Sunday night marked one of many things. One, Big Papi added to his legend and once again, restored Sox fans’ faith. Two, the political soapbox commentary that Bob Costas provided everyone with by taking his halftime minute on Sunday Night Football to talk about how the Redskins should change their team name.
This isn’t the first time Costas has taken his political agenda to the masses, and to be fair, for as long as he’s been in broadcasting, he’s earned his opinion, and the right to voice it. That being said, the opinion to change the name is wrong. Trying to get political figures involved is wrong, the whole movement against it just needs to stop.
Why? When has this ever been an issue prior to the last few years? I grew up in Redskin country, and not once prior to 2011 had I ever heard this loud of a voice, or any voice against it. Now, by saying I grew up in Redskin country, I’ve known fans of the team my entire life. I’ve known white fans, African-American fans, Asian fans, and yes, Native-American fans, and you know how many of them had an issue with the name? None. You know how many of them, any race, that are Skins fans have an issue with the name change? A lot.
Redskins fans have a deep, dedicated history of their own. Not so successful recently, but in over 80 plus years, has a tradition that their nation-wide fan base is intensely proud of, and if the team name should ever be changed, it should be at the voice of their fans, and not at the urging of a predominantly outspoken-white media movement. If you’ve been following the story at all, the loudest voices have been Roger Goodell, Peter King and now, Costas. Let the team and their fans have their history and their team, and leave the politics to the politics. I mean there are bigger government issues at hand right now other than a team name, right?