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Why The Redskins’ Name Debate Is Getting Ridiculous

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Brandon Sacks

In the NFL, no team has caused more of a disturbance than the Washington Redskins.  There has been a major discussion about the name of the franchise.  The name is considered to be a belittling term for Native Americans, and there has been a push to change it to something that is less controversial.  There has been a strong recommendation from many different people, including some Native American Tribes and the US Congress, to change the name.  The problem with this is the owner of the franchise.  Dan Snyder has made it very obvious that he has no intentions of changing the name, and he has been very adamant about that.

Earlier today, there was a serious blow to Snyder’s intentions.  The US Patent Office has officially cancelled the Redskins’ trademark, calling it disparaging to Native Americans.  This means that the Redskins organization no longer has control over the sale of merchandise for the team; some regular Joe Schmo can now sell merchandise with the Redskins name and logo on it without problems from the team.  Some have called this revocation the beginning of the end for the name of the franchise.

Everyone that is a fan of the sport is caught up in the situation in one way or another.  However, the reality of the situation is that it is absolutely ridiculous.  Dan Snyder has made it obvious that he has zero intention to change the name, yet people are still trying to convince him to do so.  This same exact revocation happened back in 1999 where they were denied trademarks, but the team won the appeal.  You can expect the same exact series of events to transpire.

Here’s another question that is brought up by the attack on the Redskins.  Why is it not acceptable for Washington to have this name when there are other teams that have potential derogatory names for Native Americans.  The Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, and Atlanta Braves all are teams that have names derived from Native American culture, yet it is acceptable for them to have their names.  The Indians are even referred to as the Tribe, but people decide to look past this because it’s easier to gang up on the Redskins.

The Redskins are a privately owned company, yet people want to force the owner to change the name.  What about all of the state college and public high school teams that are subsidized by the federal government?  The reigning BCS National Champion Florida State Seminoles shouldn’t be exempt from this argument.  The William & Mary Tribe, who were the Indians until the mid-1980s, seem exempt from this whole debacle, yet the minute change doesn’t remove the ties to Native American culture.  What about in high school?  The oldest high school in Baltimore County, Franklin High School in Reisterstown, which has been around since 1820, is called the Indians.  None of these teams receive any criticism from the general public, yet the government has the power to make these schools change their names should they be found degrading.

What is is about the mob mentality that causes people to want to gang up on the Redskins?  There are other teams in all levels of sports that have names that could be equally offensive, yet people turn a blind eye.  By doing this, it only makes the arguments that are presented against Washington’s historic football franchise that much more laughable.  In this era of being politically correct about everything, you cannot judge one group without judging all of them.  People need to start using certain arguments with every single sports team, from recreational to professional, before this entire spectacle with the Redskins will change.  Until then, it will remain a huge joke.

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Is This The Beginning of the End?

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Is This The Beginning of the End?

Posted on 29 June 2012 by Robert Testoni

The best part about the baseball season is that because of its length, in most cases the cream rises to the top. Make no mistake, they could end the season a month earlier and accomplish the same thing. There are teams that have gone from last to first in a year, (1987 Minnesota Twins, 1991 Atlanta Braves) but those were good teams that came together and stayed around for a while because of a solid nucleus of players. The 2012 Baltimore Orioles have been fun, but this may be coming to a crashing end.

When the Orange Kool-Aid was spiked in May, I was the voice of reason. I have always thought August 1st was a good date, as at that point, the contenders and pretenders tend to sort themselves out. Although, I will not stick a fork in our birds right now, because they do have a month to right the ship. Let’s have fun a do a progress report.

In this look, I want to compare the Orioles of this year to the last 5 winners of the American League East. The 2007 Red Sox, 2008 Rays, 2009 Yankees, 2010 Rays, and 2011 Yankees tell an interesting statistical story of what it takes to win the division. Frankly, I know that statistics do not tell the whole story, but in baseball, which is ‘stats driven’ it lets you know where you need to be as a team.

Let’s start off with what I think is the most glaring issue with this team, the defense. In the last 5 seasons no division winner has committed more than 102 errors. That was the New York Yankees off last year. Right now, the Orioles our on pace to commit over 145 errors for the year. That means that Orioles would allow ¼ of an out more per game than the Yankees of last year. No division winner in this span has ranked lower than 4th in the league in this category. As of now, the Orioles are last.

The range for earned run average over the past 5 years is between 3.73 and 4.26. Although the Orioles team staff ERA is right in line with the range of winners at 3.85, there is more to the story. Looking deeper into the numbers the staff ERA has gone up every month of the season. After a wonderful 3.03 in April, they went to 4.16 in May, and 4.25 so far in June, which is the red flag.

Let us turn to the offense and simply look at batting average first. Taking the Tampa Bay Rays from 2010 out, no other team has hit at a clip less than .260. The Orioles are at a .244 team average right now, and as we have seen lately, it isn’t getting any better. Everyone remembers than Tampa team for having an excellent pitching staff, with no hitting. Even they hit for a .247 average.

Lastly, looking at the OPS the Orioles .716 is .20 points lower than lowly hitting Tampa team from 2010. Frankly, if you look at the class of the division over the time, the Orioles need to get the OPS up to the .800 range.

Obviously these numbers are not the, all answers to everything, but it gives you a start of where the Baltimore Orioles need too be to win the division. At this point they do not seem to be measuring up.

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