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So you're saying that "Redskin" is NOT a racist term?
Yes, I am saying that Redskins is NOT a racist term. I am a Baby Boomer. In my entire life, I have only heard "Redskins" applied to Washington's football team and players, or to other sports teams. When you say Redskins, you are talking football. I cannot speak for those unwashed heathen in Dallas.
A lot of questions there, Bryan. I answer them in order.
The Redskins and RGIII are coy about his return. They say all the right things about "100%" recovery, but the NFL and ESPN MUST believe he will be ready for MNF. You don't think they did that to see Kirk Cousins do you?
Hog Heaven wants to see a few preseason games before making projections. Unlike last year, the Redskins draw a division first place schedule with tougher opponents. We are very optimistic about the long-term prospects for this team. I expect a legit Super Bowl run in 2014.
Respect is given to teams that contend every year. The Redskins made the playoffs three times since 1999. The Ravens made the playoffs five times since 2007, going 9-4 in post-season games, including a Super Bowl win, in that span. The Patriots made the playoffs four times in the last five years, going 3-4 in that span, including a Super Bowl appearance. When the Redskins are perennial contenders like the Ravens and Patriots, they will get that kind of respect.
Brian Orakpo says he is 100%. He said the same last year before he suffered another tear in the same pectoral muscle. Rak says it's a new tear in another spot. The Redskins haven't said anything. You'll have to draw your own conclusion until you see him play.
We addressed the team name in the question above. As for "America's Team," that term is so identified with the Cowboys, that I do not want it for my team. It's like wearing another man's pants. There is a certain "ick" factor. However, I always hoped the NFL would buy the rights from the Jones family and apply "America's Team" to whoever won the Super Bowl. America could buy into that.
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“It doesn’t bother me,” said Robert Green, 66 and chief of the Patawomeck Tribe in Virginia. “About 98 percent of my tribe is Redskins fans, and it doesn’t offend them, either.”
Kevin Brown, 58 and chief of the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, said, “I’m a Redskins fan, and I don’t think there’s any intention for (the nickname) to be derogatory. The majority of the people in my tribe don’t have a problem with it. There are a few who do, and we respect their feelings.
“I like the uniforms. I like the symbol (logo).”
G. Anne Richardson, chief of Virginia’s Rappahannock Tribe, had to stifle a laugh when asked her feelings on the Redskins’ nickname.
“I don’t have an issue with it,” she said. “There are so many more issues that are important for the tribe than to waste time on what a team is called. We’re worried about real things, and I don’t consider that a real thing.
“We’re more worried about our kids being educated, our people housed, elder care and the survival of our culture. We’ve been in that survival mode for 400 years. We’re not worried about how some ball team is named.”
Same story everywhere else. Just 5 college-aged Petitioners who don't know what real-world problems are yet and a bunch of restless house wives are championing this cause along with a councilman who wants to make a name for himself (who can't seem to focus on the real needs of DC, much bigger problems there just as on Native American Reservations). Could of actually done something worthwhile and helped people for a change.
A Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist asked the leaders of three Indian tribes in VA if they are offended by the nickname "Redskins." All three said that they, and the majority of their tribes, are not offended.