Cleveland MLB Team drops logo

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The Cleveland Major League Baseball (MLB) team has dropped their Chief Wahoo logo. It fulfills a promise the club made recently as the logo was deemed offensive. The club unveiled their new uniforms today. The hat logo is now a large red block ‘C’. The team — which still faces criticism for its name, the Indians — began phasing out Chief Wahoo on its uniforms last season. However, there are no plans to drop the name.

A tribute to my friend Randy Tieman

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These are the words I uttered this morning on air: (Paul Graif)

“Randy Tieman was the guy most viewers wanted to watch a game with and have a beer with. The fun-loving nature that Montrealers saw as a sports reporter and anchor on the screen for 34 years was truly who he was off of it. Randy died suddenly at home on Friday. He was just 64.  I had the pleasure and honour of working with “T” as he was known for eight years at CTV. Even though I had just come over from the competition in 2008, I knew I was going to be accepted at CTV when two things happened, Mutsumi Takahashi greeted me in her classy way and said it was a pleasure to have me aboard, and when Randy laughed his contagious laugh and flashed his thousand watt smile over something I said. That laugh has been putting people at ease for decades.  Any room, or stadium that Randy entered immediately lit up. Fans and players alike gravitated to him. Because that big teddy bear you saw on your TVs is exactly what Randy was like. He was easy to talk to about any subject. People always craved that laugh when speaking to Randy and he delivered it effortlessly. He had a unique way of making people around him feel good about themselves. Randy’s love of life, and golf was contagious. He got his first ever hole in one in the spring. He drew in viewers and friends because of that love and his love of the Expos, the Alouettes and his family – and not necessarily in that order. The real measure of a great man was how he was with his family, his colleagues and the public. He never took himself seriously. I never heard a bad word said about Randy. In a rarity, he was both loved and respected by everyone around him. My condolences to his wife Liane and his 4 children – his love for his family was incredible. I had the honour of witnessing it many times on his calls home after a show. It’s strange but I was thinking about Randy just last week and I made a note to call him. I should have just picked up the phone.”

Note: A celebration of Randy’s life will take place this Friday in Lancaster, Ontario. His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Jewish General hospital Foundation-Cancer treatment.

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