— Cleveland_Scene (@Cleveland_Scene) January 8, 2014
The Cleveland Indians are reportedly making the move to making their primary logo the “Block C’”. If true, this has been a move that has been coming and evolving over the past few years. The Indians have one of the more controversial logos in Chief Wahoo, which has been deemed offensive by plenty of critics.
Whenever discussion of the Washington Redskins comes up, there are people who deflect or include the Indians and Chief Wahoo into the discussion. The Indians have not made a rash decision. This has been an ongoing evolution over the past several years. The Block C has been more and more common, while Chief Wahoo has quietly been disappearing. When the Block C has been on the hat, Chief Wahoo usually only appears on the sleeve.
The Indians are not officially getting rid of Chief Wahoo, but that certainly seems to be where this is ultimately going. Chief Wahoo may disappear from the sleeve soon and without much fanfare. The team name has never been made an issue; just the logo. There will be some who claim the Indians have wilted under public pressure and there might be a part that rings true, but ultimately they have been making this move for years and taking themselves out of that conversation. As a result, Washington fans have one less team to try to deflect the conversation towards in their defense of their team’s nickname.