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Headbanger Ball: Is "Rams" an acceptable team name?
The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | October 18, 2013 | Daniel Clark

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?

It’s 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 ram’s 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 we’re 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 who’s 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 isn’t 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 you’ve read here had been made by somebody who seemed sincere, it’s not hard to imagine the team and the league capitulating.

Sadly, that’s become the usual pattern of things, for as long as society has been operating under Goodell’s “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, there’s one offended person. A kindergarten class can’t do anything to observe Mother’s Day, because there might be one child who doesn’t have a mother. One Muslim complains about an ad with a cartoon piggy bank in a store window, and the ad comes down.

It doesn’t 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. That’s because when liberals talk, their focus is seldom the thing they’re literally talking about. In reality, everything’s always about themselves. It’s 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. They’re 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, that’s 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 won’t be any less injured. On the other hand, I will have the satisfaction of having, in smug-speak, “made a difference.” And isn’t that what’s 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: concussions; nfl; rams; redskins
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1 posted on 10/18/2013 6:55:58 PM PDT by Daniel Clark
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To: Daniel Clark

LOL Are people still trying to justify the name?


2 posted on 10/18/2013 6:57:37 PM PDT by frickin_frackin
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To: Daniel Clark
Well, watching the Rams can give you a head injury. :)
3 posted on 10/18/2013 6:58:40 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Daniel Clark

Ask the Trojans.


4 posted on 10/18/2013 6:58:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Daniel Clark

how about the DEWDROPS?

the Ginger Snaps?

its FOOTBALL not the junior ballet!


5 posted on 10/18/2013 7:00:33 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Daniel Clark
What do you call 47 guys sitting in a basement watching the Super Bowl?

The St. Louis Rams.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 10/18/2013 7:02:08 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN - 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Daniel Clark

It’s only a matter of time before they go after the Patriots. Talk about your racists.


7 posted on 10/18/2013 7:05:20 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Daniel Clark
What about Giants? Are they saying that taller people are superior to height-challenged individuals? This must end! /sarc.
8 posted on 10/18/2013 7:07:22 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Daniel Clark

I’m sure the Saints will soon be banned.


9 posted on 10/18/2013 7:10:50 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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To: Old Yeller

And the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


10 posted on 10/18/2013 7:17:56 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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To: Daniel Clark

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.


11 posted on 10/18/2013 7:18:29 PM PDT by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: Daniel Clark

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.


12 posted on 10/18/2013 7:22:44 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Daniel Clark

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.


13 posted on 10/18/2013 7:25:26 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: fhayek

how about those pittsburg PIRATES ?
Pirates; killed, raped, sunk ships....
perhaps my ancestors... still can’t sleep


14 posted on 10/18/2013 7:26:35 PM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: aumrl

Not to mention the Buffalo Bills. A slur against our former beloved president. /s


15 posted on 10/18/2013 7:28:58 PM PDT by DadofMany1
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To: Daniel Clark
How about renaming the Redskins to the Washington Muhbabydaddies?
16 posted on 10/18/2013 7:30:15 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: DadofMany1

And then there is the Cleveland Browns.

A more racist name is hardly imaginable!


17 posted on 10/18/2013 7:37:52 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Daniel Clark
The Saints and the Padres. Christian indoctrination.

Cardinals are birds, but it sounds fishy, so throw them in too.

-PJ

18 posted on 10/18/2013 7:42:08 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

I believe you meant to write the Minnesota Vikings.


19 posted on 10/18/2013 7:42:13 PM PDT by DadofMany1
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To: Daniel Clark

“Packers” should be right out - horribly insensitive to homos.


20 posted on 10/18/2013 7:43:09 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: DadofMany1

What about the Texans? Isn’t there another team in Dallas? (Well, Arlington.) That has to be dicrimination agains North Texans.


21 posted on 10/18/2013 7:44:18 PM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: mfish13

I heard the Redskins owner just caved and changed the name to the D.C. Redskins.


22 posted on 10/18/2013 8:03:51 PM PDT by conservaterian (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party, but noooo, if we do that the libs will win !)
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To: Daniel Clark
RAM? Perfectly cromulent, and hints at great intellectual capacity of players:


23 posted on 10/18/2013 8:06:26 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Daniel Clark

Saints - Offends Catholics
Cardinals - Also offends Catholics
Cowboys - Cowboys killed Indians ‘nuff said
Eagles - Symbol of the Imperialistic US.
Giants - Offensive to tall people
Packers - Anti-Gay slur
Bears - Another anti-gay slur
Patriots - White guys with guns
Jets - Pollute the air, contribute to global warming
Chiefs - See, Redskins
Vikings - Offensive to Norwegians
Steelers - Celebrates a polluting industry
Browns - Offensive to Latinos

Feel free to add your own


24 posted on 10/18/2013 8:12:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Daniel Clark

I think the NFL would much rather have a succession of stories about thuggery from NFL players and ‘insensitive’ NFL team names than stories about the glaring lack of HGH testing and the risk of incuring brain injury when playing the game of football up to a career in bigs.

Freegards


25 posted on 10/18/2013 8:13:39 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: dfwgator

Pretty good list!


26 posted on 10/18/2013 8:14:11 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Daniel Clark
Just rename them to the Greenskins.
Who would be offended by that?

27 posted on 10/18/2013 8:28:10 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Daniel Clark

From Barry’s Desk

Next week’s ToDo’s - Dangerous Football Team Names! Talking points for MSM

Patriots - Glorifies extremism.
Rename to New England Progressives

Bengals - Offensive ethnic slur directed at Bangladeshis
Rename to Cincinnati H1Bs

Cowboys - Promotes gender bias
Rename to Dallas Cowpersons

Browns - Offensive term used to describe non-white peoples
Rename to Cleveland Rainbows

Packers - Offensive term used to describe gays
Rename to Greenbay Tops

Vikings - Glorification of savage murderous barbarians
Rename to Minnesota Islamic Horde

Saints - VIOLATES SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATE!!!!
Rename to New Orleans Chocolates

Buccaneers - Glorification of piracy and is threatening to innocent seafarers
Rename to Tampa Bay Pool Party

49ers - Ageist and discriminatory term directed at the non-young
Rename to San Francisco Wards of the State


28 posted on 10/18/2013 8:35:34 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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To: fhayek

Pretty much every NFL mascot is detestable to metrosexuals and femiNazis.


29 posted on 10/18/2013 8:37:10 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Daniel Clark

Why aren’t liberals demanding that the San Francisco Forty-Niners change their name? After all, the Forty-Niners—gold seekers who poured into California beginning in 1849—ran the Indians and the Spanish-speaking Californios off their land, ravaged the forests and the grasslands and polluted the rivers.


30 posted on 10/18/2013 8:38:35 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: dfwgator

The Dolphins some way insults animals and shows human dominance over them. It would probably offend PETA or the Animal Liberation wackos.


31 posted on 10/18/2013 8:53:00 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Under the Democrats; the Lincoln Memorial is closed; but the southern border is open)
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To: BitWielder1
Just rename them to the Greenskins. Who would be offended by that?


32 posted on 10/18/2013 9:21:40 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Daniel Clark

Personally I think the Redskins should be named the Red Necks, and the Florida State Seminoles should be renamed the Florida State Crackers. I’ve a feeling the perpetually outraged will be even more outraged by the promotion of white “racist” nicknames....


33 posted on 10/18/2013 9:42:16 PM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: freebilly

Rednecks come in many colors


34 posted on 10/18/2013 9:44:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Daniel Clark
Well, why aren't people SHOCKED by the name the Cleveland BROWNS?

Sounds racist to me! /s

35 posted on 10/18/2013 9:49:47 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Rednecks come in many colors

No kiddin'! This redneck happens to be half yellow....

36 posted on 10/18/2013 9:55:12 PM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: Daniel Clark
People call 0bama "BroncoBama" as an epithet too.
The Denver Broncos should drop that raciss name of theirs.
37 posted on 10/18/2013 9:56:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: freebilly

Someone on an earlier thread suggested they be renamed the Foreskins. He gave a reason, too.


38 posted on 10/18/2013 9:57:14 PM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: beelzepug

Just drop the second sentence and call them the Washington Reds.


39 posted on 10/18/2013 9:58:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: freebilly

https://soundcloud.com/daniel-levy-6/demo-01-rednecksbuiltamerica


40 posted on 10/18/2013 10:04:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: dfwgator

49ers offensive to greedy gold diggers


41 posted on 10/18/2013 10:10:10 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: beelzepug

How’z about the Washington White Trash. I might root for them if they changed their name to that....


42 posted on 10/18/2013 10:21:20 PM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: dfwgator
Just drop the second sentence and call them the Washington Reds.

Let's just go all the way and call them the Washington Commies. Lord knows there's plenty of them in D.C. ....

43 posted on 10/18/2013 10:23:36 PM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: freebilly

Complete with a red star and a hammer and sickle on the helmet.


44 posted on 10/18/2013 10:24:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Daniel Clark

I think sheep have a legitimate gripe about the Rams.


45 posted on 10/18/2013 11:34:12 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Daniel Clark
Not if you live in San Francisco
46 posted on 10/19/2013 12:00:54 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
From Barry’s Desk

Next week’s ToDo’s - Dangerous Football Team Names! Talking points for MSM

Patriots - Glorifies extremism.
Rename to New England Progressives

Bengals - Offensive ethnic slur directed at Bangladeshis
Rename to Cincinnati H1Bs

Cowboys - Promotes gender bias
Rename to Dallas Cowpersons

Browns - Offensive term used to describe non-white peoples
Rename to Cleveland Rainbows

Packers - Offensive term used to describe gays
Rename to Greenbay Tops

Vikings - Glorification of savage murderous barbarians
Rename to Minnesota Islamic Horde

Saints - VIOLATES SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATE!!!!
Rename to New Orleans Chocolates

Buccaneers - Glorification of piracy and is threatening to innocent seafarers
Rename to Tampa Bay Pool Party

49ers - Ageist and discriminatory term directed at the non-young
Rename to San Francisco Wards of the State


ROFLAMO

This needs to become one of those viral e mail attachments that never seems to become extinct

47 posted on 10/19/2013 12:04:12 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Daniel Clark

i’d also accept the St Louis Fingerbangers.


48 posted on 10/19/2013 12:09:34 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: frickin_frackin
Gotta get rid of all "Columbus" references since he was a genocidal racist. Let's start with Columbia University.

I propose that all mascot/nicknames be computer generated using the common pharmaceutical rule of alternating vowels and consonants. Zipunob, Takawif, Fakagaz, Lipadip, Tiburon, Milano, (oops, those 2 are cars) etc.

"And now, the staring lineup for the Chicago Lubafag..."

49 posted on 10/19/2013 5:04:06 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (-)
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To: Daniel Clark

D.C. Dictators. Reminds me of the SNL skit with Eddie Murphy. Yo dictate good.


50 posted on 10/19/2013 8:58:31 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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