Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Since when does Major League Baseball prohibit white pants on the road? In addition to the A's, other teams who have worn white pants on the road were the Astros, the Braves (Aaron/feather uniforms), the White Sox (collared shirt uniform), the Padres (most notably in the 1984 World Series) and, most recently, the Cubs. The only limiting factor is that this would not be appropriate for most uniforms. Of the teams mentioned above, the Cubs and Padres would have looked better with grey pants; it was kind of ridiculous that all games in the 1984 NLCS featured both teams in white pants. The A's, Astros, Braves, and Sox all had designs that were sufficiently attractive to justify the use of white pants on the road.
  2. That was true for all the teams using powder blue, and for most of the teams using pullovers. But the 1970s marked the best period for the A's (that is, when they weren't wearing coloured pants) as well as for the Pirates, the only two teams that looked good in pullover jerseys and beltless pants.
  3. The only important point is that Perez was fun to watch in the AAF (just as was his teammate Trent Richardson, despite similarly underwhelming statistics). And, as noted, whoever makes decisions for XFL teams also clearly found his play worthwhile.
  4. I don't know about that. Neither team should really have to give up its identity on account of this merger. College games of the sort of "Wildcats vs. Wildcats" happen, and it harms nothing. Then we have frequent soccer matches between two teams both called "United". And let's not forget the CFL's old Roughriders / Rough Riders situation, which is exactly analogous to this, in that it resulted from the merger of two leagues.
  5. It all has to do with his backstory, that he didn't play football in high school. That makes him fascinating. Also, there was the tantalising glimpse of him in the AAF, in which he started the season strong. Despite the fact that he eventually tailed off and was even replaced at Birmingham, he remains a player whom people are interested to see, and in whom coaches evidently see some quality.
  6. All yellow was used for the road uniform in the set the A's wore up through 1971. In the uniforms adopted in 1972, yellow pants and green pants were included, even if they were rarely used. The one time that the yellow pants made an appearance on a very prominent stage was during the 1975 All-Star Game, when Vida Blue wore them. But, with a few rare exceptions, the A's wore white pants for all games from 1972 through 1980, probably because that set's yellow pants and green pants looked ridiculous.
  7. I know all about that drunken sot, whose racist comments about "the ethnic vote" (which was a slap not only at Jews, but also at Italians and people of other ethnicities) after the loss in the 1995 referendum led to his ouster as PQ leader and Quebec premier. No movement should be judged by its worst distorters. In fact the Quebecois identity is broad and pluralistic, embracng francophones of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. By the way, if Montreal could not support a Major League team, it might be a good location for a Blue Jays minor league affilliate. The Jays' fit with AAA Buffalo is too perfect to mess with. But a AA team named the Montreal Expos and owned outright by the Blue Jays would have a much lower bar for success.
  8. Williamson looks strange wearing number 1, a guard's number. It seems to me that he should be wearing something like 32 or 33 or 44. I suppose I'll get used to it if he keeps that number. But right now it is like seeing a pitcher with a single-digit number.
  9. I am not defending national territorial integrity; I am noting the reason for the Chinese obsession with it, and for the tremendous offence that they take about it. Except the Hong Kong protesters are not "fighting oppression". What they are fighting is China's legitimate use of its governmental authority to adjudicate a criminal case. While the Chinese government's response to the protests has certainly been excessive, its original exercise of authority in the extradition was not. I'm for that. Of course, the two are now to some extent intertwined. The league has already stated that it won't police the expressions of opinions of its employees. And that does not please China. This is why the two viewpoints are incompatible. The NBA is trying to have it both ways: to defend individuals' freedom of speech while at the same time appeasing China. In my view it should give up on appeasing China, and should concentrate on places like Spain. In so doing, the league would make a lot less money in the short term; but there would be no more walking on eggshells to avoid offending Chinese sensibilities, as the sailing would be smoother on account of the lack of serious cultural clashes. This is correct. While major pro sports in play a positive role in general in the world, the large companies that run them must not be allowed to masquerade as charitable organisations. Also, we should remember that an employee can get in trouble for knocking a corporate partner, whether that partiner is a foreign government or a private company. For instance, if an NBA team's employee were to tweet a criticism of Nike's manufacturing process, or were to express support of someone who had been suspended by Turner Sports, that employee would be called on the carpet for jeopardising these relationships, and arguments about freedom of speech would not be raised. The China thing is this, writ large.
  10. If I were ever able to get in touch with the Chinese consulate, I would denounce their government for its counter-revolutionary policies, from the treacherous snake Deng through to the cult leader Xi. But if they want to give me money, you can have some.
  11. What is scandalous is the desire to make neo-colonialists into fighters for "freedom". Britain seized Hong Kong at gunpoint during the Opium Wars of the 1840s in order to continue the commerce of that drug, which China had banned. China's inability to stop the influx of British-produced opium, and later its forced cession of Hong Kong to Britain, are regarded by nearly all Chinese as humiliations, and by every student of history as acts of imperial domination. The end of British rule in 1997 corrected this historic wrong. The process entailed a 50-year transition period during which Hong Kong would be allowed a limited degree of autonomy, so as to manage its local affairs. This temporary autonomy was certainly not meant as a broad exemption from the laws of China, the ahistorical position that the protesters have taken up by objecting to China's act of extraditing a person who is accused of (and who has in fact admitted to) murder. This is the appropriate context through which to view the attempts on the part of separatists to roll back the clock and to return to the bad old days of British rule. No one should be defending that, least of all by dishonestly deploying terms such as "freedom" (as in Morey's boneheaded tweet) or "pro-democracy". This is not pro-democracy; it's pro-colonialism. Still, the brutality of the response by the Chinese government has been excessive. In light of that, and, more fundamentally, in recognition of the unbridgeable gap between different sets of cultural values that this crisis has highlighted, the NBA should halt its association with China, and should focus its international efforts on Europe instead.
  12. "Without defending in the slightest an authoritarian capitalist China..."
  13. The difference is that Kaepernick spoke from his own experience and the lived experience of his entire community. He was right, and he always knew that he was right. Whereas Morey now knows that he was wrong. His declaration came from ignorance, and from a superficial understanding of a complex issue that has nothing to do with him or his life. Too many Americans look at protests in other societies, such as that of France's reactionary Yellow Vest movement, and project onto those protests a progressive character that the protests themselves completely lack. Without defending in the slightest an authoritarian capitalist China which has abandoned the beautiful revolutionary principles which once made it great, we should note that the Hong Kong protesters are engaged in the profoundly retrograde act of pining for colonial times. They want to pretend that British rule never ended, even though the vast majority of Chinese people consider that period to have been a time of great humiliation. Furthermore, the "two systems" farce is an indefensible form of inequality that deserves to end immediately. The protesters seek to defend not “democracy”, but, rather, their own privilege relative to their fellow citizens. They are the equivalent of Southerners who’d like to re-establish the Confederacy. The fact is that China's universally-recognised borders include Hong Kong. That these protesters are separatists is demonstrated by their offence at the simple factual statement that Hong Kong is part of China. A frequent fantasy of mine is of New York City seceding from the United States. However, if there ever were a serious mass movement putting people into the streets in support of this proposition, then American federal authorities would crack down with a brutality at least equal to that which we see on the part of the Chinese government. Of course, it is possible for a national government to indulge a regional separatist movement, as we saw with independence referenda in Québec and Scotland — both of which I strongly supported. But, absent such an arrangement, it is the responsibility of every U.N. member to defend the territorial integrity of a fellow member. (Well, evidently except for that of Jordan, which has the bad luck to see its territory occupied by a rogue state that enjoys a de facto blanket exemption from international law.) Joe Tsai's statement was good, if incomplete. It did an adequate job of explaining why territorial integrity is particularly important to so many Chinese people, pointing out that it is a cultural value as deeply ingrained as the American cultural values that people in this country know so well. Anyone who does not understand this would probably be better off finding a different country with which to have a relationship (as the NBA should perhaps consider doing). Tsai's note helped to give a boost to my flagging Nets fandom, which has been weakened by terrible uniforms, and by the team's act of identifying not with my beloved City, but, rather, with one section of the City (and a section that I don't particularly care for), not to mention by their recent signing of an embarrassing idiot flat-Earther. But, thanks to Tsai, I am now willing to hang in there with the Nets. Prokhorov was entertaining in his own right; he was charming though highly sketchy. By contrast, Tsai's thoughtfulness has made a very good impression on me.
  14. I didn't know that Tsai lives in San Diego. If this young, energetic, and deep-pocketed person is interested in buying the Chargers, the NFL would be foolish not to accommodate him by tweaking its rules, or else by allowing him to skirt them in the way that it allowed Kroenke to do.
  15. According to the podcast This Is the XFL, the draft will not be broadcast.
  16. I still believe that, one way or another, the Chargers will be back in San Diego. My guess is that the league and the other owners will lean on Spanos to sell the team, and that the new owner will return it to San Diego.
  17. As long as they keep French most prominent on public-facing signs, nothing.
  18. No other cultures have been purged; rather, they have been appropriately relegated to a subordinate status. If protection of the French language was going to work, it had to take the form of binding legislation, rather than, let's say, polite suggestion.
  19. If the Montreal francophones can get behind a football team, they can probably do likewise for a baseball team. Don't look now, but it already is. And rightfully not. Without Bill 101, Montreal would be predominantly English-speaking, and so would effectively not be part of Quebec. By ensuring that education, entertainment, and commerce take place mainly in French, Bill 101 has prevented what would have been a tragic cultural death. If being a francophone city does indeed rule out having Major League Baseball, well, that's just fine, as protecting the French language and strengthening Quebecois identity are far higher goals. Becoming a Major League city is a lot less important to the life and health of Montreal than is remaining a predominantly French-speaking city.
  20. As a side note, in case you're interested, I would like to mention that I recently heard a good conversation with the author of a book on the AAFC, Gary Webster. He talks to Tim Hanlon on the podcast Good Seats Still Available.
  21. Heck, yeah! The moments right after you win a title are when you should be most proud of your uniform. It's especially bad in baseball, where players even swap out their real caps for these silly generic ones.
  22. This is very nice: straight lines; no bevels; beautiufl shape. I would love to see this as the helmet logo. (Though I still wish the nickname had been "Gargoyles".) This comment reminds me how bold it is for the XFL to have an "NYG" logo.