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October 23, 2013

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.....

I love sports. The young Dark Lord was an anomaly in the women's sports world of the time: as good as the guys but nowhere to play other girls at that level. I have my favorites - football, baseball and women's college basketball. I don't follow them all, but I know and understand most of them enough to be able to watch a game intelligently. And if I don't know the game, I know enough to watch intently and (try) not to ask (too many) stupid questions.

With that in mind, let's look at a few things happening in the sport's world:

Seems, once again, that the rinse and repeat contrived controversy over the Washington Redskins team name has reared it's greasy head yet again. Fortuately for us, though, we have Super Divider-In-Chief who loves nothing more than sticking his nose into any business that doesn't have the slightest relationship with actual governance-- the more divisive, the better. Shortly after that, football fans tuning in to Sunday Night Football were *treated* to yet another opinion of announcer Bob Costas during the halftime interval:

"Redskins can’t possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait. Nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent."

Can't possibly honor a heritage? No matter how benign the present-day intent? Which one is it? Costas' rant reminds me of this ESPN commercial. It would be nice if the people who get up on their soapbox would at least take the time to have some cursory knowledge about that with which they would preach:
"Goddard shows that the term redskin is a translation from native American languages of a term used by native Americans for themselves."

The origins of the term "redskins" were as benign then as Costas' so-called present-day intent. (Question: If the present day intent is so damn benign why are we having this discussion yet again?) And, as Goddard stated in an interview, "When it first appeared as an English expression in the early 1800s, 'it came in the most respectful context and at the highest level,....These are white people and Indians talking together, with the white people trying to ingratiate themselves.'"
Costas, however, hasn't been paying attention to the world outside this tiny corner inside his pc bubble:
"Try as they might, the liberal sports media's efforts to shame the Washington Redskins into ditching their team name out of political correctness concerns hasn't significantly moved public opinion. A brand new Associated Press-GfK poll found 79 percent of respondents favored keeping the name."

Maybe the reason Costas isn't paying attention is because somebody else is paying it for him. Or as the twitter user protein wisdom put it,
"Thank goodness Bob Costas finally weighed in on how offensive Washington Redskins team name is in this, his 30+ year of sportscasting!

(@proteinwisdom) October 14, 2013

Posted by DL Sly at October 23, 2013 05:36 PM

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This is a self-righteousness born not of moral superiority but toxic self-esteem. What makes Costas' opinion noteworthy is not the substance of it but the ego conveying it. He, and most everyone exposed too long to the wrong end the lens, mistakes the focus for noteworthiness. That Costas has been under the impression for some time is evidenced by the years of honing his 'gravitas' to better make his unreasoned opinions seem astute. He did as much recently in the guns debate.

Television has much to answer for and it's not Murrow's vast wasteland but a glut of Murrows.

May a glut of Murrows be used for the MSM as a murder of crows is used for a group of crows?

Posted by: George Pal at October 24, 2013 10:39 AM

As I life-long New York Giants fan, there are many things that I don't like about the Washington Redskins, including, but not limited to:
1. Their players
2. Their owner
3. Their coach
4. Their stadium
5. Their fans
6. Their "fight song"
7. Their uniforms
9. Their announcers
10. Their cheerleaders
11. Their ticket prices
12. Their team colors
13. Pretty much Their Everything, except, perhaps, their name. No, I take that back. I hate their name "Washington" too. In fact, they should change it to the "Maryland Redskins," cause that's where they play. Or better yet, why not just call them the "Maryland Reds?" As in Commie Red. They'll fit right in up there in the Crabcake State.

And don't even get me started on the Cowboys. Or the Eagles. Hate them. Hate them all.

Posted by: spd rdr at October 24, 2013 03:51 PM

As a lifelong Dolphin fan, I agree with everything you said.
Double for the Cowboys.
Eagles? Well, full disclosure here, the Dark Side is an Oregon Duck house, so I'm curious to see whether or not Chip Kelly's offense can survive the NFL over the long haul. Prior to that, especially in the McNabb/Reid years, my feelings were very close to yours.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 24, 2013 04:18 PM

Haters just gonna hate :p

Posted by: Lifelong Redskins Fan at October 24, 2013 04:51 PM

You do realize who Miami beat to cap off their perfect season, don't you?

Granted, they haven't done sh#t for a looonnngggg time now....
I still think Snyder should just go for full honesty and call 'em the DC Dickheads. Put a picture of the Capitol on the helmets and call it good.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 24, 2013 05:02 PM