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Pigskins Shame Spiral: Art Monk and Darrell Green

Pigskins Shame Spiral: SMDH

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.

Who: Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk (No. 81 in your programs, No. 1 in receiving yards) and Hall of fame cornerback Darrell Green.

Change the name? It should be "seriously considered" (Monk) and "deserves and warrants consideration" (Green).

Why? The same reason a lot of people think so: The name offends people. If "Native Americans feel like [Pigskins] or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them, 'No, it's not'?" Monk told WTOP. Green agreed, telling the station, "It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, 'Hey, this offends me."

Shame Spiral Rating: SMDH. Monk and Green are among the best players ever to wear burgundy and gold, as anyone who watched the team win three Super Bowls under Joe Gibbs remembers (and they were fan favorites, too; I had a kid-sized Monk jersey when I was growing up). Dan Snyder may say he'll "NEVER" change the name of the franchise, but to a lot of fans in the area, Art Monk and Darrell Green might have more  of a claim to the team's legacy, no matter who owns it.

Illustration by Jandos Rothstein

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  • Typical DC BS

    More whining about nothing.

  • Alum

    Ok, I'm lost. Will someone explain "SMH" and "SMDH"? I keep seeing them and can't, from the context, tell what they mean.

  • Kevin

    "Dan Snyder may say he'll "NEVER" change the name of the franchise, but to a lot of fans in the area, Art Monk and Darrell Green might have more of a claim to the team's legacy, no matter who owns it."

    TRUTH!

  • Ally Schweitzer

    @Alum,

    SMH = shaking my head
    SMDH = shaking my damn head

  • Alum

    Ally,
    Thanx!

  • Jenny Rogers

    I had to ask too, @Alum. And I work here.

  • noodlez

    YO MAD MIKE CAN WE DISPENSE WITH THE ANTI-SKINS RHETORIC UNTIL THE SEASON ENDS? LOOK I'M WITH EMBLEM CHANGE MORE SO THAN THE NAME BUT ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN ANYTIME SOON. SLIM WE CAN GO AFTER DANNY BOY AFTER OUR SUPER BOWL PARADE. I'LL BE ALL IN! 81 AND 28 BOTH HAVE VALID POINTS.

    I DONT THINK WE NEED ANY MORE NEGATIVE ENERGY SURROUNDING THE SQUAD. TRAINING CAMP STARTS THURSDAY LETS START OFF ON A GOOD NOTE.

    BESIDES OUR NATS ARE SUFFERING AND IT'S TIME FOR DAVEY TO GO. IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD.

  • sticktoyourguns

    they wasn't complaining about the name when they were getting there paychecks every month....now were they...smdh

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