I have to tell you, I was mind blown that anyone could be that stupid about his own football team. Now, in his defense I have learned that there is a peanut called a redskin. I did not know this at the time this conversation happened. To my utter shock he was dead serious. My first question would be, why isn’t the logo on the side of the helmet a peanut? Doesn’t that alone destroy his fantasy? Let me answer that, of course it does.
But what really destroys it is if you research the History of the team itself. Of you do that you will find that like many of the early NFL teams they took their first name from the more established Major League Baseball in the stadium where they played. Thus their original name, in 1932 when they had their genesis, was the Boston Braves. Now, someone who doesn’t know may say that the Braves are in Atlanta, not Boston. Yes, they are, but they too originated in Boston. In 1933 the team moved across town to play in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Their owner, George Preston Marshall, did not want to call his team that so he chose the mascot name Redskins.
Why would Mr. Marshall choose to name his Boston based team after a peanut indigenous to the District of Columbia? Exactly, he wouldn’t. They played for 5 seasons in Fenway and then moved to Washington and kept the name Redskins. So clearly the peanut idea was just a little beyond silly. The popular legend is that in 1933 Mr. Marshall opted for that nickname to honor his newly hired Head Coach, Sonny “Lonestar” Dietz. Lonestar had played at the Carlisle Indian School with the legendary Jim Thorpe under legendary Pop Warner.
Even if I could accept this legend as the true source of the mascot name, and I admit it is easier than the peanuts theory, it really doesn’t change the fact that George Preston Marshall, who chose and bestowed the name was the biggest racist in the History of the NFL. By clinging to his roots the team is clinging to their racist past. No one, not even a loyal Redskins fan should be able to deny the racist History of their franchise.