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Sarah Palin sides with Mike Ditka in Redskins name debate

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Sarah Palin has weighed in on the Washington Redskins nickname debate, and unsurprisingly the former Alaska governor and vice president nominee sides with Mike Ditka in believing the nickname should stay.

Palin shared her thoughts on the nickname after being inspired by political commentator Rush Limbaugh, who predicted that Ditka could be fired by ESPN for voicing his support of the nickname. Palin expressed disappointment with the notion that Ditka could be fired and went on to defend the Redskins name.

[Previously: Mike Ditka bashes liberals, thinks Redskins name debate is stupid]

Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook page Friday:

Nothing should surprise us lately; but when the Politically Correct Police bust Ditka, they hope the silent majority will cower under leftist control. My goodness, Ditka merely spoke his mind. This accomplished and esteemed coach knows there are big issues to be addressed in America today; there’s no intent to offend by referring to a team by the name they’ve proudly worn since day one and chose with pride in our native ancestry and obviously had absolutely no intent to insult; and the liberal media’s made-up controversies divide our country. The government’s intent to force any owner of anything, in this case an NFL entity, to change a name is the antithesis of the American way of working through differences. Ditka said he actually likes the Washington Redskins, and he’s a man full of commonsense and admired patriotism. Still, I must disagree with Coach Ditka after reading his full statement:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much [expletive], it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Proudskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is. It’s been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

He thinks the name should always be Washington Redskins, as a source of pride? Take the word “Washington” out and I’ll agree the team name is a great source of pride.

Yes, that’s Sarah Palin saying “Washington” is the most offensive part of the Washington Redskins name. Wait til the liberal media gets a hold of that one!

For what it’s worth, Ditka later said he could understand changing the name if American Indians found it offensive, but that they shouldn’t change it just because liberals declared it offensive. No word on Ditka’s opinion if he found out some were lobbying for the change on behalf of American Indians who told them the name was offensive.

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Mike Ditka bashes liberals, thinks Redskins name debate is stupid

Mike Ditka BearsMike Ditka is as old school as they come, so it’s probably no surprise that he believes the Washington Redskins should keep their nickname. But what is surprising is how strongly he feels about the subject and why.

Ditka did an interview with Redskins Historian Mike Richman this month and his comments received publicity after The Washington Post wrote about it Tuesday.

Here’s what Ditka said:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much horses— it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.

“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

Ditka continued to blast the PC liberals.

“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” Ditka said. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”

While many people will be in disbelief over Ditka’s thoughts, many more will love him for them. This is Da Coach we’re talking about. The same guy who called Jonathan Martin a baby. The same guy who criticized Matthew Stafford for wearing his hat backwards. Of course he’s going to want the Redskins to keep an offensive name to save tradition. And of course old school folks will love him for standing up for what they believe is right.

When you’re evaluating the merits of Ditka’s argument, just keep in mind that he’s the same guy who thought it was a rational idea to trade his entire draft for Ricky Williams. That is all.

Mike Ditka sticks to his guns on Matthew Stafford’s backwards hat

Matthew-Stafford-Kelly-HallMost of us thought Mike Ditka sounded like a complete moron a few months ago when he criticized Matthew Stafford for wearing his hat backwards. But Mike Ditka thought Mike Ditka sounded just fine. How do we know this? Because the former Chicago Bears coach refused to change his stance when discussing Stafford on Monday.

Ditka, who made an appearance on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, basically said Stafford needs to turn his hat around because he is representing an NFL team and not a gang.

As we pointed out before, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Tony Romo also must have ties to gangs. All of the aforementioned NFL stars have at some point in their careers worn their baseball caps backwards knowing cameras were around. Can you think of anything more disrespectful?

During the NFL playoffs earlier this year, a sports writer said Colin Kaepernick needed to turn his hat around and act like a professional. The fact that a backwards hat in itself is an issue for people like Ditka is truly amazing. He really needs to move on from that subject.

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Mike Ditka criticizes Matthew Stafford for wearing hat backwards

Matthew-Stafford-Kelly-HallDetroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he has made too many mistakes. After throwing a whopping 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2011, he threw 20 scores and 17 picks in 2012. This past season, Stafford threw 19 interceptions and 29 touchdowns. The turnovers have to stop, and Mike Ditka alluded to that on Sunday night.

Ditka, an ESPN analyst, said he sees “touches of greatness” in Stafford when he is not making dumb throws. He also said he would like to see Stafford change the way he dresses.

“I think he can make all the throws. He’s a smart kid,” Ditka said, per Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I wish he’d put the baseball cap on frontwards instead of backwards all the time.”

Here we go again. Last month, a writer took a ton of heat for saying Colin Kaepernick does not act like a professional because he wears his hat backwards. We then shared with you a collage of photos that features Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and others wearing their hats backwards. Ditka apparently has a problem with it.

“If you’re the leader of the football team, I think you’ve got to stand up and be that leader, assume that role,” he said. “A lot of it is what you do on the field, certainly. But I think a little of it has to do with appearance, too. You know, respect the game, respect your team. That’s all.

“I’m not knocking him. I’m just saying that’s the first thing I would tell him if I inherited him. When you’re going to go do an interview, put it on like it’s supposed to be on, not backwards, sidewards, whatever way they put them on anymore.”

As we said with Kaepernick, wearing a backwards hat has nothing to do with being a professional or being prepared. It’s a backwards hat! If Stafford was flashing gang signs or being disrespectful during interviews, Ditka would have a point. Again, it’s a f—–g backwards hat.

Photo via Instagram/Kelly Hall

Mike Ditka on cold weather Super Bowl: ‘It’s stupid’

Mike-Ditka-BearsChicago Bears legend Mike Ditka knows plenty about football in severe weather. He spent eight seasons as a player with the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles and another 11 seasons in Chicago as a coach. You would think he would be one of the people who supports an outdoor Super Bowl in New York, but Da Coach actually thinks it’s downright “stupid.”

“The weather’s going to be a problem,” Ditka told the Detroit Free Press on Monday. “They made a big mistake. The game shouldn’t be there. I mean, it’s stupid.”

If you believe some of the more well-known forecasters, the weather may not end up being that huge of an issue. Accuweather set up a website that is dedicated strictly to forecasting the weather for the Super Bowl, and as of now temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s at game time with just an 18% chance of rain or snow showers.

“First of all, it’s not fair to the players,” Ditka added. “It’s not going to be fair to the fans. It’s not going to be that enjoyable. I mean, I understand it’s the Super Bowl and it’s a privilege to play in the Super Bowl. It’d be nice to be playing in Miami or San Diego or New Orleans or somewhere the weather is conducive to guys being able to show their talents.”

Many fans who spend thousands of dollars on tickets will be proud to say that they attended the first ever outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. Ditka hates the idea because he believes it will result in players performing at lower levels.

“I’m just saying, if you get extreme cold or you get snow during the game, then it’s unfair to the fans, to the players, to everybody,” he said. “You’re not going to be able to perform at near the level you’re used to. And the element of luck comes into it, and it shouldn’t happen in that game. That game should be based on the people on the field who make the plays.”

Some would argue that the mark of a great team is being able to adjust and perform under all circumstances. That’s why being able to win on the road in the playoffs is so important, especially if you’re traveling to a place like New York, Chicago, Denver or Foxboro. While the weather may be a factor, both teams have to deal with it. Whoever can overcome all variables deserves to be called the best team in the NFL.

Maybe Ditka just can’t stand the thought of people having to be as red-faced as he was in Chicago last month.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Mike Ditka talks about wrong game during pregame show (Video)

Mike Ditka sleepingFor the second week in a row, Mike Ditka had a flub on ESPN’s countdown show. This has become a pattern, and now we’re not even laughing about it; we’re legitimately concerned about his well being.

When the ESPN crew was breaking down the Saints-Eagles playoff game, Ditka added his analysis. Only his analysis was for the wrong game. He began explaining why he thought Dontari Poe would be a disruptive force for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Indianapolis Colts and, for the second week in a row, Keyshawn Johnson had to lean over to help him get on the right page.

We, like many football fans, love Da Coach. But ESPN should probably recommend some health checks for him, because clearly something’s wrong. He is 74 after all.

Previously: Mike Ditka falls asleep on NFL Countdown

H/T BC

Mike Ditka caught sleeping during NFL Sunday Countdown (Video)

Mike Ditka sleepingMike Ditka appeared to catch a few Zs during ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown.

As the show went back to the studio following a report from Josina Anderson at the Jets-Dolphins game, Da Coach seemed to be sound asleep. Keyshawn Johnson had to reach over to shake him to wake him up. Ditka now joins Mike Francesa and Bob Knight as personalities who have fallen asleep on air.

I actually did the same thing during one of my old 11:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. sports update shifts back in the day, so there really is only so much laughing I can do. When you’re tired, this sort of thing tends to happen.

First spotted at Deadspin