Skip to comments.Headbanger Ball: Is "Rams" an acceptable team name?
Posted on 10/18/2013 6:55:58 PM PDT by Daniel Clark
Headbanger Ball: Is Rams an acceptable team name? by Daniel Clark
Two issues have been roiling the National Football League over the past year. One of those is the Washington Redskins, whose name some observers, including President Obama, have deemed racially insensitive. The other is the suspected long-term effects of concussions sustained while playing football. How is it, then, that nobody is raising any objection to the one NFL team that glorifies the kind of targeted head shots that the league claims it wants to eliminate from the game?
Its hypocritical for the NFL to wring its hands over brain injuries, while tacitly endorsing the naming of one of its franchises, the St. Louis Rams, after animals that do battle by smashing their heads against each other. In fact, the word ram is also a verb, which is used to describe this very behavior.
In ancient times, a device called a battering ram was used by invaders to bash down city walls and castle gates. It consisted of a long shaft, not unlike a human spine, one end of which was propelled into the object that was meant to be destroyed. Sometimes, that end would even be designed to look like a real rams head. A Ram football player comes in a similar design, his head protected by a blue helmet, with golden horns painted on it, to be propelled toward an opposing player. Is there any doubt that the players are meant to envision themselves battering down obstacles in the same manner?
Far from deterring brain injuries, the Rams are practically advertising them. The Ram logo, which itself looks poised to bash skulls with the opposition, is to football safety what Joe Camel is to respiratory health.
With regard to the Redskins nickname, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, If we are offending one person, we need to be listening and making sure that were doing the right things to try to address that. If one offended person is enough, then how about one former player who has suffered irreparable damage? How about one child whos butting heads with his friends in the schoolyard, so that he can be just like his favorite player on the St. Louis Rams? Just how many victims do there need to be?
So that settles it, then. The NFL must force the Rams to change their team nickname, right? No, of course not. That would be a totally ridiculous thing to do. The Rams name isnt making anyone bang his head against a wall any more than the Miami Dolphins make people shoot water out of their backs. Nevertheless, if an argument like the one youve read here had been made by somebody who seemed sincere, its not hard to imagine the team and the league capitulating.
Sadly, thats become the usual pattern of things, for as long as society has been operating under Goodells one offended person rule. One child of atheist parents objects to a prayer being said at a high school graduation, so there can be no prayer. Never mind what the Constitution actually says about it, theres one offended person. A kindergarten class cant do anything to observe Mothers Day, because there might be one child who doesnt have a mother. One Muslim complains about an ad with a cartoon piggy bank in a store window, and the ad comes down.
It doesnt matter how compelling you think your case is against the offended. A factual presentation of the origin of the Redskin nickname, for example, does nothing to sway the likes of liberal NBC sportscaster Bob Costas. Thats because when liberals talk, their focus is seldom the thing theyre literally talking about. In reality, everythings always about themselves. Its not that supposedly offensive sports team nicknames really make anybody feel bad, but getting rid of them makes liberals feel good, because they can take credit. Theyre using the one offended person rule to construct countless little anti-monuments to themselves. When something that used to be there has been removed because somebody became offended, thats just like putting up a giant Hollywood-type sign saying, Liberals Matter.
Imagine that this article spawns a movement that ends up pressuring the Rams to change their name, perhaps to the St. Louis Awareness. The next time one of their players suffers a concussion under one of those helmets, by then adorned with sensitivity ribbons instead of golden horns, he wont be any less injured. On the other hand, I will have the satisfaction of having, in smug-speak, made a difference. And isnt that whats really important?
-- Daniel Clark is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author and editor of a web publication called The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press, where he also publishes a seasonal sports digest as The College Football Czar.
LOL Are people still trying to justify the name?
Ask the Trojans.
how about the DEWDROPS?
the Ginger Snaps?
its FOOTBALL not the junior ballet!
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
It’s only a matter of time before they go after the Patriots. Talk about your racists.
I’m sure the Saints will soon be banned.
And the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
We need a group of priests to object to the name “Saints” because real saints are not violent.
How much press or traction would they get. I say zero.
BTW rename the Redskins the Washington Barry-cades.
News of the future October 18, 2020.
Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season and here are the results.
The Oakland World Peace appreciated the Denver We are All Winners 14 to 14.
The Philadelphia Love embraced the Washington Inclusives 14 to 14.
The Dallas Cowpersons entertained the Pittsburg Green Industry 14 to 14
And in an upset, the Minnesota ViQueens polluted the Green Bay Clean Water 49 to 0 and were expelled from the NFL.
We have to rename a LOT of cities because they are too Catholic - San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, etc. Separation of church and state, you know.
how about those pittsburg PIRATES ?
Pirates; killed, raped, sunk ships....
perhaps my ancestors... still can’t sleep
Not to mention the Buffalo Bills. A slur against our former beloved president. /s
And then there is the Cleveland Browns.
A more racist name is hardly imaginable!
Cardinals are birds, but it sounds fishy, so throw them in too.
I believe you meant to write the Minnesota Vikings.
“Packers” should be right out - horribly insensitive to homos.