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One of the longer and ongoing sagas in sport right now is the demand for the Washington Redskins to change their name. Owner Daniel Snyder says that the team is moving. End of story would probably be the best way to describe how much Snyder backs that feeling.
The Boston Globe put out a thoughtful editorial piece about the subject, and how it could be something positive for Snyder and the Redskins if they ever decided to change the name:
“A name change wouldn’t be unprecedented, as Washington’s own basketball team morphed from the Bullets to the Wizards in 1997 amid concerns about the city’s soaring murder rate. That was a widely applauded act of civic sensitivity. The same can, and should, happen with the Redskins. Team owner Daniel Snyder, unpopular with many fans, has sought to score points with some Redskins diehards by vowing to never, ever change the name. But Snyder would gain more by showing respect to those who are offended by the name, and opening a new chapter in Washington football history.”
Maybe Snyder should finally give up this fight and do what's right for his team and the city of Washington. It could be something positive and might be able to outpace all the negative talk surrounding Snyder, RG III and anything else bad about the 'Skins.
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[via The Boston Globe]