Allen B. West

Bob Costas and Mascots: Get a life

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This past Sunday evening I was watching one of the NFL’s storied rivalry games, the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys. Many are perplexed as to why there are so many Cowboys fans in Washington DC. The answer to that question is that early on the Dallas Cowboys had black football stars like Bob Hayes who were a symbol to many in the black community. Today, it is young Robert Griffin III (RG III) who has captured the hearts of so many in the DC area and across the country.

It was an exciting game in the first half and a thrilling atmosphere. I was looking forward to the second half until I was treated to sports commentator Bob Costas’ inappropriate political rant about the Washington DC football team mascot name, the Redskins. Costas obviously felt it necessary to engage, since President Obama did the same. You know, I sure wish Obama would engage on something important, like economic growth policies. I’m quite worn down by these elitist liberals who define offensive words or actions to us — the same folks who felt Nidal Hasan committed “workplace violence.” These highly enlightened people seek to tell us that we are hurting people, but is that really the case?

I grew up in Atlanta and our baseball team is the “Braves.” I remember Chief Noc-a-Homa and his teepee out in center field and the dance he would do when the Braves hit a home run. No one was concerned about the offense of the Chief, we were all just happy a home run was hit and wanted the Braves to win. This past weekend I watched the Texas A&M Aggies take on the Ole Miss Rebels…oops! “Rebels” — could that be deemed as offensive since it relates to those who fought for the confederacy during the Civil War? Heck, I went to the University of Tennessee and our “Volunteers” relates to the Tennesseans who volunteered to fight alongside the Texans in the Mexican War. Perhaps groups like La Raza will claim offense and our mascot will no longer dress like Davy Crockett but like a hospital volunteer?

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You have to wonder, where does this end? Actually, my question is simple, “Why don’t you people get a doggone life? It’s just a game and stop trying to make us miserable like you.”

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