Now, Costas has decided to jump on the bandwagon regarding the manufactured controversy about the Washington Redskins nickname. If you didn't see Costas' sermon on political correctness in football, it can be watched by clicking here **.
|Redskins primary logo 1972-1981, 1983-present (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I was a Redskins fan for many years. The Steelers were my AFC team and the 'Skins were my NFC team. I said the heck with the Redskins several years ago, not because of their so-called offensive nickname, but because of their owner, Dan Snyder. Snyder has ruined what was once a great franchise with poor personnel and management decisions.
Personally, I wish these dadgum sportscasters, actors, singers, and other celebrities would stay the heck out of societal and political issues. Them doing so ruins stuff. When I watch a football game, I want football. I don't want politics or anything else interfering with it - period. Keep football pure. If they want to talk about politics, there's plenty for them to hold Obama and Congress accountable for at other times. They could go on for 24 hours a day about that stuff, but they don't want to even though that's their job. They'd rather babble about football team names.
Here's what I'd like to ask Mr. Costas - if he's sooooooooo offended by the Redskins' nickname, is he gonna stop calling them by it when broadcasting their games? Better yet - is he gonna refuse the paycheck he received for covering Sunday night's game and turn it back into NBC? What about all those paychecks he's received over the years covering Redskins games and the games of other teams with so-called "offensive" nicknames?
I think we all know the answer to those questions is a resounding "no." In my opinion, until he does those things and puts his money where his mouth is, he's just another hypocrite.
Can we puh-lease just play football? Is that too much to ask?
Source - TheBlaze.com article titled "Veteran Sportscaster Calls Washington Redskins Name An 'Iinsult, A Slur' On National TV - Detractors Rip 'Lecture' "
** - the original video I embedded was apparently removed by NBC Universal. However, I was able to find it and re-embed it for my readers to see. The new source for the video is Bretbart.com's article titled "Bob Costas :Redskins Name 'An Insult, A Slur' ".