Posts Tagged ‘pigskins’

What Does This Trademark Decision Actually Mean for Washington’s Football Team?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled the Washington football team's trademark registration today in a 2-1 ruling, effectively saying that because the organization's name is disparaging to Native Americans, no one can legally hold a trademark with that name. 
Why is this trademark illegal?
The ruling argues that the trademark violates the [...]

The Washington Football Team Loses Its Trademark

The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington football team's trademark registration because it's "disparaging to Native Americans," delivering another blow to Dan Snyder's efforts to defend his team's name.
The case appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and was filed in 2006 on behalf of five Native Americans. The 177-page opinion of the board was [...]

Pigskins Shame Spiral: Comedian John Oliver

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Meet the Cranky Pigskins Fan Behind @DanSnyderCares

Dan Snyder has a lot to be proud of, including his, ahem, environmental record, his, um, championing of the press, and the fact that he is "definitely not a racist," according to a mock advertisement from a Virginia football fan.
The ad, made by the creator of the anonymous Twitter account @dansnydercares and part of a satirical Change the Owner campaign, [...]

Pigskins Shame Spiral: Champ Bailey

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: Champ Bailey, a former star cornerback of the Washington football team.
Change the name? Yes.

Washington Football Team Hires Lobbyists To Defend Team Name

The Washington football team has hired McGuireWoods Consulting, a K Street NW lobbying firm, to defend the team's controversial name, according to a recently filed lobbying disclosure form. 
The new lobbyists were hired shortly after 50 Democratic senators sent a letter urging the National Football League to declare its support of a name change. (And the team's subsequent disastrous PR campaign responding to the letter.)
According [...]

The Needle: Orange Is the New Whack

Prison Sentence: A D.C. hotel is offering packages for people looking to binge-watch the new season of Netflix's Orange Is The New Black. D.C. Hotel Rouge, located just north of Scott Circle, will allow groups of up to 10 people rent out event space in the hotel with oversized bean bags where they can watch the show. [...]

Why Didn’t Virginia’s Senators Sign the Anti-Pigskins Letter?

Fifty U.S. senators signed a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday urging him to pressure the Washington football team to change its racist name.
These signers are all Democrats, including both senators from Maryland, where the team plays its home games. But noticeably missing from the  list of signatures were the two Democratic senators from Virginia: Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Mark [...]

Shame Spiral: Half the U.S. Senate

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: Fifty members of the U.S. Senate.
Change the name? Yes. Fifty senators wrote a letter Wednesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying that "racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports."

The Needle: Change of Pace

Loyal Fans: The Pacers Running Store on P Street NW near Logan Circle is changing its name to The Wizards Running Store through the end of this weekend to avoid any confusion as to which team is its favorite. +5
True Life: Beard envy is a real thing, and people in Northern Virginia are suffering and getting beard [...]

The Needle: Public Radio Shaming

 @&!#@(%*%: NPR's ombudsman wrote that the organization should "begin to purposefully disassociate itself from using the [Pigskins] or the Washington [Pigskins] on air and online." His point might have been stronger had he not used the team name, which is by definition a racial slur, throughout his piece. But hey, it's a start! +4
The Metro [...]

Dan Snyder Roasted in Absentia

It's too bad Dan Snyder can't be more like former Washington Pigskins' owner Jack Kent Cooke, Yaser Al-Keliddar said: Dead.
And that one was one of the only jokes about the team's much-maligned owner at a roast by nine local comedians at the Brixton last night that was suitable for print, even by alt-weekly standards. Snyder, unfortunately, couldn't [...]

The Needle: Whatta Zoo

Animal House: A lot of animal news today. First, Rusty the red panda was exiled from the National Zoo to go mate in Virginia because Bao Bao was causing too much of a raucous. Then the rare snowy owl that came to D.C. for a visit was struck by a bus! -3
Axis of Evil: Dan Snyder's [...]

Is Dan Snyder Just Trolling Everyone?

The Dan Snyder era of Washington football has not been the most glorious, nor has it seen the wisest personnel decisions in the history of our storied local franchise. But it turns out the team owner/destroyer-in-chief of fans' playoff fantasies doesn't appear to have significantly better taste in who he hires off the field, either.
ThinkProgress has [...]

The Needle: Taking a Stand

Team Camaraderie: For the first time, an actual Pigskins player said he thought the team's offensive name should "probably" be changed. +6
Refreeze Degrees: Bundle up, another polar vortex could be coming our way this month. -5