The Washington Football Team That Shall Not be Named

By Karl Buscheck
Robert Griffin III
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According to a staff writer at Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback,” the popular site will no longer use the term “Redskins.” Instead MMQB will refer to the franchise as the “Washington football team.”

In a story about Robert Griffin III last week, “Washington Redskins” doesn’t show up one time. King himself texted “The Big Lead” that “no final decision has been made.” Final decision or not, doing so would prove a shrewd move. Last fall, Washington City Paper and the Kansas City News stopped using the moniker because as Deadspin notes, it’s a “slur.”

An ESPN executive recently described the team as the “Washington National Football club,” which incidentally actually sounds pretty cool. Publications like Mother JonesSlate and The New Republic have also banished the title.

Those are some influential publications, then again, Mother Jones doesn’t exactly spend a lot of time breaking down the play of RGIII. So, in a sense the stand is more symbolic than anything else. MMQB joining in, though, is big news.

King is one of the top NFL writers, and he also works at NBC as part of its Sunday night broadcasts. The Washington club will be playing in the Sunday night game in both week seven and 14. So, it should be interesting to see if King’s rule applies to television as well.

The ugly name is, perhaps, not the most pressing issue in the world of sports or even the NFL. However, as more and more publications ignore the nickname, ultimately it might just disappear altogether.

Karl Buscheck is a writer for Follow him on Twitter @KarlBuscheck and add him to your network on Google.


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