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Washington Pigskins? That kind of works

The CityPaper has become the latest publication to announce they won’t use the term “Redskins” anymore. They held a brief poll to rename the team and Pigskins won out:

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…

…One added benefit to the name: The ’Skins abbreviation still works. And even the team’s fight song can fit our new style, with only slight modification: “Hail to the Pigskins, hail victory, Hogs on the warpath, fight for old D.C.!”

That’s a good a compromise that will ever be found I suppose. Of course, since it is the CityPaper making the suggestion, it won’t fly with Dan Snyder. PETA won’t like either, so the name has that going for it.

Of course, Redbullets is awesome too.

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder drops CityPaper suit

I finally got around to blogging about the Dan Snyder vs. CityPaper/Dave McKenna SLAPP suit the other day after several false starts. The fact that Snyder had not even read the whole article showed that the whole thing was intellectually dishonest.

Last night, around 8 p.m., Snyder announced that the suit would be dropped. So, at the very least, his PR apparatus is learning enough to know when the best time to announce this sort of action is — Saturday evening. Had he waited a few more hours, it would not have made the Sunday editions, for what that is worth.

Statement from the CityPaper: Dan Snyder Drops Lawsuit against Washington City Paper, Dave McKenna

Washington Redskins statement: Snyder Dismisses Lawsuit Against City Paper

From The Post: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder drops lawsuit against Washington City Paper

The original CityPaper article: The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder

I’m not a lawyer, but it sounds like it wasn’t absolute victory for the CityPaper, at least based on the Snyder statement. I think Snyder believes he saved face on this one. I am guessing all but the Redskins true believers think so.

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Business of Sports Q&A featuring Redskins, Nats, Caps and Wizards ownership wrap up – where is the video?

Tuesday, Washington Post Live presented Business of Sports – Q and A with panelists Ted Leonsis, owner the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics (Monumental Sports), Robert Tanenbaum, principal owner of the Washington Nationals and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, chairperson of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and Will Chang, owner of D.C. United.

I was hoping and expecting that video of the entire event would be online, right now there are only clips. I have emailed Post PR and was told the video was being edited and I’d get a reply when its ready. Nothing yet, but if they ever do get it, I’ll post the video.The video has finally been posted

The Tanenbaums, particularly Robert, have not been the most active of the Nats principal owners (how can you have 5 principal owners anyway?) which I noted in the early post. Robert Tanenbaum noted that the Nats will win the World Series in the Year of the Bear. Obviously, I’m worried he’s right because:

THERE IS NO “YEAR OF THE BEAR”

Oh my, that built no confidence.

Meanwhile, DC Sports Bog has lots of coverage of course:

Snyder and Leonsis on the media D.C. sports owners rooting for each other Snyder: No to HBO’s Hard Knocks Snyder on FedEx Field

Also, Chang indicated that he’d like United to stay in D.C. and that he has a greater sense of urgency about finding a new home field for the soccer team. I have mentioned before that I would like to see DCU stick around here and not go somewhere like Baltimore. I have only been to one game so far, but I am open to going to more and who knows, maybe in a few years my son will be a big soccer fan.

I was hoping and expecting that video of the entire event would be online, right now there are only clips. I have emailed Post PR and was told the video was being edited and I’d get a reply when its ready. Nothing yet, but if they ever do get it, I’ll post the video.

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Panel discussion with Redskins, Nats, Caps, Wizards, United, Mystics ownership at 8:45

Washington Post Live is hosting a panel discussion, the Business of Sports Q&A, featuring ownership from all the D.C. pro teams at 8:45 a.m. today The panelists include:

Ted Leonsis, owner the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics (Monumental Sports)

Robert Tanenbaum, principal owner of the Washington Nationals and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, chairperson of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins

Will Chang, owner of D.C. United

The panel will be talking about what they “do and don’t do to make their franchises successful.” Last time I checked, only one of those owners is successful right now. I am interested to see what questions make it through the screening.

The Tanenbaums appearance as the Nats representatives on the panel is a little surprising, because Ted Lerner is the “managing principal partner” and his son Mark is the principal partner that has been most active, at least publicly, of the principal owners. I cannot recall any occasion other than the introductory press conference in 2006 that Robert Tanenbaum, a son-in-law, was specifically involved in.

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SI worst owners list includes Snyder, Lerners and Angelos

In a survey of the top and bottom five owners in the four major sports by Sports Illustrated is not well represented. The Lerner family comes in at 5th worst MLB owner(s) while Redskins owner Dan Snyder is ranked 3rd worst NFL owner.

The Lerners are on the list because they have seemed only concerned about cash flow and the team is losing. If they draft and sign Stephen Strasburg, they’ll likely be off the list. I think they are coming around a bit — later than they should have, but signing Adam Dunn and extending Ryan Zimmerman shows some hope. I think they won’t be on the list next year.

Is Snyder really worse than the Cincinnati Bengals Mike Brown? Snyder runs the Redskins like a fantasy team, but he can’t be that bad can he? The Redskins are at least competitive most years.

Abe Pollin
cracks neither side of the NBA list and Ted Leonsis is not on the NHL list, though I am a little skeptical that he is not one of the five best owners in hockey. Nobody else in sports is as open about running the team and is anybody more fan friendly?

Not surprisingly, Peter Angelos is the worst MLB owner after 11 consecutive losing seasons. Under him, the Oriole Way means cowardice, unaccountability, pettiness, scapegoating and demands for subsidies from the Nationals.

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Redskins radio debuts today

Even though WTEM has been jokingly called “Redskins Radio” for years, team owner Dan Synder is not content to let the independent media, who hates the Redskins, cover the team. Today, he takes action by launching Radio Pravda Triple X ESPN Radio – The Home of the Redskins. The planned debut is at 4 p.m. with The John Riggins Show.

Spread over three stations with signals (94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and 730 AM) coming from outside of the immediate DC area, Triple X ESPN Radio may be hard to hear inside the Beltway, particularly at night when 730 AM powers down to 5 watts. Let us know if you can actually pick up any of the signals from where you are located.

What the papers are saying

Snyder Is Getting Radio ActiveThe Post

Sports radio station hits airwaves todayThe Wash. Times

Jim Williams: Red Zebra sounds like 800-pound gorillaThe Wash. Examiner

Minutiae!

Also, I could not help but notice that one of the helmets on the Triple X ESPN Radio site has black stripes and a black facemask. Is Snyder finally adding cliched black trim to the Redskins look like the 49ers, Eagles, and Lions did?

Paul Lukas has already been advised.

Retconned from Metroblogging DC

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GM SEARCH, TAKE TWO

Watson Declines GM Position In D.The Post

Bob Watson turned down the GM job for the perfectly reasonable reason of not wanting to be an interim GM waiting for new ownership. However, Pat Gillick, most recently Seattle’s GM, is willing to take that chance.

More from The Wash. Times:Watson doesn’t want to be D.C. team’s GM


Cost Estimate on Stadium JumpsThe Post

This is not surprising and less surprising is that the mayor’s office is downplaying the report. It is more fuel to the fire for those opposed to the ballpark (which is what they should be calling it, rather than stadium; ballpark is cute, stadium is large and imposing) at today’s marathon council session.

ONLY THREE DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF

Mills taking verbal hits off the fieldCDT

If you stay in a game with a concussion, you deserve some verbal hits. Of course, Mills with a concussion did not have turnovers on three consecutive plays, so maybe we were better off — things are that bad.


Story about Lavon ChisleyPatriot-News

Another missing headline from Patriot-News. The story is about Lavon Chisley, who played big on Saturday.

Penn State players not pointing fingersPost-Gazette

Maybe they should be pointing fingers.

Players sense discontent on campusThe Collegian

Why do you suppose that is boys (offense)/men (defense)?

E-ZPASS

Va. Joins E-ZPass Fast LaneThe Post

While it is great that our SmartTags are now valid in E-ZPass lanes (and vice versa), we will have a surcharge to pay for that transition. Oh and make sure that E-ZPass account has money in it if you are driving through NY, they will nail you with a fine if you do not have enough.


DAN SYNDER LOSES

Walkways At FedEx Will Open For FansThe Post

Redskins owner, Dan Snyder had convinced PG County to close walkways (public ones, mind you) leading up to FedEx Field because of “safety concerns.” In fact, he cared so much about safety, that he forced anyone coming to Redskins games to pay either a $5 bus fare from the nearest Metro station or $25 to park in a satellite lot which required a shuttle bus.


RED SOX NOW 1 – 85

This is incredibly disappointing; one of the truths we cling to — the Red Sox will always choke — is gone. While we are disappointed, the real problem will be in New England. For them, this will be the tragedy of dreams come true. They are going to find out that this is “all there is,” as Betty Fredian might say. They will also not be able to scapegoat the Red Sox for all that is wrong in their life: cars that won’t start, relationships gone sour, career shortcomings, etc. Now they will have to face reality. The whole New England character will be sent into disarray. I tell you, this will ultimately be a bad thing for that region. Oh, and we are going to have to hear about it from all these fans who just bought their BoSox merchandise too — how annoying.

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