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8 July 2020 Views From The Booth Sports

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Greetings From The Booth!

The vacation countdown is on from The Booth, as I prepare for a Saturday departure and a week’s stay in a beautiful house at Deep Creek Lake, Md. (Thanks again, brother-in-law!) I said it last year, I’m more of a beach guy, but I could learn to love “Lake Life.”

Anyway, I wanted to bring you up to speed on the Shenandoah University Athletic landscape. In conjunction with the ODAC, SU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Bridget Lyons, released a statement last week on the Fall sports season. September 11 will be the first allowable day for outside competition. This affects all of the Hornet Fall teams, including football, which now will start it’s season at home on September 12 against NC Wesleyan. We will continue to update you on what is an ever-changing situation.

With all that’s going on in this so-called time of reckoning, there has been an increased outcry to change the name of the DC NFL franchise, The Washington Redskins. It was not so long ago that ‘Skins owner Daniel Snyder said (in all caps) that he would NEVER change the name of the team. Never say never, as the saying goes. The team in recent days has promised to take a serious look at a name change and re-branding of the team in light of pressure from corporations like Fed-Ex, who hold the naming rights to the stadium.

Here’s my take on the name change. Go ahead and do it now, Mr. Snyder. As I am not a Native American, I have no right to say the team name is not offensive. I do not live their experience. That being said, I would like to see more energy devoted to Native American issues that matter more than the name change of an NFL team, like education, job opportunity, and drug & alcohol abuse.

A name change for the ‘Skins will not take away my memories of the great moments in franchise history like the 3 Super Bowl victories under Joe Gibbs, or George Allen’s Over The Hill Gang, the magic of Sonny Jurgensen in the lean years, or the all-too-brief Vince Lombardi season of 1969. And let’s face it, if you’re looking for any great Redskins’ history since 1992, the “pickins” are slim.

Financially, a name change and re-branding for DC’s NFL team will not be that much of a burden for a team that has the 7th highest valued franchise in the league. The team colors could be kept, with just relatively minor changes to the logo itself. It matters more to me that the on-the-field product gets better than it’s been in the last 27 years.

So, what would be the new name of the team? That’s another discussion for a not-too-distant day. One name you can probably cross out is The DanSkins. The last thing Mr. Snyder needs right now is a lawsuit from a dancewear company…

The Booth will open again in 2 weeks. Until then…HAIL NAME CHANGE, and GO HORNETS!


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