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Pigskins Shame Spiral: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

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

Who: Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL.

Change the name? Eh. Goodell took as wishy-washy a stance as possible in a radio interview Wednesday, stressing the importance of listening to any fans who may be offended by the name. Goodell said it would ultimately be the decision of Pigskins owner Dan Snyder, who has vowed to never change the team's name. So by some sort of transitive property, that probably means Goodell isn't that keen on changing the name.

Why? As commissioner, it's sort of his job to say something. The Pigskins have come under increased fire from Congress, liberal media outlets, and even execs within ESPN.

Shame Spiral Rating: This is a symbolic finger wag at best,  though it's definitely an improvement over Goodell's previous statement that the team's name is a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” Still, Goodell's the man in charge: If he wanted the name changed, he could have offered some sterner words.

Illustration by Jandos Rothstein

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  • Jerry

    "Ruddy Epidermis" is a literal translation of an Iroquois term which they coined when they first encountered Europeans and needed words to describe which group they were talking about. I like the connotation that the difference is only skin deep, but apparently the indigenous person ("Indian" and "Native American" are both false to fact) that is griping about the name has been unable to figure that out.

  • Typical DC BS

    Yes, SOOOO many people of minuscule stature are complaining about the name REDSKINS.