Vladimir Obama: Redskins Should Change Name

Redskins
In another stunning display of unnecessary divisiveness, our imperial leader has proclaimed that since there are now enough people offended by the name “Redskins”, team ownership should consider changing it.

This, from an article appearing today on the Associated Press website:

President Barack Obama says he would “think about changing” the Washington Redskins’ name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word that many consider offensive to Native Americans.

Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names such as the Redskins offend “a sizable group of people.” He said that while fans get attached to the names, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he said in the interview, which was conducted Friday.

Hat tip: The Drudge Report

What’s Up With the NFL?

I don’t think I watched a single game over the weekend that did not have a very poor call on the part of the replacement officials in the NFL.

With all the money in the NFL, why cheapen the product by not putting the best officials possible on the field? Why skimp on THOSE salaries? Why pay players their exorbitant salaries and then turn around and watch as those high-priced players are degraded by lousy officiating?

Stay tuned as this travesty continues to reveal itself. The NFL issued a statement about the lousy call at the end of the Seattle-Green Bay game by stating:
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Standing on the Brink of…?

Fill in the blank! As the NFL kicks off it’s first full weekend of games, I’m left wondering…is the electorate more worried about their favorite NFL team, or are they worried about this year’s election?

We’re standing on the brink, the cusp, the edge of the cliff, or whatever metaphor you wish to use. Or, am I merely being reactionary? After all, for the first time in my memory, the NFL is under assault. There are too many concussions, too many debilitating injuries, too much violence for this game to continue. In other words, the NFL is based on too much individual choice. Think about it. Aren’t most NFL players college graduates? Aren’t they cognizant of the risks of playing at the professional level?

How many people throughout our history have taken chances and risked life and limb? What about miners? What about loggers? What about the men and women that help to enforce our laws? Should we outlaw those jobs as an unnecessary risk? What about the men and women in uniform that lay their lives on the line to help secure our freedom? Is THAT an unnecessary risk?

Life is fraught with risk. It defines what it means to be human. There will always be risk-takers that see great rewards if they can transcend the risk of their actions.

What does it say of our society when we no longer take risks? And what does it say of our society that champions those that take risks, like in the NFL?