What's not in a name
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Reflections on Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III, and race
His terrible performance is actually a good thing. It's what the team needed to find out this season.
The National Football League has spoken: It doesn't consider the racial slur used by our local football team as its name to be racist.
"The Washington [Pigskins] name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to 10 [...]
Mayor Vince Gray's bet with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay over the Washington Nationals' play-off series with the Cardinals didn't turn out so well, but he's giving gambling another shot with Seattle mayor Mike McGinn this weekend.
Ahead of the Washington Pigskins playoff game Sunday against the Seahawks, Gray has challenged McGinn to fly D.C.'s flag [...]
Football is not exactly a democratic sport. The coaches tend to call the plays, the players merely execute them. And for fans, things are even worse; here in D.C., of course, we've long been familiar with the tendency of NFL owners to operate as if they have all the power.
But now you've got a chance [...]
No doubt in the minds of the Washington Redskins operation who the team will select with the second pick in tonight's NFL draft, apparently—this newsletter just went out from Redskins.com, with the subject line "Get Ready For Griffin!":
Griffin, of course, is the player soon to be known all around town as RG3, Baylor quarterback Robert [...]
On May 25, 1999, Dan Snyder won unanimous approval from the National Football League to buy the Washington Redskins from the estate of Jack Kent Cooke. The purchase cost $800 million.
"Persistence pays off," Snyder told WUSA-TV after the sale was approved. "We're going to be that persistent when it comes to winning on the field."
With the players' union disbanded and bargaining turned into litigation, the football lawyers and journalists and Drew Brees-es, who for a few sorta-exciting recent days hung out among us downtown, have gone their separate ways.
That's left the fans here and everywhere time to dwell on basketball, and hockey, and bitterness.
Here's a representative example of the [...]
Video Killed the Radio Star: The bad news continues for National Public Radio, as another hidden-camera tape by right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe shows executives were aware of the phony gift O'Keefe's stunt was pretending to pass along to the network. With the federal budget what it is (which is to say, bad, if not quite [...]
Blackouts are the talk of the town!
Clearly, our nation's power brokers were moved by last week's Cheap Seats column on the history of the NFL's blackout rule: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is now urging Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend enforcement of his league's rule, which prevents (wink wink) games not sold out 72 hours before [...]
Michael Vaughn, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates whose campaign bio bogusly claimed that he had played "3 years" for the Dallas Cowboys, told me earlier this week that I "didn't dig deep enough" into his football career.
Well, nobody can accuse Vaughn of under-digging lately. The hole he's dug for himself gets deeper [...]
There goes the NFL!
Sure, the league is flying higher than ever now — TV coverage of the NFL draft drew a bigger audience than the NBA playoffs this spring. But mark down July 28, 2010 as the day everything started rolling downhill.
That's the day the reports surfaced that the NFL has brought in Dan Snyder [...]
It sure looks like the Washington Redskins won't sell out their games this year.
The team hasn't sold out its games since moving to Raljon in 1997, actually: The premium seats have never sold out since FedExField opened. But the team and the NFL invoke a common-senseless technicality that holds that since the more than 20,000 [...]
In the battle for celebrity endorsements, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty struck first, with a go-go concert celebrating his campaign. And now Council Chairman Vincent Gray is getting into the act, too.
Tonight, at Ozio, Gray will mingle with "young professionals" and NFL tight end Vernon Davis—a Dunbar graduate who also played basketball and competed in track [...]