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The Washington Redskins are under more pressure than ever to change their team’s nickname. The term “Redskin” is known to be offensive to those of Native American background and heritage. Washington team owner Dan Snyder has been vehement about keeping the name regardless of outside pressure to change. The Washington Post obtained a letter from Snyder, sent to season-ticket holders defending the seemingly offensive mascot.
Snyder’s stance remains intact, but the letter presents a much softer response to the criticism than quotes by Snyder in the past.
“We’ll never change the name,” he said via USA Today back in May. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
The letter provides a compelling argument and is peppered with quotes and statistics backing Snyder’s opinion on the matter. The only problem with the letter is that he seems to think 81 years of Redskins football is weighs heavier on history than actual Native Americans who “inspired” the name.
“I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name “Redskins” continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.”
Snyder seems to come off as desperate and still insensitive. Once again putting his team above the feelings of real people. Other prominent franchises have changed names and even cities to be met with great success (hello, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams). History can’t be re-written, and no one will forget the “Washington Redskins” but the franchise is in need of a face-lift.
There’s is a community contest being held on 99designs.com where fans can submit their ideas for a re-branding of the Washington franchise. Some of the concepts are surprisingly good and would make for an ample replacement of the current name.
Danny Amendola is known for being fragile, which is no knock on his character but is frustrating to see. After just one game with the Patriots, Amendola is “almost certain” to miss Thursday’s tilt with the New York Jets, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Fantasy owners who took the risk on Amendola are probably banging their head on a wall by now.
He suffered a groin injury early in the teams match up against Buffalo this past Sunday, but Amendola still turned in a gutty performance, turning in 10 catches for 104 yards.
The 27-year old wide receiver only played in 12 of the his last 32 games as a member of the St. Louis Rams due to injuries and has a lot to prove to Patriot fans considering he’s filling the shoes of Wes Welker.