The 4-5 Washington Redskins about to meet the 9-0 Carolina Panthers at BOA Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Given their respective records it seems unlikely. But they had a great day last week against New Orleans, so who knows?
Panthers take the kickoff to the 40 yard line.
To be continued.
Darrell Green talks Redskins name, state of franchise
Q: What should the franchise do about the name and the complaints about it being racist?
Cousins throws an interception. Opps!
A: I’ve said on many occasions that my initial response was the owner didn’t want to have a dialogue and I said that wasn’t right. It deserves a conversation, a response, a discovery of the legitimacy of what is being challenged. I still maintain that. I have also been on record that I’m not throwing away anything that is Redskins that I played under that flag. But I think it’s fair and responsible to come to a clear conclusion to say this is right or this is wrong, and this is hurting people.
Touchdown, Panthers at 9:56 in the first. Kick is good, 7-0 Panthers.
I have not seen their voice and their representation at a national level. I’ve seen people talk about it, but I have not seen anybody representing those people. Back in history, we had a face in Dr. King who had a message that needed to be responded too. … Nobody really knows what the issues are. If that comes, the Redskins are responsible to respond to that. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not throwing anything I have but I’ll support whatever decisions are made down the pike.
Garçon catches a nice pass at the 46. Touchdown pass to Garçon on the next play, 7-7! Great response.
What Others Say: 'Redskins' name isn't federal issue
The name “Redskins” is offensive to Native Americans, and we wish that the owners of the National Football League franchise in Washington, D.C., would retire it. But the government’s decision to deprive the name of federal trademark protection went too far, and the team has the First Amendment on its side in challenging that decision.
In 2014, at the behest of five Native Americans, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins’ trademark registration, citing a federal law that prohibits trademark protection for names that “may disparage ... persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The decision didn’t prohibit the team from continuing to use the name, and left in place some legal avenues for the team to contest trademark infringement of the “Redskins” name by others. In July, the decision was upheld by a federal district judge in Virginia.Andre Roberts returns the kickoff 99 yards for a Redskins touchdown! Kick is good. 14-14!
Now the team is appealing that decision to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and it makes several compelling arguments. The most persuasive is that the “disparagement” clause in trademark law violates the 1st Amendment because it “discriminates based on content and viewpoint.”
While I went and grabbed lunch, the Redskins were force to punt, and Carolina took it near their own goal. First down at the 23. Another first at the 40, and then another in the Redskins territory. On the next play, a high hit and a recovered fumble for a TD by the Redskins is flagged and called back. Panthers on the Redskins 13 yard line. Redskins almost get an interception behind the goal line, but drop it. Pass interference on the Redskins puts the Panthers at the 1. Holding against the Redskins, half the tiny distance. Carolina challenges an incomplete pass call in the end zone. . . Panther TD, 21-14 Panther. OK, that was ugly.
Ordinarily, the government may not regulate speech based on its content, but the Supreme Court has carved out an exception for “government speech.” In upholding the Patent and Trademark Office’s action, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee concluded that decisions about trademark registration are “government speech.”Redskins take it at the 20. Caroline recovers a fumble at the Redskins 24. Oooof.
The Supreme Court invoked that same rationale earlier this year in ruling that the state of Texas could reject specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. ... (B)ut even if one considers a slogan on a license plate an expression of the government’s opinion, the same can’t be said for the 2 million trademarks registered by the office.
As the team notes in its brief: “No one thinks about the government when buying Nike shoes, surfing Google or watching National Football League games. Many marks, such as ACLU and National Rifle Organization, represent organizations that regularly oppose government regulation.” As for offensiveness, the team notes that the list of registered trademarks includes several that are lewd or insulting, such as SlutsSeeker (a dating service), Dumb Blondes Beer and Dangerous Negro shirts.
The legitimate mission of the Patent and Trademark Office is to regulate intellectual property rights by determining whether a name or symbol is original and distinctive. It shouldn’t be in the business of choosing among trademarks on the basis of offensiveness. The 4th Circuit should recognize that fact and leave the debate over “Redskins” to the court of public opinion.Fresh off Drudge: Labor Department throws football party, but bans Redskins jerseys
When the U.S. Labor Department’s Center for Civil Rights wanted to celebrate its accomplishments last week, its managers threw the staff a football-themed tailgate party in the office parking lot.
The invite, distributed across the agency’s official email system, had all the rah-rah of a playoff game. “Celebrate a championship year!” it declared.
There was only stipulation: no Washington Redskins jerseys, paraphernalia or memorabilia.
“It has been respectfully requested that employees voluntarily refrain from wearing clothing or other sports memorabilia that promote Washington D.C.’s professional football team, the Redskins, or other teams that use names, characters, etc. that may portray American Indians or other cultures in a derogatory manner,” an asterisk-marked note at the bottom of the invitation reader.
First down, Panthers at the 40. Forced to punt after no real gains. Redskins from the 20. Sacked on the first play, back to the 14. Redskins punt, Panthers recover on their own 33.
An email from an office manager went into greater detail about the ban, while forwarding the invite.
“While I recognize the varying opinions surrounding the name of the Washington D.C. football team, as a civil rights office, I ask us all to be particularly sensitive to names, symbols, etc., that may be considered offensive based on race, ethnicity, sex, etc.,” the email read.
“Please join me in promoting an inclusive environment for all employees and be conscientious about how we represent our values as a civil rights office.”
The email included links to statements opposing the Redskins logo from the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) and Blacks in Government (BIG).
The two federal worker groups have asked the Office of Personnel Management to ban the use of the Redskins name or paraphernalia at government activities and to conduct training to educate federal workers on why the team name is “racially offensive.”
The Labor Department invite was sent to The Washington Times by a reader who works for the agency who found the entire event took political correctness to a new level.
Labor officials confirmed the invite and the event, which occurred Friday. They said no tax dollars were spent on the tailgate party, and the agency does not have a formal policy on the Redskins team name.
“The Civil Rights Center is a small office, and the food was paid for by the managers, out of their pockets,” spokesman Stephen G. Barr said. “There is no DOL policy on sports teams.”The Panthers start from their 4 yard line, but it's not like they really care. One minute left and the Panthers are back on their 2. Panthers delay of game, back to the 1. Safety 44-16 Panthers, while the Panthers dance in the end zone to stretch it out. 16 seconds left.
Washington takes the kick at the 42 with 10 seconds, and the game ends 44-16 Panthers. Linked at Wombat-socho's special post-Thanksgiving food coma double-stuffed Rule 5 compendium "Rule 5 Sunday: Them Ain’t Turkeys, Them Are Ducks."