As a gift from a sick friend, baseball manager Willie Randolph wears a rubber wristband that sports the phrase “Got Guts” on it. It is a reminder to him about the way he could or should run his team.
“Willie Randolph occasionally fiddled with a blue rubber wristband that said “Got Guts.” It was given to him by Joey Goldberg, an ailing friend. When Randolph is seeking inspiration, like now, he looks at the message and thinks about Goldberg.
Sometimes, Randolph wonders if he should wear other wristbands, ones with the words “Got Passion” and “Got Toughness” and “Got Intensity.” He has watched the Mets play raggedly, has watched the Philadelphia Phillies crawl closer to first place and has heard the mounting criticism of his subdued managerial style.
“If someone said things about your personality that you knew were wrong, how would you feel about it?” Randolph said Tuesday. “I hear people say, ‘Why didn’t you knock over a table?’ Why are you assuming that I didn’t?”
What phrase would you wear on your wrist if you were a baseball coach. Or, what phrase do you already wear?
Sometimes we might take it for granted how much freedom of speech we really have in the United States. Recent outcries about the “I [Heart] Boobies” rubber wristbands has made us reflect on the topic. But a ban in school is much different than prison time. In Cuba, children were arrested for wearing white rubber wristbands that simply said “Cambio” or, “Change.”
“Cuban police rounded up a group of young people wearing white rubber wristbands stenciled with the word “cambio,” or “change,” and held them for hours before releasing them without filing charges, a human rights activist said Thursday.The detentions, which took place Monday, went little-noticed on the island but sparked an outcry three days later in Washington, where top officials and critics of Cuba’s communist” (http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=DSNB&d_place=DSNB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=11CAC56520266090&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM).
If we want to wear a wristband that encourages change in our government, we simply call it a political statement. We can be grateful for our freedom.
In Sacramento, there has been much speculation about the possibility of moving their beloved NBA franchise—the Sacramento Kings—out of the city to Anaheim. In an effort to get more attendance and make more money, the move was looking inevitable. But a partnership with a silicone wristband company may have saved the franchise, even if many people don’t like the company.
“Plans to install new lettering on all four sides of the arena have been put on hold “by mutual agreement,” according to Power Balance spokesman Adam Selwyn.
The ARCO logo and letters were removed earlier this month, leaving just a faint trace of the name that graced the arena since it was built in 1988.
Pacific Neon was prepared to begin putting up the new Power Balance letters and logo last Thursday, sources told News10, but was notified by Maloof Sports & Entertainment on Wednesday that the building wasn’t ready for the new signage.
Arena spokesman Mitch Germann said damage to the building’s fascia from the ARCO signage was more extensive than originally thought and work was underway to repair the stucco.
Selwyn confirmed the reason for the delay is not simply structural.
“Both parties agreed to put it on hold until things become more clear,” Selwyn said, referring to the Maloofs’ negotiations that could lead to them moving the Kings to Anaheim.
The Maloofs and Power Balance announced a strategic alliance last month that included naming the arena for the company that markets silicone wristbands popular with athletes, along with a share of the profits from Power Balance sales.
Selwyn said he would not speculate on whether Power Balance would be interested having its name on an arena that doesn’t host an NBA team” (http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=125525&catid=2).
Will the Sacramento Kings hang on? Is this the answer to their problems?
When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably think to some of the reality TV shows featured on Discovery—jobs like ice trucking, lumberjacking, deep sea fishing. But have you thought about highway cleanup? Workers in California share some of their experiences—and the reason why some wear a “Slow for the Cone Zone” silicone wristband to promote safety:
“When life vests fall from towed boats, Wells sees that they get to a water safety program. When workers find a cell phone, they look for “Mom” on speed dial.
Last week, a colorful wallet found on the roadside was on Wells’ desk awaiting return to its out-of-state owner.
“We try to return people’s things to them,” he said.
But the workers try not to risk their lives for anything. It’s dangerous enough standing alongside whizzing traffic, where sleepy truckers drift and drivers yak on cell phones.
Wells said he’s seen a broken piece of a truck’s leaf springs fly past at freeway speed, and a whole wheel assembly roll off a boat trailer and between maintenance workers.
“It’d rip your leg off like nobody’s business,” said Wells, who wears an orange “Slow for the Cone Zone” silicone wristband.
“A lot of our people get hurt,” he said. “People get killed.”
So if you forget something on the roof, or don’t tie it down, or it falls out of the trunk on the freeway, don’t bother going back for it.
“It’s not worth losing your life over,” Wells said” (http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/02/3441721/trash.html).
I can only imagine what they have to clean up out there. I’m sure every day is an experience.
If you have ever been a loyal fan to a sports team, you know that change is difficult. Changes in longstanding personnel or star players, team colors, and, yes, even the names of the arenas or fields on which they play can be hard to get over. We get so attached to tradition. In Sacramento, fans are voicing their distaste for the change of Arco Arena to Power Balance Pavilion. But it is more than just a name change to many. Some are arguing that the silicone wristband company is just a scam. And it taints the Sacramento Kings organization.
“Effective March 1, Arco Arena will be no more. The Power Balance Pavilion era will be upon us. Over the years I have had many great experiences at Arco Arena. I went to my first concert there (The Offspring). I fell in love with the Sacramento Kings at Arco.
Power Balance Pavilion sounds like a bad omen, the signal to the beginning of the end. It sounds like a placeholder until the Kings can get a new arena in Sacramento or find a new city for the team. Unfortunately, all signs seem to be pointing to the latter. The franchise is fighting a lagging economy, poor record, and sagging attendance.
But most importantly, let’s take a look at the new name: Power Balance Pavilion. Doesn’t that just roll off the tongue? Power Balance makes wristbands that have a treated hologram in them. They are supposed to “increase physical performance and overall quality of life.”
This is all well and good, but there is no scientific evidence supporting these claims. All they have are testimonials of athletes that claim the surgical grade silicone wristbands help them perform. This leads me to my point.
The arena is named after a scam. In fact, a class action lawsuit has been launched against the company. The lawsuit claims that Power Balance misled consumers into thinking their wristbands work. Recently, they admitted there is no scientific evidence available to back up their claims” (http://www.americanrivercurrent.com/new-name-for-arena-is-not-welcome-with-all-1.2019571).
So, is this just bad publicity? Or is it something much worse for the NBA franchise?