Harry Reid wants a Redskins name change

December 19, 2013

I’ve heard from at least two fans who have found one positive in The Bold and the Burgundy soap opera that has enveloped Redskins Park in recent weeks: it seems to have caused a let-up in stories about the Redskins name.

Well, to you two fans, I’m sorry. Because it’s back, courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and The Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the Washington Redskins should change their name.

In an interview with The Hill, Reid said, “I think [Washington Redskins owner Dan] Snyder is so short-sighted on this.”He added, “We live in a society where you can’t denigrate a race of people. And that’s what that is. I mean you can’t have the Washington Blackskins. I think it’s so short-sighted.”

The Hill has now asked a bunch of different politicians about this, so send all your complaints to them. Or your thanks, I suppose.

“It’s official: the three top Democrats in Washington — President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid — are all calling for the Redskins to change their name,” The Hill managing editor Bob Cusack — a self-described avid Jets fan — said in a video accompanying the story.

Reid apparently cited approvingly the Bullets’ name change to the Wizards in making his case. That is an argument that should be relegated to some Congressional shoe closet.

WITTMAN TAKES A BALL TO THE FACE

Many important things happened during the Wizards’ trip to New York: they beat the Knicks, they beat the Nets, Bradley Beal returned, Glen Rice Jr. got hurt, Nene returned, and Randy Wittman became part of what is likely the best D.C. sports photograph of the year. Or decade. Or millennium.

 

LIKE A G

Martell Webster comments.

 

NENE MAKES FACES

Speaking of the Wizards and faces, Nene made some remarkable ones Wednesday night. Via @recordsANdradio.

 

 

WALL BLOCKS DERON WILLIAMS

Last thing: John Wall made possibly the play of the game here by blocking Deron Williams. In truth, the game was essentially decided by that point, but this was sort of the flashy, multi-colored period at the end of the decision. With a happy face in the middle. Via @Truth_About_It.

CHRIS BROWN ON RGIII

Grantland’s Chris Brown has a look back at Robert Griffin III’s season, and it’s considerably less pessimistic than most. Brown’s primary complaint is the frequency and ferocity with which RGIII takes hits, which certainly seems correctable. And there’s also this:

At least statistically, Griffin’s 2013 season rates out better than all but two of Joe Flacco’s six seasons, and that it took Eli Manning until his fifth season to have a better passer rating than the one Griffin managed this year — a year pretty much everyone declared “awful.”

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Spurs are in Golden State at 10:30 on TNT, but I would take advantage of this night off by cleaning your bathroom. All radio and TV listings are here. 

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