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Collinsworth Joins Call For Redskins Name Change After Announcing "SNF" Game

Collinsworth thinks the Redskins eventually will change the team name
NBC's Cris Collinsworth said something "just didn't feel right" about using the name Redskins while calling the team's game against the Cowboys on "SNF," according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Collinsworth said, "I have to admit, as I was watching the game Sunday night and I was saying the word Redskins, in my brain it was coming out red skin. And there was something about that that just didn’t feel right." He added, "I think [Redskins Owner] Daniel Snyder, the good man that he is, will eventually see what is best for the Washington Redskins is for him to lead a name change. And I hope he does" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/16). In Richmond, Cordel Faulk writes under the header, "Washington's Football Team Name Is Racist; Change It Now" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 10/17). THE MMQB's Don Banks asked, "What if the Redskins were known as just the Skins?" There would be "no apostrophe before the S, because it wouldn't be a shortened version of Redskins any more" (MMQB.SI.com, 10/16).

ALL IN THE TIMING: DC-based WNEW-FM's Chris Lingebach reported the "latest to make his pro-Redskins sentiments known" was SiriusXM host Chris Russo, who "vehemently argued to keep the name on his satellite radio show on Tuesday, in a debate" with SI's Peter King. Russo asked King, "Where were you ten years ago? Or where were you fifteen years ago? Why now all of a sudden has it dawned on you that the name might be offensive?" King said, "I wouldn’t say that it dawned on me all of a sudden. It’s something that, as I said, over the last two or three years, gradually, I have come to dislike. I just don’t like it because it seems offensive." King added of The MMQB, "If I didn’t have this site, if I were still working at Sports Illustrated as just a writer for the magazine, would I have taken this stand? I can’t tell you. All I know is that having my own site gave me more of the ability to say 'I’m not going to do this.'" King: "Having an open mind has allowed me to think about this often over the years, and whereas, I used to write it and not really like writing it but just wrote it and put it out of my mind, I just decided I wasn’t going to do it anymore." Russo and King over the course of the next six minutes "would volley back-and-forth passionately over an array of nuances commonly associated with the issue" (CBSLOCAL.com, 10/15).
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