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Pigskins Shame Spiral: Bill Simmons

Pigskins Shame Spiral: SMH

 

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

Who: Grantland  editor Bill

Change the name? Simmons didn't actually call for the team to change its name, but he did conspicuously omit the Pigskins' given name from a blog post ranking the NFC teams, in which the 17th spot went to "The Washington D.C.'s."

WhyPresumably because it's offensive and racist.

Shame Spiral Rating: SMH. Simmons is a high-profile national sports writer and Grantland, which is owned by ESPN, is one of the genre's highest-profile platforms. So although he didn't use his prose to launch a blistering diatribe against the NFL and Pigskins owner Dan Snyder, his no-introduction-needed omission of the moniker carries more weight than some liberal outlets that have taken admirable, but rather inconsequential, stands—since they rarely ever write about football.

Illustration by Jandos Rothstein

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  • Typical DC BS

    REDSKINS.

    Another weenie liberal toeing the politically correct line. Life is tough, it's even tougher when you're stupid.

  • noodlez

    LOOK CHANGING THE NAME OF A FOOTBALL TEAM WILL HAVE NO BEARING ON THE PLIGHT OF THE LIVING STANDARDS OF TODAY'S NATIVE AMERICANS WHO ARE STILL BEING DISRESPECTED,DISENFRANCHISED AND NEGLECTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    ALCOHOLISM, UNDER EDUCATED, POVERTY ARE AMONG SOME OF THE ILLS THAT PLAGUE THESE FOLK BUT I DON'T SEE A QUASI-NATIONAL DRIVE TO LIFT THEM UP. INSTEAD WHITE FOLK ARE STILL TAKING THEIR LAND FOR CASINOS, RESORTS AND OTHER CHEAP PLEASURES.

    ENOUGH OF THIS ANTI "REDSKINS" SHIT ALREADY.

  • mike

    Go 'head Noodlez!

  • Mike Madden

    @ noodlez:

    So because changing the name won't in and of itself solve the problems caused by centuries of institutional racism against Native Americans, we should just ignore the fact that the name is offensive?

  • Typical DC BS

    @Mike Madden: How about the poll that showed a MAJORITY of American Indians DON'T consider the name offensive? Or does that just not figure into this because your mind can't wrap itself around FACTS?

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