I think I have it! Why did it take so long?
Call them the Washington Millionaires. Everyone loves a millionaire, or wants to be one.
Or would that not be enough? The Multimillionaires?
But, Ron, if they came up with the New York Jews, would they be able to play on Shabbos and Yom Kippur? After all, Sandy Koufax refused to do so years ago. Yours is an intriguing suggestion...or how about the Brooklyn Bagels?
re: New York Jews: Oy! Can you imagine the National Anthem played by the Klezmer Conservatory Band?
And so are the Cleveland Indians the next target? And will some group go after New Zealand's "All Blacks" phenomenal rugby team whose team is hardly "All Black"? Given the reps of both Snyder and Davis, perhaps the new team name could turn out to be the Washington Lobbyists!
I don't understand all the ruckus about changing the nickname of a team.If a nickname offends a segment of our society the name should be changed. Washington will still have its team regardless of the nickname, which many native Americans find offensive. What should upset fans is when their money-making teams move to another locale so they can make even greater profits; or when they price tickets so high that fans that were loyal for so many years no longer can afford to go to a game. Teams that do that should be named the So and So Carpetbaggers. Unfortunately, many people in our society take sports too seriously. They don't vote in elections that can change the direction of our country but live and die for their teams that don't give a heck about them.
If Mr. Halbritter is so loaded and so powerful, why doesn't he just buy the team and change the name? The NFL owners wouldn't dare oppose him.
Let's see: how would sportscasters like Bob Costas react to, "Washington Bronze-Toned North American Indigenous Peoples"?.
Is Red Man chew next?
Let's have equal opportunity in team names. We already have the Redskins, Kansas City Chiefsand Cleveland Indians. Aimals are celebrated: lions, panthers, falcons and broncos. Even occupations
are memorialized by the Packers and Steelers.
Size matters, so we have the Giants. And swiftness, hence the Dodgers. And publics to be proud of such as the Yankees, Nationals
and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. So how about athletic teams named for unrepresented groups of Americans who deserve representastion: the Washington African-Americans and the New York Jews!
These name changes should be made to recognize two worthy but under-represented American groups: the Washington African-Americans and New York Jews.