Harry Reid: Redskins name will be changed within three years

Washington Redskins helmetThe Washington Redskins have found a new way to try convincing people that the name of their team is not racist in nature. The team announced earlier this week that it will be making a number of charitable contributions to Native Americans, including over 3,000 cold weather coats, sneakers for boys and girls basketball players and a backhoe for a tribe in Omaha.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sees the new movement as a “phony deal” that is not going to help Daniel Snyder keep the Redskins name.

“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal,” Reid told Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog on Thursday. “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question.”

Snyder has said in the past that the team will never changes its name, despite pressure from the mayor of Washington, D.C. and many others. Reid insists Snyder is on the “losing side of history,” citing similar issues like the University of North Dakota changing its Fighting Sioux nickname after Las Vegas multimillionaire Ralph Engelstad built the school a new hockey arena to try to convince them to keep the name.

“I think the name will be changed within the next three years,” Reid said. “You know, I may slip a year or two, but I think it’s just a question of time. Because Native Americans are organized. We have Native Americans who now are not all poor. We’ve got these Indian gaming establishments who have money, who are gonna help with this. And Dan Snyder’s not the only person in the world with money.”

Reid’s probably right. The issue is not going to go away no matter how much money Snyder throws at Native American tribes and organizations or how many letters Roger Goodell writes to Congress. Eventually, the pressure will become too great to overcome.

Senator Harry Reid compares Republican party to the Jets QB situation (Video)

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) seems to be one of the few politicians who does a decent job of keeping up with the world of professional sports. That’s not to say politicians need to follow sports closely, but many of them attempt to reference sports issues to connect with the people and wind up embarrassing themselves. For the most part, Reid seems to know his stuff.

When speaking to the Senate floor recently, Reid compared the Republican budget proposal to the New York Jets quarterback situation.

“Coach (Rex) Ryan — he’s got a problem,” Reid said. “He’s got three quarterbacks. (Mark) Sanchez, he’s got Tim Tebow, and he’s got a guy by the name of (Greg) McElroy. He can’t decide who their quarterback is going to be. That’s the same problem the Republicans are having. Romney’s gone, but he’s still in the background. Who is the quarterback, Mr. President? My friend talks about the trillions of dollars of debt. Mr. President, we just had an election. The people overwhelmingly know why we have this deficit.”

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Senator Harry Reid: ‘That’s a clown question, bro’ (Video)

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) drew plenty of laughs — and perplexed faces — when he responded to a reporter’s question at Capitol Hill on Tuesday by saying “That’s a clown question, bro.”

Reporter Steven Dennis received the unconventional response after asking Reid, the senator majority leader, about the ongoing student loan battle.

“I don’t want to answer that question – that’s a clown question, bro,” Reid said.

Reid obviously stole the line from Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who made the response famous last week when answering a Toronto reporter’s question.

The strange, yet hilarious line was turned into T-shirts and a beer before long. Reid using the line was no accident, either.

Harper is from Las Vegas, Nevada, so Reid is his senator. Reid has supported Harper throughout his rise to stardom and met him last month at Nationals Park.

“Having the best baseball prospect in decades come from Las Vegas, in Bryce Harper, I’m going to make it out here every chance I’ve got,” he said.

Yup, Reid clearly is a big baseball fan. I guess we can safely say that Harper has officially arrived now that senators are quoting him.

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