The Grand National Championships

November 26, 2007

This! Week! In! RACISM!

Brew Crew Ball has found a really unfortunate connotation. For those of you that don’t know, the Brewers have an affiliate in the Low Class A South Atlantic League. They call themselves the West Virginia Power. And like any good minor league affiliate, they have merchandising.


This is their home jersey. It is available for 65 dollars and goes to size XXL. But that’s not exactly the problem, now is it?

Here’s what they’re selling the thing as.

That’s right. A West Virginian Baseball team is selling a White Power Jersey. If you want your White Power Jersey. You can order online. I know David Duke’s excited on hearing this news.

Oh, and it so easily could have been called a Home Power Jersey too.





  1. Have no fear: they’re at least fair and balanced:

    Comment by George — November 26, 2007 @ 4:06 pm |Reply

  2. Pshew. Thank goodness for that, huh?

    Comment by Andrew — November 26, 2007 @ 4:25 pm |Reply

  3. I would wear the black power pullover when I’m on the podium accepting my gold medals.

    Comment by Elvi Patterson! — November 26, 2007 @ 5:27 pm |Reply

  4. Is it bad that I laughed at this entire situation? What was going on in the mind of the person who wrote that description?

    Comment by teufelmann — November 26, 2007 @ 5:37 pm |Reply

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  6. Haha, that’s fairly hilarious.

    Comment by steelyknives — November 26, 2007 @ 8:39 pm |Reply

  7. OMG! That is amazing, wrong, but still amazing!

    Comment by Myles — November 26, 2007 @ 9:36 pm |Reply

  8. It’s the Jews Stupid

    Comment by pcapostate — November 26, 2007 @ 11:52 pm |Reply

  9. For clarification, the “white” and “black” on the website are indicative of the actual color of the “Power jersey.”
    Hence, it’s a Power jersey that is white, not a “White Power” jersey.
    Given your blatant disregard for grammar evidenced by the rest of your post, however, I can’t say I’d expect you to understand this concept. (e.g.: ending sentences with a preposition, disagreement of tenses within sentences, fragment sentences, etc.)

    Comment by phillium — November 27, 2007 @ 12:13 am |Reply

  10. Mr. Teufelmann, Myles, it is not bad to laugh at this situation. It was presented in a comedic context. In turn, if a belly laugh or two came from the post, it does me as well as you good.

    (But if it makes you feel better, it did amuse the Nation of Islam Sportsblog greatly.)

    Comment by Andrew — November 27, 2007 @ 4:16 am |Reply

  11. Fairly Hilarious? That’s all I wanted. I’m here for analysis and amusement. And for you, I guess it was a job well done.

    Comment by Andrew — November 27, 2007 @ 4:18 am |Reply

  12. The Jews? Stupid? Well I never!

    This is what those “chosen people” have brought to America. Whatever diaspora that you wish to claim is moot. Driedel Girl can heal any divide.

    Comment by Andrew — November 27, 2007 @ 4:29 am |Reply

  13. Phill,

    Thank you for your comment in regards to grammar. I would discuss this matter further, but with my fairly hilarious posting schedule I cannot.

    Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers to get that humor transplant you seem to be in need of. Or failing that, a good lesson in historical connotation, as that is what this post was based on.

    The senior Senator of the great state of West Virginia knows what I’m talking about. He was one of those members of that one group whom shouted “White Power” on a regular basis. You know, those guys who go on Springer and have a KKK Khristmas?

    Thanks for reading.



    Comment by Andrew — November 27, 2007 @ 4:31 am |Reply

  14. I really hope this is meant as satire–if you are actually suggesting that the description of the jersey with the color of the jersey written like this: “(white)” is somehow racist–then we are all truly lost. If this is satire–good job–hillarious work.

    Comment by mklasing — November 27, 2007 @ 2:17 pm |Reply

  15. That team used to be called the “alleycats,” which was a pretty forgettable and meaningless (if endearing) name for a baseball team, and I enjoyed not a few games out there. But West Virginia, being a colony for coal extraction with a legislature that phones coal executives for permission to wipe their bottoms, couldn’t have such a name, so now we’re blessed with a team that reminds us that “coal keeps the lights on,” in case we’re ever in danger of forgetting. I laughed at your post, but the sad truth is that name refers to the fact that coal, not democracy, is the real power in WV.

    Comment by zunguzungu — November 27, 2007 @ 3:07 pm |Reply

  16. Now that is nitpicking! If they only have “white” players on the team, I could see it, but it is not as if they have nooses as a team symbol. Gatorade is not aimed at giving alligators power, ya know.

    If you really want to see some prime examples of racism visit or Alexandria’s Town Talk newspaper forum.

    Comment by izzy99 — November 27, 2007 @ 4:25 pm |Reply

  17. Izzy, have some respect…Gatorade is dead!

    Comment by Elvi Patterson! — November 27, 2007 @ 10:21 pm |Reply

  18. There’s a conspiracy afoot!

    Comment by Andrew — November 28, 2007 @ 9:16 am |Reply

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