President Barack Obama recently said that if he were the football team's owner, he'd think about changing the Washington team's name. The normally non-committal president's comments fueled a debate over the top sports team in the nation's capital.
The debate involves some of the nation's richest men. A wealthy member of the Oneida Indian Nation has taken it upon himself to lead the charge against the Redskins' name. Ironically, after meeting with NFL officials in New York, ultimately the decision will be made by 31 white men.
The Oneida, meaning "the People of the Upright Stone" are a Native American/First Nations people that are one of five founding nations of the Iroquois Confederacy located in an area of upstate New York. Historically, the Oneida were believed to have emerged as a tribe in the 14th century that inhabited acres of land that later became central New York, particularly around Oneida Lake and Oneida and Madison counties.
I was once told that the only bad thing about being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it. So it is with democracy; you have to have the freedom to disagree to prove that it works.
This brings me to the issue of the Washington Redskins. They are one of the oldest teams in the National Football League (NFL). Lately, they have come under unrelenting pressure from certain quarters to change their storied name from the Redskins. Some are suggesting that the name is offensive to Native American. The Oneida Indian tribe has been at the forefront of this controversy.
They have been making the argument that the name Redskins is racist and insulting to Native Americans. One thing I have learned in life is not to argue with a person's feelings. Feelings are not always logical nor are they always based on facts. Feelings have everything to do with emotion.
The disappointment from the crowd was evident, with a few boos oozing from the 15,209 in attendance as the Grizzlies fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 99-84 at FedExForum on Wednesday night.
It was a lack of effort and seemingly lethargic attitude that disappointed the crowd most. The reaction sent Grizz guard Mike Conley into flashback mode.
"It hurts a lot because we've come a long way," Conley said. "We've come a very long way in my six years here. I remember the boos as a rookie, second year and third year and I don't ever want to go back to it."
Over halfway into the 2013 campaign, the University of Memphis football team has been competitive in each and every week. Yet through seven games, the Tigers have only been able to tally one win.
So is head coach Justin Fuente satisfied with their improvement?
"In a lot of ways, we should sit back and say 'look at the progress.' It's encouraging to get close. It's a lot better than where we were last year. We were getting our doors blown off left and right," said Fuente during his weekly press conference.
Miami Dolphins' coaches reportedly asked the offensive line's leader, Richie Incognito, to toughen up teammate Jonathan Martin, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Incognito, who is currently suspended from the Dolphins for bullying Martin, may have taken those instructions too far.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Incognito was given his missive after Martin had missed a voluntary workout last spring. Incognito is reported to have left threatening voicemails and text messages, including one calling the player a racial slur.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless was scoreless for three quarters. Suddenly, he couldn't miss.
Bayless and the Grizzlies rallied, got in a defensive mindset and erased a six-point deficit late fourth in the quarter. The cohesiveness down the stretch led to a 95-88 victory on Monday night at FedExForum against the winless Boston Celtics. Bayless poured in 15 points in the final quarter.
"I got rhythm," Bayless said. "I played so bad I missed three layups in the first half. I had to figure something out. You know it just kind of worked out and I was able to make some shots and make up for the bad stuff I did in the first half."
The Grizzlies (1-2) begin a three-game home stand tonight when the Boston Celtics (0-3) visit the FedExForum.
On Wednesday (Nov. 6), New Orleans marches into Memphis, with Golden State challenging the Grizzlies on Saturday (Nov. 9).