A couple of Redskins from the glory days have been vocal in supporting the Redskins name, from Joe Theismann (“I was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins, and I did it to honor Native people in that regard”) to Jeff Bostic (“Show me how the representation of the name Redskins in the WASHINGTON Redskins has ANY negative connotation.”)
Now a couple more players from the ’80s have weighed in — players at least as beloved as Theismann and Bostic — and they have a slightly different view.
“[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” Art Monk said on WTOP early Tuesday morning, adding that he thinks a name change should be “seriously considered.”
“It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,’ ” said Darrell Green, who joined Monk during the interview, which was scheduled to promote a training-camp venture.
And look, whatever your feelings on this issue, I think you’d probably agree that Art Monk and Darrell Green are going to move the needle far more than any sports columnist.
BAD JERSEY OF THE NIGHT
Either bad or awesome. Up to you. Via @allenjkha.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
The Nats turnaround didn’t start on Monday. The humor got dark.
William Howard Taft = Free agent mistake. Fat, aging, bad clubhouse influence. Send him down.
— Let Teddy Win! (@LetTeddyWin) July 23, 2013
VINE OF THE NIGHT
The video-assisted humor was dark, too.
Davey, do you like the moves the Nats made today? https://t.co/jAfk4PKyW7
— Jake Whitacre (@jakewhitacre) July 22, 2013
A PODCAST LINK
I was on Slate’s “Hangup and Listen” sports podcast this week. The topics included golf, cycling and Scrabble, three topics on which I have an incredible lack of expertise. But I got to say “poop” and “urine.”
VIDEO OF THE DAY
“Check out what Robert Griffin III thinks about #Springblade as he sees it for the first time and examines the innovative technology behind the first running shoe designed to help propel you forward,” reads the Adidas promo.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Pirates at 7 on MASN. They’re probably going to win by 400 or so, after all this gloom. All TV and radio listings are here.