Over the years we’ve seen the nicknames/logos of sports teams change or come under fire due to being seen as offensive. When the NBA’s Golden State Warriors were the Philadelphia Warriors the team had a logo with a Native American portrayed on it. A state board meeting in Oregon earlier this year resulted in a vote outlawing Native American mascots in schools. The University of North Dakota’s athletic teams will no longer be the Fighting Sioux. The University of Miami (OH), now known as the RedHawks were at one time known as the the Redskins.
The Redskins in the NFL won’t be changing their name, not yet atleast, although there are more than a few who don’t approve of it. But they will no longer be referred to as such by the Washington City Paper.
Meet your new football team, D.C.: the Washington Pigskins. That’s the name Washington City Paper will use from now on to refer to the folks in burgundy and gold who play at FedEx Field, instead of the name the team prefers, which is a pejorative term for Native Americans.
Over the last week, 1,125 of you voted on which of five names we should go with, and Pigskins—a.k.a. Hogs, in a tribute to the team’s great offensive line of the first Joe Gibbs era—stiff-armed the competition like John Riggins did to Don McNeal in Super Bowl XVII. The name won 50 percent of the vote.
Other suggestions included the Washington Monuments, Washington Half-Smokes, Washington RG3skins, and the Washington Washingtons, which received ten percent of the votes.
Whether acts like this or the Kansas City Star preferring to not use the word Redskins will have any impact on professional sports teams who currently have Native American nicknames remain to be seen. But we do know at a time when political correctness is probably at its peak similar actions will surely be taken at some point down the road, if not sooner.
H/T DC Sports Bog