A US Court of Appeals found in favor of the Redskins in the ongoing lawsuit over whether the name Redskins is offensive. This was based mostly on a technicality that the native americans that sued waited too long to file the suit. Essentially, they waited too long to be offended which frankly seems a bit silly to me.
I know this is controversial in the Redskins fan community, but seriously, we need to prepare for the inevitable reality that one day the Redskins will have a new name. The name is genuinely offensive to some people, and you don’t need to be a lawyer to realize that one day the Skins are going to run out of loop holes.
Personally, I think Dan ought to take a lesson from the page of fellow Washington sports team owner, Abe Polin, and change the team’s name on his own terms before someone forces him to change it. It is going to hurt. I have no doubt the last time I sing Hail to the Redskins is going to be a sad moment. And let’s face it, half the fun of the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry is the cowboys and indians aspect. But since it is going to happen, let’s get it over with. And besides, if you are Dan Snyder, doesn’t this sound like a great chance to sell a whole new batch of jerseys, t-shirts, hats, etc? In a strange way, he’s sitting on a gold mine.
Anyway, like I said, I don’t want to change the team name. Or more precisely, I want to have grown up loving a team that has had a less offensive name for the last 75 years so I don’t have to go through this. But it WILL happen. It is a matter of time. Anyone feel like tossing out some suggestions? Anyone feel like yelling at me for suggesting it? Go for it below.