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October 14, 2013 - 7:18 am

What a joke NBC has become.

Bob Costas of NBC Sports waded into the controversy over the Washington Redskins nickname Sunday night, devoting a commentary to the topic at halftime of the nationally televised game between the Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.

“Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins’ and how it truly differs from [other team nicknames based on Native American images],” Costas said. ”Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African-Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

“It is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent,” Costas continued.

That’s how Bob Costas occupied halftime during the Dallas Cowboys win over the Washington Redskins. Costas had gone through a list of college and universities that have changed their name to go along with political correctness to build a case for the Redskins being forced to change theirs. But in in all his words, Costas never mentioned that the Redskins’ fight song says “Hail to the Redskins.” That’s a relevant fact, isn’t it? Does one sing “hail” to something that one intends to insult? It took two seconds to find this on YouTube. Costas couldn’t find it? Was he stuck trying to sign up for Obamacare?

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Last night wasn’t the first time Costas made a fool of himself during a halftime. Last December, during another Cowboys halftime, Costas blamed “gun culture” for the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. Costas later said that those comments were a “mistake,” but as is the case with the rest of the mainstream media, his “mistakes” always hail from the left.

NBC had to part ways with the polarizing Keith Olbermann. It should do the same with the increasingly polarizing Bob Costas. Leave the politics out of football.

More: I’ll just leave this right here for the sensitivity police.

That said, the team will end up having to change the name. The PC stormtroopers will win, eventually, because they are always looking for something to be offended by, and they just never ever give up on imposing themselves.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Dick Enberg was one of my all-time favorite sports announcers b/c he did his job, he did it well, & he kept his mouth shut on matters unrelated. Apparently, Costas didn't learn his lesson from wading into the gun-rights discussion, so I guess he's back for more. Express your opinions on your own time, Costas! Keep your mouth shut when you're announcing, you dolt!
40 weeks ago
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There is a very simple solution to this issue. Rename them The Washington Whiteskins.
40 weeks ago
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I have to agree with this, 100%.

It's hard enough doing the right thing. It's much more difficult when pompous asses like Costsas happen to land (by accident) on the right point.
40 weeks ago
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It is a slur. Hoosiertoo is correct.

It's not like the team is named the "Fighting Sioux". Redskins is a slur.

In the war against political correctness, let's not lose our minds and end up bullsh*ting ourselves.
40 weeks ago
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Then we need to change the name of the state of Oklahoma as it's translated in Choctaw "Red People".
40 weeks ago
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We are not living in LoonieLand.

Let's try finding solutions and doing the right thing, not showing off in front of the other children in the peanut gallery.
40 weeks ago
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I don't understand why Oklahoma isn't offensive but Redskin is. Please explain, no snark meant - I am really curious as to why one is OK and the other isn't. Plus how is pointing this out "showing off"?
40 weeks ago
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Actually I think we are living in LoonieLand.

However, I have to agree with Premier's sentiments.

I have been called a "paleface" by an Indian and a "round eye" by an Asian. There was no intent to offend in either case and no offense was taken. Those who are determined to be offended will always be rewarded. I prefer not to encourage them.
40 weeks ago
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Sure it's insulting. I usually don't have much use for Costas, but when he's right, he's right.
Let's rename the team the Washington "Crackers" or "Gringos" or "Rednecks" or, in honor of brown folks everywhere, let's just call them the "Sh*tskins."
Just because the name has been in use for a long time doesn't mean it isn't insulting.


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