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Jay Greeson

For a Chicago Cubs fan, the "You're Outta Here!" call came quickly and with little regard to intent or circumstance.

Earlier this week, as a black sideline reporter was on camera near the dugout, a faceless fan made a hand gesture behind him.

It was the upside-down OK sign, and the interwebs let us know that in the last few years, it has been adopted by a white supremacist organization.

For a lot of us, the hand sign was harmless, used to get someone to look at the circle and then get to punch them in the arm for looking.

Today, however, the interweb caught fire and the Cubs — including the spokesman who had zero idea before reading the stories online that it was an offensive gesture these days — banned the fan for life.

Guilty. Banned. Gone.

All before anyone spoke to the fan or asked the first question.

Hey, if the dude — his identity is still unknown — is a member of a hate group, then his actions behind a black reporter deserve swift and harsh action.

But for an organization paying millions to an admitted wife-beater, jumping to an immediate decision is more than wrong.

It's unjust, unfair and completely ignores any measure of understanding.

 

Home sweet home

Tickets are moving fast for ChattaBrewGa.

Apparently people enjoy beer in the summertime. Who knew?

It also is the latest play on our town's multisyllable name.

But are we really making the most of this opportunity?

Find the folks on the cutting edge of technology, and offer them an extended event right here in Chatta-NEW-ga.

Why stop there?

Let's start Chatta-Skipp-to-my-LOO-ga for the old-school hoedown dancers everywhere.

Chatta-TAT-anooga for the skin artists everywhere.

Chatta-SUE-ga for litigators around the country to discuss settle or see-you-in-court techniques.

BAT-anooga for the lovers of those flying mammals or Louisville Slugger collectors.

I'm open to all of them.

 

What's in a name

Speaking of names, there was a royal birth this week, and apparently two new parents in England who have way more money than sense named their son Archie.

Hey, everyone loves Archie Manning. He raised Peyton and Eli.

Still, Archie is hardly a common name these days. It was ranked 992nd in America(?), according to the Social Security website, which released the most popular names from 2018.

But is Archie a 'royal' name? In terms of being king of the quarterback castle, sure.

It also is a lot more royal than, say, Jughead.

But the name King ranked 150th in 2018. The name Prince ranked 318th and the name Duke was 531st.

Some names are simply classic. Some have been cycled and recycled back.

A century ago, the most popular names for newborn girls were, in order, Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret and Ruth. For newborn boys in 1919, it was John, William, James, Robert and Charles.

In 2018 the rankings went Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia for girls, which is the exact order from 2017. For boys, it was Liam, Noah, William, James and Oliver replacing Logan for the No. 5 spot.

William and James have stood the test of time.

 

Saturday stars

This one is easy.

Moms, thanks. Enjoy your weekend. You have more than earned it.

And guys, know this: You only have one momma. Make the most of every chance you get to tell her how much you love her.

I know I wish I had said it more than I did when I had those chances.

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com.

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