-The Cleveland Indians will be removing the Chief Wahoo logo starting in 2019 after a discussion with commissioner Rob Manfred. This was a long time coming. The logo, which I’ve included a picture of above, definitely seems harmless on the surface, but a red cartoon Native American as the logo of a team called the Indians seems a bit insensitive in today’s day and age. Chief Wahoo has been on the way out for a while now, as the Indians have been more frequently using their block-letter ‘C’ as their logo of late, which is a step in the right direction. While it’s not perfect and the Indians are kind of in too deep to change their name from a historical perspective, at least changing the logo shows that the organization is listening to the outcry and trying to work out a compromise. Take notes, Dan Snyder.
-Manny Machado will be moving to shortstop in his contract year with the Baltimore Orioles. Machado is naturally a shortstop but had to move to third base when he was called up to the majors because the Orioles already had a good shortstop in JJ Hardy. Well Hardy is a 35 year-old free agent so it’s unlikely the Orioles will bring him back on board. Tim Beckham, who really broke out with the Orioles after his trade from Tampa Bay, will play third base. Machado was a fantastic third baseman despite it not being his natural position and he would play shortstop when Hardy was injured. He also was good as a shortstop, though not quite as good as third base, according to DRS. He’s had as high as 35 DRS at third while he’s been 3 DRS at short, both are good numbers but one is clearly higher than the other. Machado has made it known that he prefers to play shortstop so perhaps this might be a tactic to try and convince Machado to stay in Baltimore after his contract is up at the end of 2018. However if Baltimore isn’t in the thick of a playoff race, Machado could become a MAJOR trade piece at the trade deadline.
-I didn’t watch the Pro Bowl. I don’t even know who won. I did watch the Royal Rumble, though. That was fun. Ronda Rousey is now with the WWE, though her appearance at the end of the Rumble was kind of bleh. She just pointed at the Wrestlemania sign and stole the women’s Royal Rumble winner’s thunder.
-Rumors are that even more people are going to be ousted in the Larry Nassar issue with Michigan State. Already the head of school and AD have stepped down and former Michigan State legend Magic Johnson has stated that anybody who knew what Nassar was doing and said/did nothing should be fired, which has some people wondering if Michigan State football and basketball coaches Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo could be next on the chopping block. Both men are highly successful coaches, Izzo having a national championship to his name, but we saw what happened with Joe Paterno at Penn State and if he can be ousted for a scandal like this, then nobody’s job is safe. We’ll have to wait and see what these guys may have known about the situation. But I’m with Magic on this one, if they knew and did nothing, they shouldn’t keep their jobs.
-The Detroit Pistons have made Avery Bradley available for trade. As a Celtics fan, I’d love to have Bradley back, however the main reason Danny Ainge traded him to Detroit in the first place was for financial reasons, plus Bradley’s an impending free agent. Bradley’s a good 3-point shooter and an absolute lockdown defender, so he will be a welcome asset to pretty much any team. As for what the Pistons could get in return for Bradley, I’m really not sure. The Celtics got Marcus Morris for him, if that’s going to be any kind of barometer. Maybe the Pistons can send Bradley to Washington for Morris’ twin brother Markieff.
UPDATE: Turns out the Pistons got a little more for Avery Bradley than Markieff Morris. They have sent Bradley, Tobias Harris, Brice Johnson, Willie Reed, and a couple draft picks to the Clippers for Blake freaking Griffin. My head is spinning. Normally I would dedicate an entire blog to that alone, however this one was already written and finished by the time the trade was announced. That’s what I get for being proactive.
-Tom Brady cut an interview with WEEI short because interviewer Alex Reimer said on one of his radio shows that Brady’s 5 year-old daughter was an “annoying little pissant” in regards to Brady’s “Tom vs Time” web series. I really don’t know much else except that Brady may not appear on WEEI radio ever again. As far as context goes, I’m not 100% sure what the actual conversation was pertaining to when Reimer made the comment, but this isn’t the first time Boston radio has come under fire for some idiotic comment. A couple months ago, on Felger and Maz, one of the hosts (can’t remember if it was Felger or Maz) said that Roy Halladay “deserved” to die based on the way he allegedly was flying his plane when it crashed into the ocean. Apparently Halladay was trying to do some flying tricks and they went wrong and it cost him his life. There’s footage of it but I refuse to watch because I don’t want to watch one of my favorite pitchers die, go find it on your own. But word choice is not a strong suit of Boston media to say the least.
-It’s Super Bowl week and that means we’re going to overanalyze dumb storylines that really have no effect on the actual outcome of the game. So it’ll be interesting to see what kinds of questions are going to get asked at Media Day. But oftentimes the responses to questions are even better than the game itself. Nobody will ever top Marshawn Lynch at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day with his “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” comments, or “I’m all about that action boss,” or “Shout out to Oakland, shout out to my teammates.” Lynch is probably the guy I’d most want to have a beer with in the league. Even more than Rob Gronkowski (mainly because I would subconsciously be trying to keep up with him and end up in a coma). But yeah, Super Bowl Media Day is coming up. Stay tuned to that.
That’s going to do it for today’s blog, sorry if it’s a little short, I’m writing this during a PAINFULLY boring media law class, which I should probably pay attention to so that I don’t end up in jail for making libelous comments about somebody. Of course I could probably protect myself by saying “it was just a social experiment.” Plus doing this early forced me to not give the Blake Griffin trade its due. Learning experiences only here at Wyman’s Sports. Let me know whether you think I should blog in class or not in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter @jimwyman10.