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Thoughts on the Eventual Redskins Name Change – Make it Happen

By Marc Lande

Us Washington football fans might not realize this but our team is inextricably linked to one other franchise: the Dallas Cowboys, period.

Now over the past few days I have been looking at other rivalries including the New York Yankees vs the Boston Red Sox’s, Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Washington Capitals, Boston Celtics vs the Los Angeles Lakers but there is a rivalry which to me captures Cowboys-Washington football best: Foreman/Ali and the Rumble in the Jungle.

You see, the Rumble in the Jungle where-close-to over-the-hill not-so-popular Muhammad Ali dissected and dismantled younger America’s Sweetheart at the time George Foreman is like every time Dallas and Washington take the field.

If you fans do not think we are like the counted out Ali, ‘training for that fight outside Kinshasa to the beat of a drum’ and ‘dancing around the elephant blows of Foreman in the ring’ then you do not understand Washington football. Just like Ali, always the greatest yet always looking for respect.

You see, until we are given the status of America’s team here in the Nation’s Capital, we are always an older Ali, Muslim and disdained CO status, talking a big game but nothing but fluff against the standard bearer in America sports, the most valued franchise, America’s team.

Just like Ali had to innovate with a rope-a-dope strategy and outsmart Foreman, just like Doug played the most intelligent football any QB had seen for a quarter in SB XXII, our name must bear a real standard.

When this writer watches documentaries, this writer wonders was Ali even throwing punches with his ‘ghetto burgers’ and ‘training sessions to the beat of the drum’ or was he doing something half like fighting, half like entertaining and mostly nonviolent at least for boxing standards. The Washington football team needs a standard that allows for rope a dopes, entertainment and sort of like non violence.

I mean I am hearing ‘Red tails’ and ‘Red Hawks’ and ‘Warriors’ and ‘Defenders’ and ‘Potomacs’ and ‘Iroquois’…all these names are bubble gum. A name is of most importance, period.

Let’s take a clue from an Ali in Kinshasa—our name does not have to be a warrior militaristic name. When I lived in Ghana, Ghanaians called white people ‘abrownee.’ I had the term explained to me that in their native language ‘Abrow’ meant horizon and nee meant people so we were named people of the horizon.

I do not know how true this actually is never got it confirmed. But this is where our name should be at. A word for arrivers.

Or my dad’s “First Americans” or some word that Native Americans want to give to us.

Bring it to the Tribal councils and the National Museum of the American Indian. Let them stay up late into the night and find a name.

I do not want to sound like a racist: but if they decide to raffle the name on a game of bingo that is fine with me! The same with the uniform.

In anthropology, there is a term called ethnocentrism. Let the Native Americans gift us the name. It certainly will not be ethnocentric again!

I am sure our gifted name will outlast Foreman’s whiffs and Dallas’ might!


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