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SONG REMAINS THE SAME: NBC’s Al Michaels on Wednesday appeared on "Jim Rome on Showtime" and discussed the controversy around the Redskins nickname. He said, "For 70 some odd years, this was a zero issue and then it became an issue. ... I just think it's nuts. I've talked to (Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder) about it -- not recently, but when we were in Washington last year -- and he basically said, ‘Over my dead body’” ("Jim Rome on Showtime," 6/11). Meanwhile, ESPN's Michael Smith called the anti-Redskins ad that aired in several markets during Game 3 of the NBA Finals "very powerful." Smith: "It may sway some public sentiment for some people who are on the fence." But he noted the "only thing that will get them to change the name is not people spending money for a commercial, but people taking money out of Daniel Snyder's, and therefore the NFL's, pockets" ("Numbers Never Lie," ESPN2, 6/11).
SIMILAR PATHS: ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky wondered what Colts Owner Jim Irsay's view of addiction being treated as a disease is in light of his recent comments about his own addiction issues, considering players "expressed the same concerns about addictions stemming from pain management." Kuharsky: "If he has not expressed the same sympathy and sentiment for those players that he’s now seeking for himself, I wonder if the stance is more about covering his backside than about expressing a real opinion on a broader issue.” He could be a “leader and a resource for players with real problems” (ESPN.com, 6/11). ESPN's Jemele Hill said, "On the positive end, I was glad that he at least was able to give some people some insight into what addiction is" ("Numbers Never Lie," ESPN2, 6/11).