So, just for the record, here’s a statement the National Congress of American Indians — a group that has been around since 1944 — put out last week on the matter:
NCAI supports Mayor Gray’s statement that the NFL’s Washington football team should only return to the nation’s Capital when the team’s name is changed. It’s time for the NFL and the Washington football team to join the 21st century and leave the mockery and racism of the past where it belongs, in the past. Mayor Gray joins a chorus of common sense voices in the Washington, DC area and beyond, who view the archaic and outdated mascot and name of the team as a blemish on the otherwise outstanding reputation of the people of the DC region, and the players and fans of the team.
I’m not saying this should or should not change your opinion on anything. Just, to me, it’s kind of a more interesting statement than anything that comes from Mike Wise’s pen. No offense, Wise.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Boz on the Soriano deal: “The Nats owner, feathers ruffled on several fronts in recent months, just spoke loudly without saying a word. Let’s see a show of hands now: Who doesn’t think the Nats will ever have another chance to go to a World Series? Speak up. Soriano certainly seems like Lerner’s rebutal.”
* Jason Reid on the 2013 Wizards: “They’ve been more fun to watch recently. That’s a good place to start.”
* The Caps’ blue-liners should have more freedom and discretion under Adam Oates.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
A.J. Price, on the Wizards’s three-game win streak:
“These games have not been flukes. We have just been playing very well. Really don’t think it would matter who the opponent was.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Maryland hosts N.C. State at 7 on ESPN2. Georgetown hosts Providence at 7 on MASN. The Wizards are in Sacramento at 10 on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
All injured Washingtonians should make their limbs homages to RGIII. Via @NatsHR2Win.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Gilbert Arenas, doing Gilbert Arenas things in China. Via Mister Irrelevant.
BEER NEAR NATS PARK
An update on some of the many beer dispensaries that will soon be located near Nats Park, making it an infinitely more festive place to go hang out.