Redskins fans chant ‘Keep the Name’ in Denver

October 28, 2013

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

I’ll again limit myself to one catch-all name-stuff round-up today. And I know you think I write about this too much, but jeez, Dan Snyder’s letter has been the top story on Redskins.com for more than two weeks now.

KEEP THE NAME CHANTS
During the team’s weekly Saturday night rallies before road games, fans chanted “Keep the Name,” at great volume. Video via the Redskins.

NANCY PELOSI
I can’t tell you why reporters are asking Congresspersons about this anymore than I can tell you why the Redskins didn’t run the ball in the fourth quarter on Sunday, but The Hill asked Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi believes the Washington Redskins should find a new name. In an interview with The Hill, the California Democrat said it “probably would be a good idea if they change the name.”….Pelosi noted she has been focusing on other issues, but is aware that Native American groups have criticized the name as a slur.

She also said “Hail to the Redskins” was one of the first songs she learned as a child.

LOU REED AND THE NAME
Just attempting to prove that every single news development in the world can be linked to this one.

 

MARINE CORPS MARATHON AND THE NAME
I rest my case.

 

ROGER GOODELL IN LONDON
Of course someone asked Roger Goodell about the name when he was in London for Jaguars-49ers. Via Peter King:

“I walked around our house singing, ‘Hail to the Redskins’ as a kid. So it’s something I always looked at as a very positive thing. But I understand the other side of that.”

“We have to listen to people with a different viewpoint and we are doing that,” the AP also quoted Goodell saying.

MIKE SHANAHAN’S POSTGAME PRESSER
Hard as this may be to believe, I don’t think I’ve ever asked anyone for an opinion on the Redskins name. Not that I recall, anyhow. And I certainly can’t imagine doing it in a post-game locker room, or during a post-game press conference. But someone went there with Mike Shanahan Sunday in Denver.

“What would you say to the Colorado Native Americans who find your team’s name offensive?” someone asked.

“I’m not gonna go down that road at this time,” Shanahan replied. “My job right now is to take care of the football team. That’s not my issue right now.”

Maybe I’m wrong, but I would think we could at least find consensus that Mike Shanahan should not be made to answer for the team name during post-game press conferences.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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