Fans of the Washington football team are understandably preoccupied these days with what has gone wrong in a season expected to be successful. The team is 3-12 and has lost seven straight games (and counting, though the last two defeats were each by a mere point) — an eternity in football, in which the season lasts only 16 games. Dysfunction has been rampant, which perhaps could have been expected on a team that has a high-profile, high-maintenance coach, quarterback and owner.

Sports coaches and players are routinely discharged with money still to be paid on their contracts, and it seems unlikely that coach Mike Shanahan, approaching the end of the fourth year of a five-year contract, will return in 2014; his record is now 24-39. Not what Washington anticipated from a coach who won two Super Bowls in Denver. And what is it with sports teams and nepotism; Shanahan’s son holds the position of offensive coordinator.

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In an interview last October, President Obama told the Associated Press that he would "think about changing" the name of the team. (I'd supply a link if the comments software would let me do so, but people can google for it.) That's a pretty mild endorsement of a name change, but it's not nothin'.

What convinced me was the person who asked if I'd be comfortable sitting down with a group of American Indians and calling them "redskins" to their faces. Uh, no. No, I wouldn't. The FNP is right. Change the name — and not to the Washington Blaines, please.


If people see it as a slur now, then it probably IS a slur. However, it was not why then took that name. Nobody picks out a slur to use for a nickname. It defies sense. It was done out of respect and honor. It could continue that way if every year they worked with Native Americans with scholarships and other means. It is really not the name, but waht they do with it that counts.

For all I care they could be the "Pigskins" and go back tot he "Hogs" for mascots.


If the bottom line is m-o-n-e-y, are football fans boycotting games because of the team's name or are the owners crying all the way to the bank? Do the American Indians really care about the Redskins name or is this more a political problem stirred up by moralistic white progressives? Personally, I place professional football in the same category as pro wrestling. The winner of the Super Bowl has already been decided and it's all over but the betting.

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