Another Reason To Hate The New Astros Management…

From ESPN comes this:

You wouldn’t expect to see gun control happening in Texas, but that’s what will be taking place at a few Astros games this year.

Here’s the deal: The Astros are marking their 50th anniversary this season, so they’ll be wearing an assortment of throwback uniforms for Friday home games. That includes the uniform of the Houston Colt .45s, which was the team’s name for the first three years of the franchise’s existence.

But in a move that’s outraging uniform historians and firearms fans alike, the Astros have decided to make a significant tweak to the Colt .45s jersey design. They’re removing the smoking handgun.

As Hit Girl might say…

27 comments to Another Reason To Hate The New Astros Management…

  • Because, of course, an illustration of a firearm may cause Texans to start liking guns.

  • Scott M.

    Is that a basketball team?

  • Scott M.

    Malt liquor…aka South Memphis Champagne!

  • Dang, Outlaw, today is just not your baseball day.

  • This is the same crap like they decided the Washington Bullets couldn’t be the Bullets anymore because made people think that Washington was dangerous. Huh? It is dangerous!

  • Matt Helm

    It could be worse … they could have put a picture of Billy Dee Williams with a can of beer in place of the gun.

  • Dr. Schplatt

    They just need to stick this picture on the front instead.

  • Stosh from da Sticks

    Sadly defunct: Eugene Bombers, Toronto Rifles (CFL); San Antonio Gunslingers (USFL). RIP.

    Only unambiguously weaponized professional team name I can come up with that’s still ticking along: the Buffalo Sabres (NHL). Not that an actual sabre would do you that much good in the dicier neighborhoods of Buffalo.

    Now obviously the education establishment has been way too busy chasing down institutions with Indian names, as somehow they’ve let slide the Gettysburg College Bullets and the Ithaca College Bombers. Not too sure about the Tracers of Ohio Zanesville – that one might be a bit ambiguous.

    And by the way, do you all know there are about a dozen colleges whose athletes go by the moniker of “Crusaders”? Any guesses how along a particularly easily-offended seqment of our society will be up in arms (hopefully only figuratively) about that?

    • Rufus

      The one that amazes me is the Missouri Tigers. They got their name from a border war that also gave the Kansas Jayhawka theirs. The Missourians were said to have “fought like Tigers” against the Kansans. What was the battle about? Slavery. The Jayhawks were trying to abolish it and the “Tigers” were fighting to keep it.

      • Stosh from the Sticks

        Interesting – didn’t know that. But given all the “Tigers” in college sports, and the general ignorance of history of the average American (in this case, including me), Mizzou’s got all the plausible deniability it needs.

        I still don’t understand “Rawk Chalk Jayhawk”, however.

        • Rufus

          I still don’t understand “Rawk Chalk Jayhawk”, however.

          Over to you, Doc Schplatt…

        • Rufus

          Which is a great indicator of te idiocy of these battles. The history, the real truth, doesn’t matter. What matters is iconography. Chief Illiniwek is an Indian?! Well, that must be offensive! He must be eliminated. Let’s not do any research to learn he is revered and treated with tremendous honor and respect. And yet, one state over a Bengal Tiger is an homage to those who fought to keep Blacks in chains, but thanks to ignorance the historically honorable one has been eliminated and the historically racist one remains.

          Another victory for Political Correctness!

          • Rufus

            Stop the presses! I just found an official site that claims the Missouri Tigers were a Union regiment.

            I know I’ve also seen an official reference to their being a pro-slavery contingent who fought the Kansans.

            I’ll try to pin down the correct answer…

            • Tracy,txmom2many

              We’ll be waiting….

            • Scott M.

              Bushwackers,Rufus….the abolitionist forces were called “Redlegs”.In 1863,the Missouri irregulars sacked Lawrence,Kansas(see the movie “Ride With The Devil”).As for “Rawk Chalk Jayhawk”,it has something to do with the Department of Geology at KU…I think.

              • Rufus

                Scott, I did some more reading today and you’re definitely right about the Bushwackers term. The official University website claims there was a Union regiment stationed around the University that fought back confederate forces and that’s where the Tiger name come from. However, I know I saw a reference to “they fought like Tigers” regarding a border skirmish with Jayhawks, but I can’t find anything on the web about that. Actually, I hope I am wrong. I’d like to think the University is honoring Union troops.

                • Scott M.

                  It’s confusing,Rufus.The pro Union Kansans were also called “Jayhawkers”(not “Jayhawks”).The borderland between Kansas and Missouri was a pretty awful place.

                • Matt Helm

                  They made a movie about that in the late 70s called, Here Come the Tigers. Only it was changed to a Little League team so they wouldn’t be sued by any living descendants.

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