Monday, May 13, 2013
NFL owner weighs in on the debate over the team's name.
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder made a bold statement in an interview with USA Today last week about the controversy over the name of his pro football franchise. "We'll never change the name," Snyder told USA Today. "It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps." Washington-area residents had something to say about that on Twitter. @makingcjc, of Arlington, VA, supported Snyder: "'We’ll never change the name, it’s that simple NEVER - you can use caps' Never thought I'd say this, but Thank-You Dan Synder." @RolandoComedy, of Rockville, wondered why everyone is so worked up about the issue: "Really? Is the name Redskins affecting your life? Is it keeping you awake at night? Is it hurting your inner child? #Redskins" @JadoreCherelle, of …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Capital News Service: Team mascot faces challenges in Congress, the courts and high schools.
It’s a battle that has raged for decades. Is the name Redskins racist? Should the moniker and mascot of D.C.’s professional football franchise be changed? In recent months, the debate has been waged with unprecedented fervor. A federal trademark panel and Congress are considering the franchise’s trademark of the term, USA Today reported. Recent columns in The Washington Post have challenged the use of the name. This week, a Capital News Service special project examines “The Other Redskins: High Schools Debate Dropping a Controversial Mascot.” CNS identified 62 high schools in 22 states that use Redskins as their mascot—eight fewer schools than cited by the Washington Redskins on the team’s website earlier this year. Click here to access …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Washington Post writer calls names "offensive."
Has the PC-ification of modern society gone too far, or not far enough? In 2009, the Supreme Court decided to let stand a federal appeals court decision that native Americans had "waited too long to bring their challenge to the Redskins trademark and thus forfeited any right to sue," as reported in the Christian Science Monitor. Now, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy has linked the football team's name to the Negro Mountains in Western Maryland/Pennsylvania and is calling for Native American leaders to join forces with African American leaders to take a stand against names "rooted in systemic efforts to dehumanize." Milloy points to the controversy over the mountain range's name as early as 2011, and current efforts by Maryland …
Monday, January 28, 2013
At least one Washington Post writer thinks so.
As the Ravens prepare to face the 49ers in Sunday's Super Bowl—and with the Redskins having long since begun their own off-season—Washington fans are once again faced with a conundrum: should they back Baltimore? It's a question many Washingtonians confronted in recent seasons as the Ravens racked up four playoff appearances to the Redskins' none. But with the arrival of rookie sensation Robert Griffin III and the team's first signs of postseason life since 2007, has the calculus changed? For one Washington Post writer, the answer is still simple: Hail to the Ravens. Craig Timberg, an admitted Baltimore fan, says it's a no-brainer given the Ravens' many parallels to the Lombardi-winning Redskins clubs of yore: a stout defense, a great …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Traditional NFL rivalry heightened by playoff implications.
Late Sunday night, either the Washington Redskins or Dallas Cowboys will be crowned champions of the NFC East and earn a home playoff game in January. In the DC Metro area, the buzz is deafening, but there is significant national interest in the game as well. An ESPN.com poll asking, "Which team are you rooting for in the Cowboys-Redskins game in Week 17 that will decide the NFC East title?" has garnered more than 214,000 votes. Seventy-three percent (representing 49 states) said they are rooting for the Redskins, while 27 percent, representing a lone (star) state are pulling for the Cowboys. FedEx Field promises to be electric. If you are lucky enough to have your tickets already, the parking lots are opening earlier than usual (3:30 p.m…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Who will win the battle of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., regional foes?
The brawl between the beltways takes place Sunday in Landover. We can only hope it takes place on the field and not in the stands or at your local bar. But speaking of which, check out the scripted banter between the two fans in the YouTube video we've included. Where do your allegiances lie? Are you an RGIII fanatic, too? Or do you view the Redskins "as the other team from Maryland," like the Ravens fan said? TELL US: Who are you pulling for on Sunday and why? Give us a score prediction and a key for the game in the comments. — At the game or watching it with friends? Add your fan photos to this post to show your true colors.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
As the high-stakes campaign hits its home stretch, a pair of polls suggest Question 7 could be a losing bet.
Maryland’s casino industry has made a high-profile addition to its roster of supporters after the Washington Redskins came out in favor of a ballot initiative to expand in-state gambling. The NFL team—which is based in Northern Virginia but plays its home games at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County—is calling on its Maryland fans to vote yes on Question 7 when they head to the polls next month. The hotly contested ballot measure would open Maryland’s five casinos to table games such as poker and roulette, add a sixth mega-casino—potentially in Prince George’s—and allow more than 1,000 new video lottery terminals statewide. Question 7’s ultra-expensive advertising campaign—the Baltimore Sun pegs it at $25 million spent so far—has …
Friday, April 27, 2012
With the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Robert Griffin III, Baylor University's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Following former-Indianapolis Colts, now-Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's release in early March, Patch asked whether you thought the Redskins should pursue the Super Bowl champion and four-time league MVP or go a different route. The different route won out. In Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Baylor University's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III, with the second overall pick. Washington traded its first round pick in this year's draft (No. 6), along with it's 2012 second round pick, 2013 first round pick and 2014 first round pick to the St. Louis Rams for the right to select RGIII behind Stanford's Andrew Luck, who was picked No. 1 by Indianapolis. In March, …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
In his final column for the Washington City Paper, Dave McKenna spends more time dissing Dan than faring-thee-well.
A well-publicized, Washington area drama may be coming to an end. We aren't talking about Real Housewives or the latest Capitol Hill kerfuffle, but rather an altercation that hits a little closer to the hearts of Washington sports fans in the Potomac neighborhood. After a year of jibes and lawsuits between Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Washington City Paper writer Dave McKenna, McKenna has written his final column for the City Paper. Titled "Dan Snyder: Unsportsman of the Year, 2011," McKenna leaves CP with a diatribe of Snyder proportional to the November 2010 column that got him and his publication sued. Snyder pulled the suit in September of this year, but it looks like tempers and feelings haven't cooled much since. In his…
Friday, August 5, 2011
Cool down at Cabin John Ice Rink or enjoy local Happy Hour specials.
Good morning, Potomac. We've made it to the end of another work week. Here's your five things to know today. 1. A partly sunny day is on tap today, with highs in the upper 80s. A chance of showers or thunderstorms is forecast for Friday evening. Temperatures will drop to the low 70s. 2. Stop by the Cabin John Regional Park Ice Rink at 6 p.m. to learn to speedskate. The Potomac Speedskating Club welcomes skaters young and old as well as all levels of experience. The club hosts year-round programs at the Cabin John Ice Rink on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You know, the ice rink could be the perfect place to be on a warm evening. 3. Hey Redskins fans—I know there's more than a few of you out there. Fan Appreciation will be held at 10:15…