It seems as if boycotting the Washington Redskins nickname is gaining more steam, this time with Grantland’s Bill Simmons.
In his most recent power rankings, Simmons listed the Redskins as the ‘Washington D.C.’s’, following in the footsteps of others like SI’s Peter King, who is no longer using the moniker.
17. The Washington D.C.’s
Just a gut feeling: You had the controversy over Robert Griffin’s knee injury in January, then the controversy over their name (and that’s just going to get worse, especially when Dan Snyder says something dumb publicly — and you know he will), then the whole “every time Griffin scrambles, D.C. fans will be holding their breath” thing … just feels like one of those seasons when they keep landing in PTI‘s A-block for all the wrong reasons. By the way, gamblers had no idea what to make of the NFC East this season — none of the four teams had an over/under higher than 8.5 wins.
Teams like the Cleveland Indians, San Diego State Aztecs, Atlanta Braves and Washington Redskins have all faced scrutiny in regards to their nicknames and/or mascot, though none more than the Redskins given the nature of the name.