The moment more fans reject that paradigm and hold the league accountable will be the moment things will finally change for the better. In a more diverse and tolerant America that increasingly rejects for-profit bigotry, that moment is coming sooner rather than later.
Even before the kickoff, the FSU fans were flaunting their painted faces and chanting their grade-B movie Indian chant, and doing the infamous tomahawk chop. "Yes, we are killers; we are savages who will use our tomahawks to take your scalps."
Atlanta handed New Orleans its fifth straight home loss with a 30-14 win in the Big Easy, which it has been for opposing road teams of late. The Falcons set up a winner takes all showdown with the Panthers next week and eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
The Redskins led the Giants 10-7 at the half and were 52 percent likely to win. Had Griffin's touchdown stood, Washington leading 17-7 at the half, the Redskins' expected win probability increases to 70 percent.
It's been 20 years since a professional football game was played in Los Angeles. For our second-largest city, with all of its wealth, entrepreneurial spirit and energy, that's simply not acceptable. True, you have near-professional quality some years with UCLA and USC. Unfortunately, it's not quite the same.
We call on sports teams with Native American names and mascots to consult with contemporary tribes and follow their guidance. Abandon negative characterizations and where it is mutually desired embrace positive identities so that we may preserve our Native American heritage.
I found five QBs who fit the profile of Griffin: first-time starting QBs with extremely high efficiency scores who suddenly and precipitously fell off over the span of just two years.
Robert Griffin may still have a lot of football left in him, but perhaps we should be asking what type of football that is. Will he ever be truly dynamic again and will he able to improvise with the ease and precision like he used to? These are questions yet to be fully determined, but sadly, we may already know the answer.
"Mascotism," as we might name the use of terms, stereotypes, and images, touches on the very difficult issue of colonialism, domination and racism that is so deeply entrenched in American history and society.
True objectivity involves recognizing that using this racial slur in news coverage is, unto itself, an act of opinion and advocacy on behalf of those who wish to denigrate Native Americans.
Let me start by saying that I'm a fan. But then you did that interview with GQ. I was more than a little disappointed with the things you had to say about the Washington football team's name and logo, and I think we need to have a talk.
The Federal Communications Commission is weighing a petition to ban the use of the name "Redskins" on broadcast outlets.
The true primal identification is with the history, place and the fan's passion. Loving our team no longer means defending the Redskin name; now it means loving our team enough to say that I'm in for the future. I'm in for changing for the better.
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Two thousands years ago violent, revenge-or-die Romans could see that words matter. Why can't the owners of today's Washington team?
As it stands, the Redskins' 1-3 start isn't even the most painful part of their 2014 season. Instead, the team has been dog-piled by bad publicity even before the season began. Embracing the story of the Hominy Indians could be the perfect solution.