Saturday, February 5, 2011

Poll: How Do You Feel About the Redskins?

The Redskins. Sometimes they win, more often not. But the question we're asking today is: The Redskins' athletic abilities aside, is it time for the team or the owner to change?

It's impossible to ignore Redskins' owner Dan Snyder's libel lawsuit against City Paper, accusing the paper of "lies, half-truths, innuendo and anti-Semitic imagery."

In 2009 the Redskins sued a 72 year-old woman and won a judgment for $66,364 because she couldn't continue to pay the annual $5,300 cost of her contract for end zone seats. Over a 5 year period the Redskins have sued 125 fans.

Then there's the name controversy: Should the Redskins change their name, given the connotations of "redskin"? In the real world, calling a Native American a "redskin" would be considered racist. So why should a football team use that name?

For some additional background about the Redskins, here are three articles:  TBD story about the lawsuit, BBC article about the team's name, and Washington Post article about suing fans.

So we ask: Do the Redskins need a radical overhaul? You can vote in our poll about the Redskins at


  1. I am not renewing season tickets and am not going to spend one more cent on the team until Snyder is out. He epitomizes sleaze

  2. The City Paper article may have been a bit over-the-top snarky, but suing paper for that is dumb. Better to ignore. "Fair/unfair" isn't the right choice for me. But "dumb/smart"?-- Dumb. Also, a waste of legal and judicial resources and intimidation of the press. Not good.

  3. We already gave up our season tickets and are delighted that we did. Wouldn't it be great as a city -- people as shareholders -- if we could buy the 'skins from Snyder = you know, like Green Bay did with the Packers years ago? A pipe dream, but he is just small. We deserve something better. The players deserve something better.