September 29, 2009 |
The Washington Redskins' loss to the Detroit Lions, ending the Lions' 19-game losing streak, opened the floodgates of media criticism in and around D.C. The Washington Post's Mike Wise, in a column headlined "A Debacle From Top To Bottom," called the Redskins' performance a "dumpster fire -- this abomination of a loss." Post blogger Dan Steinberg called the defeat the worst sports moment of the year in D.C., which is saying something in the home of the Nationals. Steinberg wrote: "Redskins lose to the NFL's worst team, ending the Lions' 19-game losing streak.
October 22, 2012 |
Washington loves its Pigskins. Pigskins? Yes, a Washington newspaper has dropped the use of Redskins in referring to the town's pro football team. After surveying readers, the Washington City Paper came up with Pigskins over names such as the Washington Monuments, Washington Half-Smokes and Washington Washingtons. The name of the team, which actually plays in Maryland, has long been the subject of debate. But the weekly D.C. paper polled its readers after the Kansas City Star public editor recently defended his publication's long-standing policy of referring to the Redskins in stories as "the Washington team.
October 9, 2013 |
The Washington Redskins name-change fight is heating up. Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who previously insisted he would never change the team's nickname even though some people find it offensive, wrote a letter to his team's season-ticket holders defending his position. "I've listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name," Snyder said in the letter. "But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too. " In response Wednesday, Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter wrote: "We are glad to see that Mr. Snyder is listening to the growing number of critics on this issue...
January 10, 2013 |
Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C., said the Redskins must consider a name change if the team wants to move from FedEx Field in Landover, Md., to a stadium inside the District of Columbia. “I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there's no doubt there's going to have to be a discussion about that,” Gray said at a news conference Wednesday. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team and see if a change should be made.
May 1, 2013 |
Hail to the Redtails? If a newly elected District of Columbia councilman has his way, that's what Washington football fans might be singing once the Redskins change their name from a term he and many others consider offensive to Native Americans. David Grosso, an at-large independent, plans on introducing a resolution that would call on the D.C. area's NFL team to change a name that is “racist and derogatory,” he says. The debate isn't a new one, but it has picked up steam again in recent months with a group of Native Americans launching a court battle to force a name change by denying the Redskins federal trademark protection.
October 15, 2013 |
"Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins,'" NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas exhorted viewers during his halftime tirade of Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins game. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. "It is an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent," Costas continued.