Further signs that idiots are running the asylum and greed is ruining sports (not that these thoughts haven't been said aloud previously in the past, oh, 30, or 80 years, but anyway:)
1) The San Jose Earthquakes, two time champion of Major League Soccer are not only moving from there to Houston, TX, they are changing their nickname to "1836." This idea was inspired by German soccer teams using the year their teams were founded as their nickname - as in, C Schalke 04, TSV 1860 Munich, and so on. But the Houston franchise didn't pick theyear it was founded, instead it chose the year the city of Houston was founded. Or more specifically, the year it was wrested away from Mexico.
Houston has 1.7 million Latinos.
The team's logo has a picture of Sam Houston on horseback. Do they think Latinos will happily wear team shirts?
Memo to the team: Please fire your marketing department, start over, choose new nickname. Memo to the league: Wake up. And read Raul Ramos' piece on the Houston Chronicle and Graham Jones' piece on this in the LA Times.
2) Monday Night Football will now officially suck (the games this past year sucked for the most part but at least there was Madden and Michaels calling the action): As it switches over to ESPN next season, the new announcing team will be Mike Tirico, Joe Thiesmann, and Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser. Suck, suck, and suck. A bad announcer joined by two irritating analysts. What, Dennis Miller wasn't available, too? Can't wait. ESPN just spent a lot of money on games that less and less people will watch.
Houston 1836... mumble.... mumble...
update: However, MNF's Al Michaels was traded to NBC for a cartoon bunny (I'm not making this up), so perhaps all this sportscaster and broadcast rights-swapping makes sense after all.