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Pigskins Shame Spiral: Bob Costas

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

Who: Bob Costas, sportscaster for NBC.

Change the name? Yes.

 

Why? "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or members of any other ethnic group," Costas said on air Sunday, at halftime of the Pigskins' loss to the Dallas Cowboys. "When considered that way, '[Pigskins]' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor could it possibly be considered a neutral term. It's an insult, a slur no matter how benign the present-day intent. It's fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended but if you take a step back, isn't it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?"

Shame Spiral rating: SMDH. Costas is a pretty prominent guy in the world of sports broadcasting. For him to dispute team owner Dan Snyder's stance—during halftime of Sunday Night Football, no less—sends the message that the issue of the team's offensive name is more than just a bunch of liberals arguing for political correctness for the mere sake of political correctness. Publications like Slate and The New Republic have come out against the name, but these publications have small, relatively homogenous audiences and hardly cover sports. Costas, on the other hand, spoke in prime time to the large population of Americans who watch football. The only thing better would have been if Costas vowed never to say the team's name again on air—and if NBC hadn't promptly repeated it over and over again throughout the second half.

Illustration by Jandos Rothstein

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  1. #1

    Costas IS a weenie liberal, through and through. He ranted about guns earlier this year when he was supposed to be talking about sports.

    Sorry you can't be bothered doing some research to realize tiny man Costas is a liberal who thinks his opinions carry some weight beyond the PC crowd. Such a brave twerp, commandeering his network's time to continue the propaganda campaign of the left.

  2. #2

    Three cheers to Bob Costas! (mostly because I love seeing people like 'Typical DC BS' get all agitated)

  3. #3

    I'M CALLING BULLSHIT! OR SHOULD I SAY BUFFALO CHIP!

    SO DID BOBBY CONTACT ANY NUMBER OF TRIBES AND INQUIRE WHETHER THE TERM IS OFFENSIVE OR DID HE JUST MUCK THAT CRAP OFF THE “GET RID OF THE REDSKINS NAME” BANDWAGON?

    SO WE HAVE THE NFL WELCOMING THIS STORY TO KEEP THE CONCUSSION, BRAIN TRAUMA AND THE LIKE OFF THE FRONT PAGES. WHILE IN WACKADOODLE LAND . . .

    WE HAVE OL' YOUNG FACE BOBBY KOWTOWING TO AN EMPTY CAUSE DREDGED OUT OF THIN AIR WHEN IN FACT THE COLLEGE HE ATTENDED HAD ONE OF IF NOT THE MOST RACIAL MASCOT OF THE 20TH CENTURY AS IT PERTAINED TO NATIVE AMERICANS BUT HE FAILED TO MENTION THAT FACT IN HIS EGO TAINTED RANT.

    THE SAD THING IS NOT ONE OF THOSE FOLK CLAMORING FOR SNYDER'S POSITION TO CHANGE AND TO SOME HOW GIVE THE IMPRESSION THEY BOUGHT HIM TO HIS KNEES ON THIS ISSUE PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ANY NATIVE AMERICANS OR AT THE VERY LEAST IDENTIFY WITH THEIR REAL ISSUES!!!

    THIS IS NO MORE THAN THE ISSUE DU JOUR DRUMMED UP OVER THE TWATTERVERSE AND SPACEBOOK. WHERE IS THE DRIVE TO ACTUALLY HELP THOSE NATIVE AMERICANS WHO ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND AND NEGLECTED BY THE VERY FOLK WHO WANT THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS TO CHANGE THEIR NAME?

    THIS IS SOME BUFFALO CHIP!

  4. #4

    I'm done with City Paper until they stop using Pigskins. Costas is irrelevant. Please Dan Snyder do not change the name.

  5. #5

    how about we change their name to the foreskins, costas would love that since he is a homo

  6. #6

    @Kevin: the name is still REDSKINS, no matter how much liberal weenies like you and Costas whine and complain.

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