Baseball Trades, Ray Rice, Daniel Snyder and Washington Original Americans

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“If us accepting the money makes (the team and its owner) sleep better at night, then fine, I wish them a good night’s sleep. What matters is our kids get to enjoy a new playground. And how can that be bad?” – Mike Sangrey, of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, on taking money from the Washington Redskin’s Original Americans Foundation.

Chief ZeeEL BARIO, BRONX – The weekly Sports Bully Pulpit got a late text message to be ready a day early. So here we are, blurry-eyed and typing as fast as possible, in a race against the sun. Your Righteous Deacon Blaber will look at the  Washington Original Americans Foundation and it’s bribing of Native American tribes. We will scratch the surface of the flurry of baseball trades, then we give our thoughts (and our thoughts alone) on the Ray Rice situation.

Washington Original Americans: Dan Snyder is a successful businessman and you don’t get to be a successful businessman by letting things like the opinions of Congress and the general public stop you from making money. In response to pressure from politicians and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office‘s banning of the Redskin name and image, Snyder created the Washington Original American‘s foundation that claims it has 145 projects in the works with 40 different tribes going on.

Of course this has created a huge divide within the Native American communities in this country. Chippewa Cree Tribe Chairman, Rick Morsette says, “I have no problem with the name and if they’re willing to help our youth, that’s good too.” Meanwhile Fort Yuma Quechan (Kwatsan) tribe member Kenrick Escalanti says, “We know bribe money when we see it.” But the abject poverty that exists at these reservations make it a tough call and not something that should be easily judged as an outsider. Some tribes are the poorest people in their state. For the full details, click HERE. It is an interesting debate, as those that refuse Snyder’s $$$ make sure to go out of their way not to insult those that choose to take the money.

Now to something really important…
Baseball Trades:
David Price
went from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers. John Lackey and Class A lefty Corey Littrell to the St. Louis Cardinals for struggling slugger Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly - who has 25,691 fans with the same name in Boston… The Sawx also dealt the late-blooming  Andrew Miller to the Orioles and J.D. Drew to the Yankees, in a rare inter-division deals. With their huge such a flurry of movement, only time will tell if the Red Sox have come out ahead but once the dust settles – and they could bring back Lester. For the teams seeking immediate help, Angry Ward’s Mariners look to have addressed exactly what they needed in getting Austin Powers Jackson and Chris Denorfia, two much-needed righty batters… In a week or so we’ll see which teams have improved their performance or wilted… Oh, and about the Yankees: they got Chase Headley, Brandon McCarthy, Gerardo Parra and Drew for a box of baseballs. Meanwhile the cross-town Mets did make one HUGE TRADE, reported by the MTM Tweetisphere:

Ray Rice: Yesterday, I stood up to defend the Ray Rice decision and I was booed from Stamford to Stanford . Well, I am back to reiterate that the NFL is a business – a business that has to deal with unions.  And just like it is with Teachers, it is difficult to fire someone that is part of union. In case you missed it, Ladies and Germs, Rice is part of a union! So, Roger Goddell couldn’t throw the book at Rice-err-Roni because the Players Union would not stand for the Goodell Two Shoes being a version of Judge Dredd. Ray Rice (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports) That would open too many troublesome doors. Also, the owners know that a fair few of their players could end up with a domestic abuse charge – or three – and they don’t want to start seeing play-makers and game-changers missing games and costing them money. Finally, it has be said that occasionally some of these women/player wives dip their toe into a shark-infested pond. A man is not suppose to ever hit a woman but is there a code of conduct for the woman?! Apparently she can insult you, your manhood, your ego and you loved ones and that is all good. Is this not the age of equality?!

Finally before I go, I just heard that in the ESPN Magazine, the Body Issue, they have a photo of Hawaiian surfer sensation Coco Ho. I heard her name and I laughed like a high school kid. So… how about we all laugh?

That is it for now, hope you enjoyed the article and hope to hear from you below.

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Junoir Blaber is from Ghana but was transplanted to the Bronx as a young lion chaser. Blaber is the Rain Man of "Meet The Matts" and is a featured contributor on MTM global partner, Rugby Wrap Up. The name "Junoir" is not what the MTM Big Wigs thought - a cool African name. Instead, he typed "Junoir" instead of "Junior" on his facebook page to make him harder to find, at over 700 friends, he needs to try harder. But proving that two wrongs indeed do make a right, he has embraced his new persona - [June-noire]. Manute Bol is his uncle and his teams are the Mets, Jets, Knicks & NY Rangers... And Manchester United. He knows soccer. Yuck.
  • FakeSandyAlderson

    Good article, and you articulate your positions well. As far as the Native American issue is concerned, without walking in anyone else’s shoes, it is hard to judge (nor should one) how one should react, or object to slights. And there is no logic to the statement of “slights-real or perceived.” There are no “real” slights. They’re all perceived-meaning if Native Americans perceive the use of the team name to be hurtful, then that is THEIR feeling. You can’t tell someone or a group HOW they should feel. So I’m fine with whatever the Native Americans decide, and also sensitive to the balancing act that must be considered when the welfare of a group is what is most important. Let the “aggrieved” group decide what’s best.

    • Junoir Blaber

      I believe it is straight bribery but at some point if you are hungry and destitute enough something has got to give. That is why casinos have risen up. The plight of Native Americans in this country today is still a huge uphill battle

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Sissy.

    • GrindingAxWalter

      If anyone thinks that the name of a sports team has any effect on a group of people, then I would suggest moving to an island somewhere far away.
      Total shakedown by anyone using these “causes” for payoffs and financial gain….(see Al sharpton)
      I’m going to gather up my Mcguirk cousins and we are going to demand that Notre Dame ceases and desist from using the name “Fighting Irish” as it has negative connotations about us. Paints us as drinking, fighting thugs. fact is that Matt cannot defend himself at all!

      • Junoir Blaber

        Well until they start doing the ashes mass in the stands, I suggest you micks pipe down. They have already taken everything from the Natives, we can’t let an ethnic slur be a team mascot.

        • GrindingAxWalter

          And that’s in for a strike!

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    And sorry for being so straight and serious with my comments here, but your choices of subject matter call for real feedback, at least in my opinion. As far as your position on the Ray Rice/NFL/womens’ abuse situation, you aren’t wrong in that often the other person holds some responsibility for what ensues-it does take two to tango, and there are always 3 sides to every argument. However, my feeling is that often the men delivering the abuse in these scenarios are sick, damaged, even chemical-addled, so it’s hard to apply logic to these guys most of the time. My feeling is that a man who hits a woman is a psychopath, and unfit for normal relations with anyone–you have to be f*&*cked up to do so. Yes, women can contribute to any argument/verbal battle. But being a Man means removing yourself from the situation. Whatever verbal abuse a woman may or may not hurl a man’s way, is just that. Walk away. Get out of there. Guys who don’t or won’t aren’t men. They’re psychotics who’re likely to lash out at anyone with violence.

    • Big Fat Toad

      What if they burn the toast?

      • TRS99

        Not funny.

        • Momma O

          ditto

          • Junoir Blaber

            Yeah BFT! Not funny at all. I would have gone with dinner being late.

    • TRS99

      What if she is punching you in the face or swiping at you with a knife? It can get beyond verbal abuse. Wasn’t there an Angels pitcher that was beaten by his wife?

      • Junoir Blaber

        Chuck Finley, no? And what about f
        mets fan favorite Kris Benson and his wife Anna Benson

        • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

          If you’re letting a woman punch you in the face, you A) Deserve it and B) Deserve it. Otherwise, you have feet. Use them and scram.

          • Junoir Blaber

            Sure he scrams but she doesn’t have to deal with the cops and seek therapy for being an instigator and psycho.

    • Junoir Blaber

      I don’t disagree with you. I always thought there was a social agreement that a man must never hit a woman however a woman always should carry herself like a lady.

      Oh and nowhere to go in an elevator.

      • JeremyDelgado33

        You basically agreed that sometimes it’s okay to hit a woman with the shark tank and age of equality bullshit. Was that supposed to be a joke?? Either way it’s ignorant.

        • Junoir Blaber

          Hey there Jeremy, glad to have you join the debate. I argue that if there is a zero tolerance policy on men, what is the policy on women. Dismissing it as ignorant doesn’t address the fact that we have a double standard. How much verbal abuse is a woman allowed to have? At what point does the man stop being a human being with feels and emotions and suppose to be a robot. We already tell men not to express or talk about their emotions so how they feel builds up and now we add fuel to it by saying she can say anything to you.

          • FakeSandyAlderson

            If the woman is verbally abusive, then leave. The guy shouldn’t be with her. The elephant in the room that no one will broach is that there are elements of society; sometimes delineated along ethnic, religious, cultural lines that while maybe not condoning this behavior-accept it as part of that culture. My kids used to have a friend of a specific middle-eastern region who was absolutely abhorrent. I heard him calling 12, 13 year old girls “bitches,” “whores,” etc. Where the F did he learn that? What kind of culture/religion allows/encourages such repugnant behavior and instills it in their children? It’s 2014, and if you think it’s OK to hit a woman, then meet me on Vernon Blvd in Long Island City tonight, and I’ll show you Queens.

          • Junoir Blaber

            I fully agree. I actually feel with not enough fathers present to teach young men how to behave and young women how to respect a man, we have this downfall in acceptable behavior.

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            Junoir, you seem all over the place with this… and sound a bit like the Ghanian Al Campanis.

          • Junoir Blaber

            That’s Al Junoiris to you. My main point is that nothing exists in a vacuum. Hitting a woman is wrong. We got that but why does no one get into the instigation. We act like the guy just hit her for dinner being late.

          • GrindingAxWalter

            Matt, you need to give Junoir a Stephan A. time out…

          • Junoir Blaber

            I only write once a week and I was asked to PH today so not a lot of collateral for the short one.

          • GrindingAxWalter

            Takes balls to take on these topics and debate them. Great stuff.

    • GrindingAxWalter

      This too will even out when Ronda Rousey beats down her boyfriend or husband some day.

      All kidding aside, no place EVER to beat on a women.

      • Junoir Blaber

        I don’t disagree at all. I want that Rousey or Carlino abuse case to occur.

      • Junoir Blaber

        I don’t disagree at all. I want that Rousey or Carlino abuse case to occur.

  • SentFromMyBlackberryWireless

    Twins add undrafted pitching prospect (with 100-mph fastball) from ‘out of nowhere':
    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/07/30/twins-add-undrafted-pitching-prospect-with-100-mph-fastball-out-nowhere/#

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      His ERA is a tad high… But great story!

      • Junoir Blaber

        Surprise Sandy didn’t take him.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Surprise Sandy didn’t take him.

  • Finns

    Change the name to Original Americans it sounds better

    • buffalobilly84

      How about Original Redskins? lol

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Guys, please!

  • Different Matt

    I wish it was JD Drew that the Yankees got. He could probably still hit over .200.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      As pointed out above, the Yankees quietly got a haul in the past week. Granted, they’re payroll increased a tad but they did improve.

      • FakeSandyAlderson

        Guys like Mike Francessa and Michael Kay who watch 2 National League games a year-yet still consider themselves experts; and most Yankee fans too-have no idea how good a player Martin Prado is. He’s been dinged up and having a down year, but this is a professional hitter who can play both IF and OF corner positions. He would have been perfect to stick in LF for the Mets, but they don’t try. Getting annoyed with ignorant Yankee fans who don’t thing their GM did anything are just dumb

        • Junoir Blaber

          The Yanks don’t any arms but hope to score 5 and the oppo score 4.

        • Junoir Blaber

          The Yanks don’t any arms but hope to score 5 and the oppo score 4.

  • DJ Eberle

    Idk about you guys, but why not make a move for Price if you’re the Mets?? They have the peices and money and they could make a bit of a run for the wild card? Also… I like the Yankees moves. Could have used some more pitching help, but I like the Yankees moves from an overall stand point. They didn’t lose much to get McCarthy, Headly, Capuano, Rogers, Drew and Prado.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Do they get television or radio up in your parts, DJ? Price is the one huge piece the Mets DON’T NEED. They have a ton of pitching. They need somebody other than Duda to hit more than 15 hrs and a shortstop that isn’t chubby, slow, with limited range that can’t hit over .230… Get your head out of your Bills’ Bubbly.

      • Junoir Blaber

        You should already know that SA makes no deals and as FSA has pointed out, we should have got Prado.

  • Momma O

    Suddenly there’s all this brouhaha about American Indian-related names Even Congress, who can get nothing else done – and in going on a 5 week paid (by you and me) vacation – has gotten in on the act.
    I’m all for the Tribes shaming the multimillionaire owners into giving huge contributions.
    I am not in favor of changing old sports team names.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Mamma O, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Fightin’ Irish and Celtics mascot are as insulting as there are in sports, yet we Irish just giggle at it. Get over it, people. We’re a nation of hypocrites.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Are you serious the Celtics are what the Irish are. If they were the Native Americans we wouldn’t be having this debate. Would you root for the NYC Ni***rs?? So why accept the redskins. We progress as a society. Part of today’s debate is we are now angry that a man hit his wife. Years ago this was not an issue. We have evolved to the point that an ethnic slur is no longer acceptable as a team mascot.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Are you serious the Celtics are what the Irish are. If they were the Native Americans we wouldn’t be having this debate. Would you root for the NYC Ni***rs?? So why accept the redskins. We progress as a society. Part of today’s debate is we are now angry that a man hit his wife. Years ago this was not an issue. We have evolved to the point that an ethnic slur is no longer acceptable as a team mascot.

  • AngryWard

    Junoir, I am with Fake Sandy all the way on this one. I am sick and tired of people dishing out beatings and shootings on the basis of being “disrespected.” No respectable man would deck a woman, so maybe there’s a reason he was “disrespected” in the first place. Aaron Hernandez was disrespected and he felt a need to (allegedly) kill some people over it. A woman is insulting your manhood or your family? Come back with a snappy comeback of your own. Jesus, didn’t we learn anything from Fred Sanford’s verbal sparring with Aunt Esther? Failing that, tell her the engagement’s off and that she can find her own ride home.

  • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

    This name change will transcend all sports. In England, the Exeter Chiefs will be questioned. Not many Native Americans running around London.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Chief Kennsington led the Chesire Cats into battle once!

    • Junoir Blaber

      They do the tomahawk chop and use the headress. It is something that until we fix in America we can’t criticize the Brits.

    • Junoir Blaber

      They do the tomahawk chop and use the headress. It is something that until we fix in America we can’t criticize the Brits.

  • Declan Yeats

    Give me and a few of my lads a few minutes with Ray Rice.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Lay off, Declan… Rice is fried.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    We watched Ray Rice’s press conference yesterday. His bit about going out and helping others, basically in any circumstance know to man, rang more than a bit hollow. Frankly, in our professional opinion, he’s got the Napoleon Complex thing going. Short Matt dwarfs him, although his arms are huge. Funny though, how Donnie Sterling loses his team for name-calling and Rice only has to Steam for two games on the sideline for knocking his high school sweetheart out.

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      Agree…and as justified as Chris Paul and the other Clips players are about not wanting to play for a racist owner, they should be further outraged by the scourge of NBA players who’ve beaten up their wives/girlfriends. Would be nice to see a great player and alleged Leader like Paul come out and chastise the guys who impregnate 15 different women and discard the kids. There’s something wrong with guys having fathered six kids by the time they turn 22. There is no place obviously for a Donald Sterling, but neither should there be for serial impregnators and still worse-serial wife beaters.

      • Junoir Blaber

        What about the golddiggers looking to get knocked up? And instigating situations? The guys are bad but those ladies aren’t saints.

      • Junoir Blaber

        What about the golddiggers looking to get knocked up? And instigating situations? The guys are bad but those ladies aren’t saints.

    • Junoir Blaber

      Rice got 2 weeks to appease the female fans. His situation and Sterling are a bit different. I am sure if Rice owned an LFL team, then he would get the Sterling treatment.

    • Junoir Blaber

      Rice got 2 weeks to appease the female fans. His situation and Sterling are a bit different. I am sure if Rice owned an LFL team, then he would get the Sterling treatment.

  • George Armstrong Custer

    How

  • WestCoastCraig

    Coco Ho was just the worst Beach Boys song ever.

    And screw Ray Rice and screw Roger Goodell for being a pussy. What union in the world, outside of NAMBLA, would object to a stark punishment for any kind of abuse, particularly domestic violence? “Consistent penalty” is a pretty flimsy defense to cower behind…I wouldn’t want to be behind it if Ray Rice was coming after me.

    • Junoir Blaber

      I was just at a protest against police brutality in nyc. The cops that killed a man will get as energetic a defense as the cop who is in trouble for taking a free meal and not reporting it. It is not that the policeman’s union supports the death of an innocent man but dues are paid so a cop can get a good defense when he needs it. It is not the union’s job to have a prerogative of the officers guilt based on charge. You defend them all because you don’t want to go down a slipper slope to having a powerless union and letting the employer be free to do what he wants. We will end up in “The Jungle” (the book) again.

    • AngryWard

      Bwahahaha! Coco Ho was indeed the worst Beach Boys song ever. I always wondered whether they used it at Gitmo. I would be spilling my guts in under an hour. The could call it surf boarding.

      • jgclancy

        Holy shite Junoir….64 comments because Snyder is a racist who should have a cap in his ….well, I can’t say that but AW is right………burn me, acid, cut me, blow torch I ain’t talkin’ but play CoCo Ho and I’d spill my guts in an hour. Hell….half an hour…along with Madonna singing American Pie…….I’d rather post as a guest because I have a soul

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