Those who think or hope that the debate regarding the appropriateness of the Washington Redskins nickname should fade away and never return are probably out of luck. If it's a concern now, it will be a major issue in what is bound to be an even more politically correct future.
More importantly, neither do several groups of native Americans, some of which were represented in a daylong Smithsonian symposium on hurtful names and racial stereotypes on Thursday in Washington (Associated Press via ESPN).
Panelists and audience members explained why they felt the name was offensive and offered all sorts of ideas -- including a protest at training camp and the need to get franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III to speak out -- that might persuade team owner Dan Snyder that a change is needed.
The lawsuits won't stop, either. A hearing will be held next month with new plaintiffs and it appears more people are recognizing that a change is likely inevitable.
Rick Snider of the Washington Examiner thinks it will happen, but "may take another generation."
"Redskins fans counter that it's a small subset of people who are offended, so why bother changing?" wrote Snider today. "Well, the American legal system often protects the rights of one versus the many, even if the benefits of many outweigh the individual. It's called the scales of justice."
Finally, those who still stubbornly and ignorantly reject that this deserves to be a conversation should at least check out my take on the name while also giving this piece from ESPN.com's Dan Graziano a read. The highlight:
The movement to change the Redskins' name should have more traction and less opposition than it does. The arguments in favor of keeping it are selfish, and the real-word impact of changing it would be negligible. There's not a single fan, player or team owner whose quality of life would be affected in any way if the name were changed. And on the other hand, there is a group of people who would feel considerably better if they were no longer portrayed as someone's mascot.
All right, on to what else is being talked about in the NFC East...
Former Cowboys Tony Casillas and Nate Newton say that in their day, the 'Boys used horse ointment to speed up recovery times. There's gotta be a joke in there about Cowboys and their horses.
Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com expects big changes at the running back position this offseason.
From ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk: At a time when trimming fat has become vogue, the Giants have decided to go against the grain to re-sign Shaun Rogers.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post writes that Giants GM Jerry Reese knows when it's time to cut bait.
From Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Eagles are expected to hire Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland to work the same job in Philly.
From Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Chip Kelly is rolling the dice by hiring Billy Davis to run the defense.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post on some Redskins season-ticket holders being gouged by a raise in prices.
From Mike Jones of the same outlet: The Jammal Brown era is expected to come to an end today.