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‘South Park’ gets in on Redskins name debate with commercial (Video)

South-Park-RedskinsThose of you who watched Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins may have seen a funny one-minute “South Park” commercial air during the fourth quarter. The ad spot, which promoted the show’s upcoming 18th season, poked fun at the Redskins name debate.

In typical “South Park” fashion, the geniuses behind the commercial focused on the fact that the Redskins are in danger of losing their trademark. Cartman started a company using the Redskins name and logo, which offended Daniel Snyder and company. Cartman’s argument was that he started the company because he has “total respect” for Snyder and his people.

You get the point. The commercial was a home run, and the fact that it ran during the Eagles-Redskins game was hilarious.

Video via DC Sports Bog

Redskins dance in background of ESPN report and crack up over it (Video)

A few Washington Redskins players decided to videobomb a John Keim ESPN report about RG3’s status on Monday, and the rest of their teammates loved it.

Above you can see the video of the players videobombing the report with some of their dance moves. The best part was the video DeSean Jackson uploaded to Instagram from the locker room of he and teammates watching the report on TV:

This video from Pierre Garcon is even better:

Those dudes were loving it! And Keim was clueless:

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NY Daily News will no longer use Redskins nickname or logo

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The New York Daily News announced on Thursday that it will no longer be using the Washington Redskins team logo or nickname in its print and online publications.

“Enormously popular and deeply ingrained in sporting culture, the Redskins name is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes,” the Daily News said in a lengthy essay explaining the decision. “No new franchise would consider adopting a name based on pigmentation — Whiteskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins or Redskins — today. The time has come to leave the word behind.”

As you can see from Thursday’s NFL preview, which is shown above, the Daily News has replaced the Redskins’ traditional Native American logo with a generic burgundy and gold icon. They also referred to the Redskins as “Washington” but used every other team’s nickname. Here’s a closer look at the logo the Daily News will use from now on:

Simply put, it is a matter of when — not if — Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will be forced to change his team’s name. There will always be people like Sarah Palin and Mike Ditka who think the Redskins name debate is stupid, but we have also seen an increasing amount of broadcasters who refuse to use Washington’s nickname. Then there’s the fact that the US Patent Office has cancelled the Redskins’ trademark. It’ll only get worse for Snyder from here.

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Mike Carey avoided refereeing Redskins games because of team name

Mike-CareyThe Washington Redskins team name debate may have emerged as a hot topic over the last year, but there are plenty of people who have had a problem with the racist undertones associated with the nickname for years. Former NFL referee Mike Carey is one of them.

Carey, who recently retired after 19 seasons as an NFL ref and is now the rules analyst for CBS Sports, began quietly protesting the term Redskins back in 2006. It was then that Carey asked that the NFL not assign him to any Washington games for the preseason or regular season, and the league honored his request.

“I’ve called them Washington all my life,” Carey told Mike Wise of the Washington Post. “And I will continue to call them Washington. The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington. It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think.”

Carey, the first African-American official to ever work a Super Bowl, was one of the most respected referees in the NFL. He said he kept his request private and never went to Roger Goodell to discuss the issue.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” Carey explained. “I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

Carey’s interesting revelation comes in the wake of two prominent NFL broadcasters saying they will avoid using the term Redskins this season. We’re guessing Mike Ditka would strongly disagree with Carey’s social stance.

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.

Tony Dungy, Phil Simms will try not to use word ‘Redskins’

Washington Redskins helmetMost major television networks have left it up to their television personalities on whether they want to use the term “Redskins” this season or not. With increasing pressure from politicians and other influential groups, the Washington Redskins seem destined to change their nickname at some point. The process might be accelerated if people just stop using it.

“My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game,” Simms told The Associated Press, via NBC 4 Washington. “I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it. There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.”

Dungy, who is a major staple of the NBC Sunday Night Football telecast, agrees.

“I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington,” Dungy said. “Personal opinion for me, not the network.”

But for every Simms and Dungy, there are plenty of broadcasters and analysts who say they will commit to using the term Redskins as long as that is the name of the team.

“There are so many Redskins fans that take great pride in the name,” CBS’ Rich Gannon, who spent a season playing in Washington, said. “(Owner) Daniel Snyder has said he’s talked and visited with (many) American Indian nations who are supportive of the name. And there are those who oppose it who are being heard. It’s an important topic.”

Jim Nantz, Boomer Esiason, Solomon Wilcots and Troy Aikman also said they will continue to call the Redskins by name until it is no longer their name.

There are even some prominent former Redskins players who believe owner Daniel Snyder should change the name of his franchise, but Snyder has refused to back down. In fact, Snyder recently bought some “Keep the Name” T-shirts from a street vendor. Still, I believe it is only a matter of time before he is forced to fold.

Bail jumper Jacob Close arrested after answering Redskins question for newspaper

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If you have a warrant out for your arrest and are trying to avoid law enforcement, you definitely should not answer a question for a newspaper’s opinion column and agree to allow the paper to run your photograph. Jacob Close, a 25-year-old Bloomsburg (Penn.) University student, learned that the hard way over the weekend.

Close offered his opinion about a question related to the Washington Redskins name debate in the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise on June 30. He gave the following sarcastic thought in the publication’s weekly “Your Opinion” feature.

“I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato.”

Close’s answer was pretty clever, but he should have saved some of that wit to help keep him out of jail. As it turns out, police have been looking for Close after he jumped bail in a drug and drunken driving case in Ithaca, New York years ago. Ithaca City Police were notified of his warrant in late May and had been looking for him for over a month.

After seeing Close’s photo in the Press Enterprise, a campus police officer staked out his car and arrested him at the student recreation center on Sunday. Close is now being held on $25,000 bail.

Aren’t dumb criminals the best?

H/T Jim Romenesko