Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How Bummed Out Will This Redskins Fan Be?

We were driving back from my buddy's wedding (Congrats, Mike and Katie!) in Virginia on Sunday, and we saw this guy:


The owner of this van fascinated me for two reasons:
1. He was willing to brave the weekend's icy East Coast weather to watch his team fall to 3-10 by losing at home to Kansas City BY 35 POINTS.
2. He's going to be really bummed out when the Redskins change their name.

Many mainstream sportswriters already refuse to acknowledge the Redskins by their name. Peter King, one of the pre-eminent NFL writers, said in September that he would no longer refer to them as the Redskins. I've read Bill Simmons call them the "D.C. Daceys," and both NBC's Joe Posnanski and Austin Murphy of Sports Illustrated use the term "Washington football team." There are many others that share the same mindset.

It's really just a matter of time before the Redskins nickname goes the way of blackface and other antiquated racially-charged traditions. Dan Snyder -- or the team's next owner -- will eventually give in to a public that is increasingly sensitive to the name. In a poll that Posnanski conducted on his blog in October, 64.3 percent of respondents said the Redskins should change their name, while just 21.7 percent said that they shouldn't. Eventually, public sentiment will prevail. And when that happens...

 ...say goodbye to this van's relevance.

It's really a shame, because there's a much cooler way that guy could have souped up his ride:


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