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The fact that the US government resides in Washington DC and at one point in history made the decision to remove Indians and send them wherever they wanted them, then years later wind up nicknaming their football team after them, is pretty damn snarky. If I was Indian, Id be offended on that point alone, nevermind use of the nickname itself over the years.

I never knew the US Government had a football team. :)

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The fact that the US government resides in Washington DC and at one point in history made the decision to remove Indians and send them wherever they wanted them, then years later wind up nicknaming their football team after them, is pretty damn snarky. If I was Indian, Id be offended on that point alone, nevermind use of the nickname itself over the years.

 

Interesting....and here all this time I had thought they changed their name from Braves to Redskins when they played in Boston...

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The fact that the US government resides in Washington DC and at one point in history made the decision to remove Indians and send them wherever they wanted them, then years later wind up nicknaming their football team after them, is pretty damn snarky. If I was Indian, Id be offended on that point alone, nevermind use of the nickname itself over the years.

The name started in Boston. They weren't named the Redskins when the got to DC, they came to DC the Redskins.

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I never knew the US Government had a football team. :)

You know what I mean. And it was unnecessary to lock my other thread. It was actually voting on a name idea, not the conversation in general. I didn't notice this thread until after I posted mine.

 

Which team came first, the Cowboys or the Redskins? I always assumed the two were named to deliberately be rivals of the others and mimicking every boy playing cowboys and Indians.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/letter-from-washington-redskins-owner-dan-snyder-to-fans/2013/10/09/e7670ba0-30fe-11e3-8627-c5d7de0a046b_story.html

 

Dan Snyder's letter to the Post.

 

To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:

As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization -- our players, coaches and staff -- are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise.

 

That’s why I want to reach out to you -- our fans -- about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on this issue. As the owner of the Redskins and a lifelong fan of the team, here is what I believe and why I believe it.

 

Like so many of you, I was born a fan of the Washington Redskins. I still remember my first Redskins game.

Most people do. I was only six, but I remember coming through the tunnel into the stands at RFK with my father, and immediately being struck by the enormity of the stadium and the passion of the fans all around me.

 

I remember how quiet it got when the Redskins had the ball, and then how deafening it was when we scored. The ground beneath me seemed to move and shake, and I reached up to grab my father’s hand. The smile on his face as he sang that song ... he’s been gone for 10 years now, but that smile, and his pride, are still with me every day.

 

That tradition -- the song, the cheer -- it mattered so much to me as a child, and I know it matters to every other Redskins fan in the D.C. area and across the nation.

Our past isn’t just where we came from -- it’s who we are.

 

Full text at link.

 

Thanks, Mr. Snyder. This sums up so much of it for me, at least. Most of us have similar experiences to relate to.

 

~Bnng

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The fact that the US government resides in Washington DC and at one point in history made the decision to remove Indians and send them wherever they wanted them, then years later wind up nicknaming their football team after them, is pretty damn snarky. If I was Indian, Id be offended on that point alone, nevermind use of the nickname itself over the years.

 

What if that team was named "Redskins" when it was still up in Boston?

 

I know... mind blown... and facts and stuff. 

 

But please...continue.

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You know what I mean. And it was unnecessary to lock my other thread. It was actually voting on a name idea, not the conversation in general. I didn't notice this thread until after I posted mine.

 

Which team came first, the Cowboys or the Redskins? I always assumed the two were named to deliberately be rivals of the others and mimicking every boy playing cowboys and Indians.

You can't be serious. The Redskins were founded in 1932. The Cowboys were founded in 1961. 

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You know what I mean. And it was unnecessary to lock my other thread. It was actually voting on a name idea, not the conversation in general. I didn't notice this thread until after I posted mine.

Which team came first, the Cowboys or the Redskins? I always assumed the two were named to deliberately be rivals of the others and mimicking every boy playing cowboys and Indians.

What's necessary is that you go find the forum rules we have here & read, understand, & follow them. :)

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You know what I mean. And it was unnecessary to lock my other thread. It was actually voting on a name idea, not the conversation in general. I didn't notice this thread until after I posted mine.

 

Which team came first, the Cowboys or the Redskins? I always assumed the two were named to deliberately be rivals of the others and mimicking every boy playing cowboys and Indians.

The Redskins predate the Cowboys by nearly 30 years. There was even a big stink about the Cowboys existence because George Preston Marshall didn't want another team south of the Mason-Dixon line cutting in on his turf, which was the entire southeastern U.S. 

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You know what I mean. And it was unnecessary to lock my other thread. It was actually voting on a name idea, not the conversation in general. I didn't notice this thread until after I posted mine.

 

Which team came first, the Cowboys or the Redskins? I always assumed the two were named to deliberately be rivals of the others and mimicking every boy playing cowboys and Indians.

Redskins came WAY before the Cowboys...Marshall had to vote to allow the cowboys to even enter the league....which he got the vote by holding our song hostage...learn your Redskins history...

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You know what I mean. And it was unnecessary to lock my other thread. It was actually voting on a name idea, not the conversation in general. I didn't notice this thread until after I posted mine.

 

Which team came first, the Cowboys or the Redskins? I always assumed the two were named to deliberately be rivals of the others and mimicking every boy playing cowboys and Indians.

 

Seriously, though.  Are you that "stats Jeff" guy that always calls in to local talk radio to troll them, too?

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 Goodell said if even 1 person was offended, the NFL should listen. That is ****ing insane. there will always be 1 person offended by everything. If that is the bar, shutter every business.

 

 

 

The media took that comment to mean: If one person is offended, the name should be changed. That's not what Goodell is saying.

 

As Painkiller said, why would Snyder ever change the name, when he could just " officially " drop it, ( from merchandise, advertising, etc. ), which of course is not  going to happen anytime soon. Instead of being the official nickname, It would become the " unofficial " nickname, as almost every Redskins fan, and a majority of fans from other teams, and even most in the media would still call them " the Redskins. "

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Redskins came WAY before the Cowboys...Marshall had to vote to allow the cowboys to even enter the league....which he got the vote by holding our song hostage...learn your Redskins history...

 

At this point, I highly doubt that he's a Redskins fan.

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"Listen" doesn't mean "agree".

I listen to my son ask for the car.   but he's not getting it.

 

~Bang

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At this point, I highly doubt that he's a Redskins fan.

He's not...I saw the thread he started...he's a 49ers fan

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Snyder's letter is great ... Eyes got a little moist.

 

Y'all still think a change is coming anytime soon?

 

I don't.

 

Hail to the Redskins !

 

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I have been resigning myself to a change over the past couple months. I even had a few posts in this thread stating so. I do actually care if there are individuals who are legitimately offended.

 

Having said that, in post 1362 I wondered publicly if the team had ever released a "true history" of the team name. Then an hour or so later Dan Snyder published an open letter on the topic. He didn't state the official naming story, but he provided clear points that demonstrate a history of the franchise reaching out to the Native American community, the team's namesake.

 

Snyder's letter was fantastic and really helped to sway me back to believing that the name should and will stay. I think the key is demonstrating that the organization is willing to listen and constantly in touch with relevant Native American leaders about the issue. I think it would also be a good idea to further prove that the team cares about Native Americans by having a small philanthropic department whose role is to funnel money back into those communities. I know that the Redskins and Snyder are charitable to other causes, so this would seem like another logical way to giving back and continuing the team's tradition of HONORING its heritage and Native Americans.

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Being a huge Atlanta Braves fan in middle school I remember the protests and outrage about their name and the tomahawk chop.  I remember being worried that the name would change and my favorite team would lose their identity.  

 

You know what is different then vs. now?  The internet, twitter, ratings journalism, 24/7 news cycle, and the like.

 

The story feeds itself until it consumes itself.  It will go away as other stories present themselves.  

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the interwebs are already a-flutter with folks claiming Snyder's story is false. I'm not sure how they would know this, or if they were around 80 years ago. I doubt it. But the lines are drawn. You aren't going to convince folks who are offended, or are faux offended to change their minds. Its as unlikely that supporters will want the name changed. They'll just become more accepting of it.

 

Still want no mascot, but you know the idea of a military theme is exciting for the NFL and probably the Skins marketing team. I just grabbed a few pics from that site which was shared a few pages ago.

 

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Don't want it to happen....but can feel it happening. Just hope UnWise Mike is long gone when it does.

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Snyder's letter is great ... Eyes got a little moist.

 

Y'all still think a change is coming anytime soon?

 

I don't.

 

Hail to the Redskins !

 

 

 

Too bad the idiots on ESPN didn't feel the same way about the letter.  To paraphrase Michael Smith and another media guy (name escapes me at the moment), thought the letter was horrible and it shows how Snyder is a rich, insensitive man.  They said that it isn't for a white man or black man to tell Native Americans how to feel.  What I find amusing is they are the one's telling Native Americans how to feel.  Michael Smith says he sometimes makes the mistake and slips up when he uses the name "Redskins".   I could feel my IQ dropping listening to them.  Those guys are complete tools.  Really, I'm amazed at how idiots land jobs in the sports media.  It must be someone they know.

 

To answer your question, no, I don't think the name will change.  Eventually, this story will burn itself out and the media will just give up on it.  I'm not saying that it will completely go away, but it will run it's course and grow tiresome to those outside of the Redskins fan base. 

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Pretty good letter from Snyder. Sad that those on the otherside will find a way to bash him, even though he presented facts.

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Too bad the idiots on ESPN didn't feel the same way about the letter.  To paraphrase Michael Smith and another media guy (name escapes me at the moment), thought the letter was horrible and it shows how Snyder is a rich, insensitive man.  They said that it isn't for a white man or black man to tell Native Americans how to feel.  What I find amusing is they are the one's telling Native Americans how to feel.  Michael Smith says he sometimes makes the mistake and slips up when he uses the name "Redskins".   I could feel my IQ dropping listening to them.  Those guys are complete tools.  Really, I'm amazed at how idiots land jobs in the sports media.  It must be someone they know.

 

To answer your question, no, I don't think the name will change.  Eventually, this story will burn itself out and the media will just give up on it.  I'm not saying that it will completely go away, but it will run it's course and grow tiresome to those outside of the Redskins fan base. 

 

 

OK so they used the same argument that one other ESPN blogger used except against the Redskins...also, did they not READ the letter it specifically states they consulted Native Americans, have had numerous meetings with Native Americans, and even had quotes from Native Americans, yet they say that Snyder is telling them how they should feel?

 

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For some laughs

 

 
Washington Redskins Change Their Name To The D.C. Redskins

 

WASHINGTON—Following an outpouring of criticism from across the country, the Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that they are officially changing the team’s name to the D.C. Redskins. “We’ve heard the concerns of many people who have been hurt or offended by the team’s previous name, and I’m happy to say we’ve now rectified the situation once and for all,” said franchise owner Dan Snyder, adding that “Washington Redskins” will be replaced with “D.C. Redskins” on all team logos, uniforms, and apparel. “It was a difficult decision—and one that, frankly, I’m a little embarrassed took me so long to make. So hopefully we can now put this issue to bed and start cheering on our D.C. Redskins.” In light of Snyder’s decision, Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan told reporters he will change the feather in Chief Wahoo’s headdress from red to a “more appropriate” shade of red

 

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Pretty good letter from Snyder. Sad that those on the otherside will find a way to bash him, even though he presented facts.

 

I agree. I thought it was well done. The key takeaway (to me) is that as far back as the 1970s, representatives from the organization were meeting and collaborating with Native Americans.

 

I still would like to read an "official" account of how and why the team was named Braves and Redskins in the 1930s. Snyder's letter touched on the fact that a few members of the organization were of Native American descent, but I'd like a brief statement of the mindset when the name(s) were originally chosen.

 

The legend is that they were the Braves and wanted a little more synergy with the Boston baseball team (Red Sox) so they became the Redskins. If that decision was for marketing, I'd like to know factors that went into naming the team the Braves ("...we wanted to honor the bravery and proud heritage of Native American tribes..."). Since Braves and Redskins were obvious synonymous during that time, it would be apt.

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