San Diego radio hosts mock Chris Cooley’s Redskins-Chargers comparison


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Sorry. Big Nats-Braves series this week, though. And I have high hopes for Ecuador-Honduras.  – DS

Wednesday, Chris Cooley made it clear that he is fed up with the debate over the Redskins name. So he did the thing many supporters of the Redskins name have done: picking another team’s name and trying to find a way it could be offensive.

I don’t like the Chargers because I want to protect the ozone, all right guys? I feel like there’s a global warming issue, and I don’t like the name Chargers, because they’re promoting electricity. Eff electricity, and eff the Chargers name. I have a problem with them.

As such things do, this comment got passed around, eventually winding up with  Judson Richards and Mike Costa, who host “The Drive” on San Diego’s Xtra Sports 1360 AM. So they played the audio. Then they commented. You can listen to the full segment here.

Apologies for not knowing which host was which, and I believe this was just a two-man conversation, although I wouldn’t wager money on it. Also, please do enjoy the purple clouds and polka-dotted daisies you’ll notice out your office window.

So this came directly after Cooley said he didn’t like the Chargers.

Host 1: Well you got us there.

Host 2: Succinct, to the point, and boy, that smacks. That hurts, as a San Diegan.

Host 1: Do you want to clarify one reason why that’s a really really idiotic thing to say?

Host 2: Well, anybody worth their science salt would know that electricity actually helps the ozone level, which is deteriorating extremely fast, with greenhouse gases and whatnot. But yeah, electricity helps. And then for those of us who use solar, hello, we’re not even using electricity. Well, we are, but we’re using it because it’s powered by the sun.

Host 1: Yeah, if we covered the San Diego Fossil Fuels, then maybe he’d have a point. But we are not the San Diego Fossil Feuls.

Host 2: We’re not. And I feel like they are taking something that is rather serious and making a joke out of it, albeit a really really bad one.

Host 1: By Chris Cooley making fun, saying ‘Well, you know what, I don’t like the Chargers, and trying to make that connection,’ are they trying to tell us that we think this Redskins thing is just superfluous, it’s stupid, it’s idiotic, we shouldn’t even be talking about it, that’s how dumb it is?

Host 2: That’s what I take away, when you’re making an analogy like I’m not going to root for the Chargers because they’re affecting the ozone layer.

Host 1: Right. And there’s not a power converter generator out there that’s going ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe Chris Cooley’s saying that about me, I make electricity, why’s he doing that?’ No.

Host 2: You mean there isn’t some outlet in our wall that’s going ‘Damn you Chris Cooley!’

Host 1: So he’s saying that the outlet and the Native American who takes offense to the name Redskins, they’re one and the same.

Host 2: Yeah.

Host 1: Okay.

And indeed, the practice of comparing the Redskins name to other NFL teams on matters of offense is running rampant right now. Some of you probably find this an effective strategy, and others of you probably don’t. Here’s a lengthy e-mail I received this week arguing that every NFL team could offend someone, etc. etc.

Here are some other politically correctness to consider: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward. Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60′s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying….Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing congress loves.

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