Redskins… America… etc etc

Redskins America
BobLee
July20/ 2020

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July 20, 2020

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Redskins … America … etc etc

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WARNING:  Some of you will misinterpret the following remarks … jumping to the erroneous conclusion that I have “changed sides” in Battleground America 2020.  Be Assured that I have not.

These Troubling Times are giving us plenty of reasons to pound our plowshare into a sword … and to do so quickly.  But is Every Issue such a reason ?

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DID YOU KNOW THAT … The Americas (North, Central & South) is named for Amerigo Vespucci … a rather dubious fellow who was a contemporary of Christopher Columbus.  Vespucci was involved in sea-faring exploration in the late 1490s, but to what degree and with what accomplishment has never been verified… and is doubted by most “credible historians”.   Not all “historians” ARE “credible”!Redskins America

Vespucci claims to have explored the eastern coast of what is now Central / South America / Brazil and on one voyage purchased 232 “slaves” to be resold in Spain.  Uh Oh! … In his will, Vespucci left his “five household slaves” to his heirs.  Uh Oh!

I mention that before someone DEMANDS the Continent be renamed for either “a civil rights icon”  … or “a famous rapper” … or … or…

“The Americas” were named for Vespucci in 1532 – 20 years after Vespucci’s death – by a group of self-important pseudo-aristocrats who were pissed off at Columbus for some obscure reason.  Not because Vespucci himself ever did anything worthy of having two freakin’ continents named for him.

… OK, lets talk about “Redskins” now…

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In the 21 years that Daniel Snyder has owned The Redskins … No one other than Snyder himself or his entourage of toadies has ever said anything “nice” about the guy.  Being “nice” is not a requirement for owning a professional sports team.  With a handful of exceptions, most sports team owners are NOT  “nice”.   They are men with egos to match their bank accounts

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The recent OMG about rampant sexual harassment within Snyder’s organization is as SHOCKING as “another Political Scandal in Washington”.

Sports teams – especially NFL and NBA – are testosterone overloaded at every level from players, front office, cheerleaders, et al.

Many people want to be a part of such organizations FOR THAT REASON … and personnel are hired FOR THAT REASON.

Take a tour of any NFL / NBA front office … and count the number of unattractive women you see.  Damn few.  Being “eye candy” is a resume enhancer in any sports organization at every level.

NOTE:  Whoa BobLee… are you endorsing such a Neanderthal attitude? … Not at all. I am reminding you that it thrives in “sports” – likely within “your team” too.  If you have a “your team” in sports.

The Snyder Regime is noteworthy for extended mediocrity and for Dan Snyder’s unique ability to say / do the wrong thing at the wrong time. Other than a relative brief period under Joe Gibbs … “The Redskins” have been synonymous with mediocrity for 50+ years.  Despite having one of THE Best “Fight Songs” of all-time –

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

The dispute over the name “Redskins” has been going on for 20-30 years increasing in recent years as “those obsessed by such things” became increasingly so … and now appears to have culminated in discontinuance of the name.

Likewise the durm and strang over Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, The Land O’ Lakes squaw, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Edmonton Eskimos, etc etc and the various other logos to be discontinued as America fights”The Logo Wars”.

The Logo Wars and The Statue Wars are very similar.  The “Symbolism Over Substance” Gang choose issues that can be understood by their mouth-breathing rank/file; and by terminally woke “info babes” with bra sizes larger than their IQs.

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Lets discuss “Tar Heels”.  A dozen feckless galoots in Durham created an ad hoc collective noun for themselves … composed a You Must letter to “You People at UNC” DEMANDING the discontinuance of “Tar Heels” … and got TWO front page articles in the local bankrupt newspaper and two days mention on the local TV affiliates… and created bedlam on “scenic Franklin Street”.

The “Tar Heels” issue has probably exhausted its 15 minutes of OMG! They Can’t Do THAT… Can They? news worthiness … but its 2020 in America and its Chapel Hill… so Ya Never Know.

Within six minutes of the issue hitting social media … there were 694,321 combined tweets and FB posts from “hated rival fans” suggesting either “Cheaters” or “Tar Holes”as possible new team names.  The Vegas Over/Under on that was 632,507.

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IMOThe “Redskins” issue was a no-brainer that coulda shoulda been quietly resolved decades ago by quietly changing the name…  sans an obscenity-screaming mob of urban thugs and millennial wokees.

Unlike “Seminoles” or “Cherokees” or “Mohicans” … “Redskins” was never honoring a noble tribe of Indians / Native Americans / Indigenous People.

“Redskins” IS a derogatory term.  No different from “Niggars” … “Hymies” … “Spicks” … “Polaks” … “Slopes” … “Chinks” … “Krauts”.  There are no sports teams with those names.  Yeah yeah yeah … I know “the logo was designed by an Indian” and X number of “Indians” say they don’t mind it.

And “Silent Sam” coulda shoulda quietly been relocated to a less prominent location on the UNC campus decades ago.  That statue was put there 110 years ago.  America has evolved since then.

Likewise for 100s of “Confederate soldier statues” in town squares across The South.  All, apparently, cast from the same mold.  Quietly relocate them to less prominent sites in the community.  The window to do so “quietly” … alas, closed several years ago.

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The Atlanta Braves retired “Chief Noc-A-Homa” many years ago.  The Cleveland Indians shoulda done the same with goofy “Chief Wahoo”.   I am less dogmatic about “Seminoles” and “Chief Osceloa & Renegade”.

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IMO … the issue with controversial team names, flags, syrup bottles and statues is NOT their existence.  The Issue is …

Being FORCED To… 

Give up those names and logos, statues and flags. etc.… by roaming gangs of obscenity-spewing urban thugs and post-adolescent nitwits “getting their way” by spewing obscenities … and being brainless nitwits.

IF the adults in charge had “gumption” they woulda quietly anticipated and adapted to “changing times” BEFORE being Forced To. 

The timely application of “Gumption” can resolve 87% of “Issues”.

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As I prefaced all this … I have NOT “switched sides”.   I am just selective about what issues are worth fighting for.  IMO … these noted above are not.

There are still plenty of issues that ARE well worth fighting for in America.  Plenty of reasons you should pound your plowshare into a sword… and do quickly.

That reaffirmed … the timely application of Gumption can prevent “Mexican Stand-Offs”.  Yes, I purposely used an ethnic phrase just to see if you are paying attention.

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Tinfoilhatheel
4 days ago

The decision to call them the Washington Football Team is truly inspired. If there was ever a way to have your cake and eat it to this is it. As for the braying mobs (all 12 of them) going after the Tar Heels moniker, I figured that was coming, my choice for a new nickname that starts with a Ch, Chardonnay sippers

Dr Wire
11 days ago

Wow, Snyder has owned the Foreskins since 99? Wasn’t he the first of the tech billionaires to buy a team and didn’t blink at the cost but has no idea how to own a winning organization? New money in an old money neighborhood. Logical target to succumb to repeated pressure. . Say what you will about the current “cancel culture”, they pick their battle sites strategically, address the issue diligently and use a growing amount of funding with ease. And we wondered 10-15 years ago where all the newly minted lawyers were finding jobs as Corporate law jobs diminished due… Read more »

former96heel
former96heel
11 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

I agree that the demo most outraged, the leagues could care less about, but I also believe the leagues will be shocked that so few 18-30’s actually watch sports on TV. That is what granddad did for that crowd. They follow the trend set by the athlete, but they don’t tune in for the game of the week…at all. . Regarding lawyers, if you think the BLM legal environment is bad, just wait until the Covid ambulance chasers get out in force. They are going to be seeking money from every place short of the CDC. The states should have… Read more »

Rob
Rob
11 days ago
Reply to  former96heel

A trend we’ve noticed at C-F is young people coming into the stadium long enough to “selfie” and then they are gone. Spot on analysis, the 18-30’s will follow you on twitter and maybe buy some merchandise, but good luck getting them to watch a 3 hour game on TV or in person. Eventually that’s going to be a big loss in the form of ticket revenue and TV advertising dollars.

Rob
Rob
11 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

Students through age 27 or 28. There are always the handful who enjoy watching the game, but most in that 18 to 28 demographic are on their phones the short time they’re in the stadium and usually gone before halftime. And that seems to be the idea, games are becoming more rock concerts than the ACC football we remember. They used to blast music only when the visiting team was in their offensive huddle, now it blares all game long. Probably a matter of time before we have DJ’s next to the field the way the NBA has them beside… Read more »

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70sTarheel
12 days ago

They could keep the name and change the mascot to a potato. BTW former96tarheel, what’s happening at Tony’s Ice Cream?

former96heel
former96heel
11 days ago
Reply to  70sTarheel

Tony’s, like most of the bruhaha, is a complete set-up. Someone going in to create outrage. The lady did pick maybe the one place in town that folks may actually care enough about to pay attention. If it is racist to have someone eyeroll you or not pay close attention to your needs, Walmart better watch out.
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I don’t live there now, but 30 years ago, this would have been handled by the dozens of folks hanging out in the parking lot, looking to be a tough guy. I suppose calmer heads may be prevailing there now??? Shockingly.

iratepyrate
iratepyrate
13 days ago

Wow! Thanks for educating me about the RACIST!!! history of Vesppucci. I guess the mob will soon cancel “America” with a woke name …. Since I’m a Privileged White Male, my opinion will be ignored, but if it did “matter”, then I suggest: . Jacksonville, for Rev. Jesse Jackson. No, wait. That’ll be confused for Stonewall Jackson, a Racist general from the Racist confederate army. . Ok, how about Sharptonia, for Al Sharpton. No, “sharp” sounds too violent. Might send the snowflakes back to cowering in mommy’s basement. . King??? Nope, he preached content of character over the color of… Read more »

iratepyrate
iratepyrate
13 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

One more and I’m done … How about replacing the Redskins name to the Washington Chappaquiddicks? That idea is a two-fer. First, it’ll be honoring the Chappaquiddick band of Wampanoag Indians, and who could protest against an honest, fer-real Indian tribe? Second, it’ll honor the memory of an revered icon of the Democrats! Ooops, did I just “go there”??? . As much fun as I have mocking the hair-on-fire leftists, I seriously do enjoy reading your comments section as well as your thoughts on our ever-devolving society. It truly gives me hope that there is still some sanity in what… Read more »

Queen City
Queen City
14 days ago

The cancel & tear it down crowd will have to live up to their own standards at some point and it will backfire. If you look and try hard enough you can be offended by just about everything. I’m pretty confident TV ratings for pro sports are going to tank when they get cranked back up. Other than the owners, I really don’t believe the players know where the money is coming from to pay the salaries. Hopefully it will be the reaction in the marketplace that eventually forces this nonsense to diminish.

Doug
Doug
14 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

Not sure attendance will be allowed to be a significant number in some markets for the rest of the year and possibly beyond. Ratings will likely be up, at least while the virus lingers because people are starved for something other than fear and loathing.

Doug
Doug
14 days ago

Everything is figureoutable. Let us know when you figure out this state of things.

Harley
Harley
14 days ago

Spot on! It’s time for the grownups to put the out of control children in Time Out.

former96heel
former96heel
14 days ago

Just as in all things Culture War, the rage is all about the distraction, while the truly dangerous change happens right in front of our own eyes. The Fear Mob has virtually closed our church. At a time when there is so much need for ministry and outreach, our poor, leaderless congregation has balled up like a scared turtle waiting for a vaccine to protect the elderly. We are between pastors, so hope arrives soon, but it is scary to think that our congregation is not alone. Shutting down the church has been a Communist goal since Day 1. America… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
12 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

One comment. I know a little about a very highly rated (probably the highest in the WCPSS) school that has almost 1000 and is extremely multi-cultured due to the neighborhoods. The staff there has probably 100% enrolled THEIR children in the WCPSS Virtual Academy. They are not getting any answers to basic questions like….”Will we have REAL classes and what are the guidelines”. That school is burning. The principal MAY not be the chief violinist. He would be the “Concert Master” if you understand the Symphony rules. The REAL chief Fiddle sawyer is the WCPSS ELECTED BOARD OF EDUCATION. They… Read more »

Rob
Rob
14 days ago
Reply to  former96heel

One thing I’d add to the teachers not wanting to go back to work, and the lefty politicians fighting to keep them from doing so… IMHO its an integral part of the grand scheme to keep people dependent on public assistance. The greatest enemy of the Big Government Democrats are small business owners who provide great services and more importantly a living wage and livelihood for members of the community. Small business owners scare the hell out of big corporations and government workers. Bob Lee can say whatever the hell he wants to, because he doesn’t have to placate the… Read more »

Rob
Rob
14 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

There was a great article today on the daily wire, crushing a NYC teacher who claimed she “would take a bullet for her students” but is refusing to teach them due to COVID. The author broke down her statistical chances of dying from COVID and it was less than about 100 other things she does every week. . Also interesting how NYC is offering free child care to 100k children, so we can have all those kids pile into a museum or public library, and put some poor sap in charge of keeping them safe, but we can’t have them… Read more »

Joco Bob
Joco Bob
14 days ago

Your point about having some adult step up early and get something done before the woke crowd jumps on it reminds me of my school’s desegregation days. About three years prior to the courts saying get it done the school board chair in our county decided let’s do desegregation now on our terms before the courts tell us how they want it done. Also being in a predominately military employed county the top brass on base had already expressed concerns about his having to send military children to segregated schools in off base schools. . So the board voted to… Read more »

SunshotDeac
SunshotDeac
15 days ago

Never doubted you switching sides Bob Lee!…I think a lot of conservatives feel the same way about various logos, etc. Your key point about “being FORCED” is the one that worries me constantly, not just for a silly logo but for our constitutional system of government. Our politics now is more about force, IE. cancel culture, riots, shouting down the opposition rather than winning a debate with ideas and policies. The sad thing is that playing strictly by the rules politically makes it difficult to win against a corrupt opposition. I certainly never enjoyed it when my candidate(s) lost, but… Read more »

Bill Brockman
Bill Brockman
15 days ago

Down here in the swamplands, we are just waiting for some woke bloke with way too much time on his/her/its hands to take aim at our beloved Saints. Surely, someone will soon contend that the name is a trigger of anxiety since it conjures up thoughts of White Male Privilege and misogynistic trampling of women’s rights for centuries by the church that most reveres saints–the Catholic (boo, hiss) Church.

Bill Brockman
Bill Brockman
14 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

So true! Sort of like the old joke about one man asking another man about a fight he was having with his wife. His reply: “As always, we were eventually able to work out a compromise. We did it her way.”

Claude.K
Claude.K
15 days ago

Well said my friend.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
15 days ago

Interesting, BL….and also I expected you to be on top of things. I am NOT a “Hated Rival” of the light blue clan. Just a person that tries to get the facts so that when I express a controversial opinion, I can….as the MSM does, Baffle them with BS and make my point. . The term TAR HEELS (two WORDS) is well defined in the archives of the UNC Alumni association and that vestage of historically correct Info…. WIKI. Even my DW, of going almost 55 glorious years KNEW it was from the Harvesting of Pine Tar (resin) that the… Read more »

Jay Light
Jay Light
14 days ago
Reply to  NCSU68Grad

In Lee County Florida, the great minds down here are changing it from being named after Robert E. Lee to the guy of comic books fame, Stan Lee. Just when you thought FL politicians might be getting a little bit better.

delow24
delow24
14 days ago
Reply to  NCSU68Grad

Don’t forget the fellow travelers in Carrboro. That name should be very very problematic as well if the woke are truly fighting for the cause of “rename all the things” if they are remotely associated with something they don’t like.

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