XFL is off to an embarrassing start with team announcement

The XFL confirmed the host cities of the eight teams that will play in the league’s second attempt at professional football.

Those cities are: New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.

It’s a bold move to go to cities that already have an NFL team (except St. Louis, but they had one before). And even more bold to give the state of Texas two teams where places like Las Vegas, the Bay Area, Denver, Chicago could have benefitted from it.

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The Indians’ Wahoo-free uniform is better

With the Indians moving on from Chief Wahoo, they have unveiled three new elements to their uniform set as part of the transition. Wahoo is no longer on caps and on sleeves of the uniform. Instead, the Indians are embracing the Block C on all caps and the Wahoo patch instead will featuring the All-Star Game patch.

Their red jersey is actually a nice look, giving us a reminder of the bold red uniforms they wore. I actually think the red jersey works and it is a fresh new look. Especially since the navy version of this was worn so often in previous years. That navy jersey is gone now.

That home cap that pairs with it makes the most sense. The same Block C logo but it still gives the Indians in a sense the same home look with a navy cap with red brim.

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What is a throwback uniform?

Today I encountered an interesting debate on Twitter when I saw this post.

The list talks about the best throwback uniforms in the NFL and the #1 spot went to the Chargers.

Wait? The Chargers are wearing throwbacks this year? Well, actually, they aren’t. But somehow, this article included this set into the throwback debate.

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Oakland A’s early postseason exit isn’t the final chapter

This season wasn’t supposed to be like this for the Oakland Athletics. They were expected to maybe finish in third place at best in the division. The team was supposed to be contending for the postseason in 2019. Maybe 2020. No, they were not supposed to be here.

But they arrived sooner than expected. They got 97 wins and got into the postseason as a wild-card team. That’s how stacked this American League was. Three teams had at least 100 wins and the A’s at 97 wins had to settle for the second wild-card spot.

And that’s what made this season so special. Sure, it sucks that they lost their wild-card game and their postseason dreams were dashed just like that. But what can you do when the rotation was made up of spare parts and a bunch of inexperienced players lead the team to the postseason?

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is what we needed after such a long wait

This is a sports blog, but sometimes, I have to write about other things that are important to me. And we will dive into the world of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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I remember telling my friend that this movie was going to be my people’s “Black Panther” in which all the Asian folks will flock the theaters and be so proud of their heritage. This movie had so much high expectations for me. I wanted it to be that important for my people. And even though it won’t live up to the hype of T’Chala and Wakanda, I couldn’t have asked for a better movie for my people.

The hype leading up to the movie’s release was the same narrative: First major Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since “The Joy Luck Club” 25 years ago. And that narrative needed to be repeated over and over again. I was too young to even know about “The Joy Luck Club” and the portrayal and representation of Asians in American pop culture is so minimal. There are few leading roles and they’re a lot of stereotypes. And also there are a lot of whitewashing Asian roles. It’s a hard thing for me to grow up with not having any true representation.

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Seeing the Ramon Laureano catch and throw live was special

On Saturday I was at Angel Stadium and I saw the greatest catch of my lifetime.

I was sitting near the A’s dugout when this play happened. I didn’t realize the time how difficult the catch was. I saw it and was shocked that he made the catch.

Then it all was a blur. The ball was in the air and reached Mark Canha’s glove to complete the double play. What did I just witness?

I still was processing that the ball did not hit the cut-off man. It was after viewing numerous replays did it come to me that the throw was at 321 feet and it was on the money.

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