginals
- Edmonton First Nations of the North
It will cost teams thousands of dollars in extra stitchery to put these names on their jerseys. Another not-so-reliable source told me that Jerry’s poor cousin, Johnny (The John) has an interest in Majestic Sportswear.
Did The Word-Weenies Forget Brew Town?
It’s bad enough that this is a disparaging nickname for a male native American, but the logo pokes fun at the natives, what with the over-exaggerated ears, the ‘wild’ hair styling (that look like antlers) and the large nose.
Perhaps the Name Numbsculls were paid off in beer.