November 23, 2017
Slants founder Simon Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that it disparages Asians. A federal appeals court in Washington later said the law barring offensive trademarks is unconstitutional.
The Redskins made similar arguments after the trademark office ruled in 2014 that the name offends American Indians and canceled the team’s trademark. A federal appeals court in Richmond put the team’s case on hold while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule in the Slants case.
This has to be a strange time for Redskins fans. In just one draft, McCloughan managed to form the foundation of a playoff team with the selections of Brandon Scherff, Jamison Crowder and Matt Jones. Just a few years later, Jones is on his way out, the 2016 first-rounder, Josh Doctson, is still an unknown entity and the organization took a sharp left turn in 2017 with the selection of two Alabama players (Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson) atop their draft.
Harmony has been a difficult concept to grasp in Washington over the last year or so. The Redskins are taking a risk with the collaborative front office design by inviting in multiple opinions, but they hope to change perception in the coming months.
Should Washington see Pierre Garcon and cheap jerseys and DeSean Jackson depart as expected, it can still count on being effective between the hashes. Davis was a more-than-suitable complementary player to star tight end Jordan Reed a year ago and still knows how to get open after 11 years in the league.
This is a nice story for the Washington D.C. native, who gets the rare multi-year deal in his mid-thirties and gets to wind down his career at home. The former Maryland star, who went in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft all those years ago, is back where it all started and won’t be leaving anytime soon.
On Monday night’s edition of NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2017,” Kirk Cousins was revealed at No. 70. Ranking three slots higher than six-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers, Cousins has a pretty high standing on this list, which was voted on by the players themselves. Interesting that the players are so high on Cousins’ game when his team doesn’t appear to be quite as certain.
For the second straight year, Cousins is set to play under the franchise tag, having been unable to strike a long-term deal with the Washington Redskins. Consequently, the future’s unclear for this 28-year-old signal caller who has posted some pretty impressive numbers over the past two seasons: 17-14-1 record with a 99.3 passer rating, 68.3 completion percentage and 54:23 TD-to-INT ratio.
Toe injuries might sound minor, but surprisingly, they aren’t a laughing matter. A game that requires explosive movement from all of its 11 players on each side of the ball also requires those participants to use their big toe as part of such propulsion. Reed, one of the league’s most athletic tight ends, relies on such explosion to separate himself from the rest at his position as a playmaker.
Without a walking mismatch in Reed, Washington’s offense is missing one of its most versatile targets. This also speaks to how Washington is approaching the 2017 season, in which expectations fall somewhere within the postseason and Reed is more important than ever. The Redskins are being as cautious as possible to avoid any long-term issues with their most valuable players.
This rivalry is one of the league’s most famous, but there was something nefarious brewing before the Dallas Cowboys were even born. Former Redskins owner George Preston Marshall didn’t want any team in the South, taking the view that his team owned that market. (Originally, the lyrics to the song included a line about fighting “for ol’ Dixie.”) Clint Murchison, who was trying to establish the team that became the Cowboys, bought the rights to “Hail to the Redskins.” And boom, the Cowboys had a franchise. I should probably really have put this in the Cowboys article, no?
How about this? The Redskins beat the Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Championship Game, which handed Dallas its third consecutive defeat in the NFC title game. It also spelled the last gasp for the Cowboys’ championship window; we wouldn’t hear from them again until 1992. So if any Cowboys fan gives you grief, tell him (or her) that.
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