I have previously posted that the Redskins should change their name, not simply for politically correct reasons, but mainly because the issue is a distraction that takes attention away from the team itself. And that scenario played itself out again, as after the Redskins game with the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, that wasn’t the only thing people were talking about.
During halftime of the Redskins 31-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, NBC analyst Bob Costas took some time to make his opinions known about the Redskins name controversy. And he feels the name is an insult and a slur. Costas is an award-winning sports commentator and he is well-known for voicing his opinions on a variety of issues.
But regardless of how he feels on the issue, it more than likely won’t change very many minds at this time. But this issue is nothing new, as it’s been building for many years. However, the longer this fight drags out, I’m afraid it will get to the point where the issue might become bigger than the team. And what point would that serve?
Owner Daniel Snyder will continue to make statements in support of the name and the history behind it, but that will do nothing to stop the snowball effect. Because the more Snyder defends the name, the more the opposition will dig in with their opposition to it. The more Snyder fights the more fuel it will add to the fire.
It’s admirable how Snyder is sticking to his guns on this issue. He truly seems to believe that he is in the right side of this issue, and will fight tooth and nail to preserve the Redskin name. But unfortunately for him, I don’t think this is a fight he can win. Because even if the Redskins name never changes, the team will still receive a constant barrage of negative publicity because of it.
Keeping the Redskins name isn’t helping the team win, it’s only adding to the issues his team is having to become a consistent winner on the field. The longer this issue goes on, the more the Washington Redskins will not only be just a football team, but a lightning rod of controversy. And as long as the Redskins remains the nickname of the team, this controversy will endure.