It cannot be argued that Washington RB Clinton Portis — in addition to setting a club rushing record with 1516 yards gained in ’05 — has provided blogdom and the straight media alike with mucho grist for the wacko mill all season long.
But Portis could be funnier than Rick Shapiro smoking Richard Pryor’s ashes — that still doesn’t excuse the following queary by Will Leitch :
How can you not be rooting for the Redskins to go as far into the playoffs as possible?
Uh, Dan Snyder? The fact that they’re called the Redskins?
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I have heard rumors that Will is really racist.
I know some people who are friends with Will, and they say that yes, he is a brutal racist.
I know some people who know some other people and the second group are supposed to be “really nice guys”.
I think we’d be buying a ticket to hysteria city (and I suspect Mr. Roth knows this as well as anyone) were Leitch to be publicly labelled a brutal racist.
That said, there is something far more insidious (not to mention lazy and backwards) about not giving a hoot about DC’s nickname.
Of course, I was joking in that comment. I don’t know that I need to clarify that, but Hysteria City is no fun, even on Friday nights. All the bars playing “Love Bites” over and over. Come on. Come on!
And DC’s nickname is indeed bad, but how about pulling for a team whose offense — outside of Portis — is built around H-backs? They’re a snooze, and I don’t like them. Being as Will isn’t from DC, has to know how pious and annoying Brunell and Gibbs are, and has watched the offense devolve into endless, screen-intensive reruns of the Chris Cooley Show, I don’t know how he could dig them even if they didn’t have a racist nickname.
Not watching the games probably helps. But how about them Fighting Illini?
it should come as no surprise that leitch doesn’t find the nickname “redskins” objectionable considering he doesn’t have any qualms about his favorite baseball team being named after pedophiliac papists.