Washington Redskins fans expect another losing season.
They lack enthusiasm, but the same can’t be said for newspaper columnists and TV “experts” delighted to again have a forum to carp about the team’s nickname, which they claim is a racial slur.
USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, always eager to drag the PC viewpoint onto the sports pages, was crowing in July when a federal judge canceled the Redskins’ federal trademark registrations.
Ms. Brennan: “When the Washington NFL team name changes, and it certainly will, whether that’s five years down the road, or 10, or 20, we’ll all look back to what happened … as one of the essential stepping stones to that historic moment.”
The Redskins are appealing, a process that could take years.
Meanwhile, the club is unhappy with FedEx Field in suburban Maryland and wants to move. The site of RFK Stadium would be ideal, but PC has intervened. The National Park Service won’t consider a deal because of team’s nickname.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s delegate to the House, has filed a bill that would strip the NFL of its antitrust protection if the Redskins don’t change their name.
What Redskins owner Dan Snyder should do (besides getting a better coach) is tell the feds and D.C. to screw off and get something done in Virginia. A new stadium north of Richmond along Interstate 95 would draw fans from Hampton Roads and Raleigh/Durham.
Even with the media beating the drums of conflict, pollsters find that a vast majority of fans have no problem with the Redskins’ nickname.
But everybody has an opinion, including those of the Navajo Nation at Red Mesa High School in remote northeast Arizona. Folks are proud of their football team and everything connected to it.
They fill the stands to root for the Red Mesa Redskins, a nickname that won’t be changing.