Friday, August 9, 2013

What's In A Name

There's a lot of flap going on regarding the Washington Redskins and pressure from certain groups to change the name of the team. A recent article on Yahoo laments this ongoing, and tiring, debate (read the article here:

I guess the liberal media, and purveyors of equality based on the lowest common denominator, might be more accepting of the name "Greedy Fat Racist White Guys" to replace "Redskins." Or, to reflect the nature of our nation's capital, maybe the "Washington Wafflers" or "Washington Waivers" or "Washington Weasels." I kinda like that last one... it seems to fit.

Turning our attention to other sports teams would reveal an alarming *gasp* number of team names that simply do not fit our politically correct minded world. With enough time, dedication and fabricated outrage at the unfairness of it all, we could systematically rid our sports industry of all that offends... here's a sampling of some that come immediately to mind.

Let's stick to the main topic and go after some other teams with "racist" names. The next teams on the chopping block would be the Atlanta Braves, Golden State Warriors (see their original logo of a cartoon "Indian" dribbling a basketball), Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Blackhawks and Cleveland Indians. Let's not forget about the college teams... Utah Utes, Alcorn State Braves, Florida State Seminoles, San Diego State Aztecs, North Dakota Fighting Sioux and Illinois Fighting Illini...for starters.

And so that we don't offend anyone with religious leanings or opposition to religion, we must begin the cleansing with the New Orleans Saints, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystic, Orlando Magic, Tennessee Titans (don't want to offend the followers of Greek mythology) and the San Diego Padres.

I suppose PETA would have us get rid of these teams because of the sensitive nature of some of these critters: Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Timberwolves, Florida Panthers and Detroit Tigers.

And finally, so that we don't offend the non-American citizens, or those who just don't like us, we must eliminate the New England Patriots, Philadelphia 76ers, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and the Washington Nationals.

Realistically, we need to get over ourselves. We need to stop taking everything so seriously, especially things that have no real value in the long run. We need to focus on more important things, like how we treat our neighbors and co-workers instead of how offended someone might be because of a sports logo. We need to focus on how we can help one another with our own hands, our own blessings, our own means. The fact that our culture places a higher value on the name of a football team than on pursuing a life of love and charity... that offends me. Not really... but it does make me sad.

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