Fifty members of the Senate have signed a letter to the N.F.L. to urge its leadership to press the Washington Redskins to change the team name in the aftermath of tough sanctions against the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for racially charged comments. [...]Of course "Redskins" is racist.
"The N.F.L. can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur," said the letter, which was circulated by Senator Maria Cantwell, Democrat of Washington, and endorsed by Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, the majority leader. "We urge the N.F.L. to formally support a name change for the Washington football team." [...]
All but five Senate Democrats - Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas - signed the letter. It was not circulated among Republicans.
The Washington Redskins will move their summer training camp to the city of Richmond in 2013, at a site not yet selected.Are you excited for Richmond, or do you think Loudoun's getting screwed?
A source close to the discussions said the site will be within the city limits and not in the surrounding counties.
Gov. Bob McDonnell's office is expected to announce the move this morning.
The team is also expected to recommit to keeping its corporate headquarters and practice facility in Loudoun County.
Parts 2 and 3 of this tribute to Glenn Brenner are on the "flip." I can't believe it's been 20 years since Glenn Brenner passed away at the young age of 43, from an inoperable brain tumor. If you never had the privilege of watching Glenn Brenner, day and and day out, as I did for a few years after I came to Washington, DC for graduate school in 1984, you don't know what you missed. But watch these videos and you'll get an idea, and why so many of us - myself included - still miss Glenn Brenner so much. He truly broke the mold, in the best sense of that expression.