Time to change an offensive team name
This hasn’t attracted a lot of attention up here I don’t think but there’s an interesting story that’s been brewing down in Washington, D.C., and I think it’s worth delving into here.
Spurred by the Oneida Indian Nation and also by my friend Mike Wise of the Post, there’s a groundswell of support to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snider to change the name of his team, a movement that’s created enough of a buzz that Snider is going to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.
And I think a name change is order and should probably happen as quickly as possible.
There are those who are deeply offended by the name and have been for years, they see it as defamatory to the Nth degree, a slap in the face.
And if they do, it should go.
This is not some politically correct kneejerk reaction to an issue, this is a long-simmering issue that needs to be resolved and it’s quite simple how to do it:
Take a year or two or however long it takes to recreate some other logo and some other name, don’t use Redskins in that time period and sooth feelings that have been hurt or issues that have long lingered.
As I’ve been reading about this for a while, I can’t remember which columnist offered this question but ask it of yourself:
If you were starting a professional sports franchise in North America today, would you dare to suggest “Redskins” as a possible name?
Not a chance, right?
And I do think there is a difference, and too nuanced, between Redskins and Indians or Blackhawks or Warriors; there a defamatory and offensive tone to the Washington name that sets is apart and needs to be fixed.
Of course, Snider has taken a hardline stand in the past, insisting he would never change the name, citing the team’s history and tradition as the primary reason but it’s gotten to a point of critical mass where it would seem a change in inevitable.
And instead of looking like a thoughtful and somewhat caring team owner who listens and has the greater good in mind, Snider is coming off as some mean-spirited intransigent megalomaniac to some degree.
There are already newspapers in the United States that won’t use the nickname, using only Washington or the home team or something like that in its reports. There have been protests and suggestions of boycotts and even Barrack Obama made his opinion known.
What we are seeing is the will of some people, and the power of the media, working to get a wrong righted and that’s a good thing.
Before there was Duck Dynasty (best reality TV show ever, even better than the Kardashians) these guys made beards cool.
Yes, somewhere in here I did suggest that not only won’t the Miami Heat win a third straight title but they won’t even play for it.
And here’s why.
I think – and this is a guess before Halloween on what might happen in May – that they won’t get past whichever of Chicago or Indiana they meet in the second round.
Can you see Miami finishing first the East, Chicago second, Brooklyn third by virtue of an Atlantic Division win and Indy fourth? Or even swap Indy and Chicago.
That sets up a tough second round series for the Heat and they could lose.
Let’s talk in May and see who gets to gloat; just remember that I’ve always said making picks is a mug’s game, guess I’m a mug.
And not to worry, The Good Editor and I will have lots of Raptors related preview stuff sometime today.
Don’t forget we’re going to be here tomorrow at noon to move the weekly Q and A to a more newsworthy time; I’ll have my handy dandy and good editors helping out as always – they tend to make stories and answers better -- so it’ll be well worth your while to stop by.
Yes, the TV schedule for the Raptors is entirely screwed up – we’ll get to that in a second – but there is good news for some of the games at least.
Sam is back!
Yep, the one and only S. Mitchell, who has turned into something of an accomplished broadcaster these days, is going to be part of TSN’s shows on a handful of occasions this season, including Wednesday night’s opener against Boston.
We all know Sam won’t pull any punches and I think it’s a solid add even if it is to a ridiculously crowded broadcast lineup.
Plus,, he’s fun to talk to and I can’t wait to see him around arena; maybe I can show him how to decompress post-game every now and then.
As for the schedule itself, it’s on nba.com if you go here but it’s not final or official because the two monolithic media companies that own the majority of the organization can’t get out of their own way to sign off on a final day.
I guess when you’ve got TSN and TSN1 and Sportsnet and SportsnetOne and all their regional outlets and now the network formerly known as The Score (It’s Sportsnet 360 or somesuch these days) it’s hard to figure out who gets what and there is some in-fighting, I’m told, over what’s considered a national broadcasts and the like.
I figure if they just get two bigwigs to go sit at lunch at some Swiss Chalet, have some chicken and get to work, they could solve the problem in a day but I guess not.
The one interesting thing is going to be who does what show since they are competing entities trying to work things out.
I do know it’s going to be Matt and Jack some nights, Matt and Leo some nights, the radio is going to be Smith and Jones except some nights when it’ll be a TV simulcast with Jones and Jack and then you’ve got Sherman Hamilton and who knows else involved in pre- and post-game shows.
I tell you, for a team that’s owned by media outlets, it’s a mess and tad bit embarrassing, don’t you think?