Monday, November 28, 2005

Redskins haunted by Ghosts?

Boswell may have the facts on coaching and the team, but there may be more to it than that.

Redskins Haunted By Ghosts of Coaches Past

According to Thomas Boswell.

Funny that Tom would say:
We've gone through the looking glass.


Because I think he accidently hit on the real haunters.

For one.

Looking Glass, war chief of the east Washington State renegade Nez Perce' Indians that refused to stay on the reservation that their big-hearted Uncle Sam -- yeah, big-hearted like Michael Jackson -- put them on. Not to mention the Camp Chief of the time, Chief Joseph -- actual name-In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat (Thunder coming up over the land from the water)--I knew I liked that guy for some reason.

And how about NP "Man Afraid of His Horse" (who's name actually translates to men are afraid just to see his horse, but those were the days when you could use anykind of propaganda to put down your adversary if they were a minority). You have your best shot at doing that these days in Washington DC apparently.

Then there's Sitting Bull (Tatank Iyotaka), Geronimo, and Chiefs Red Jacket and Koeentwahka of the Seneca (not that SB and G weren't chiefs, but since you've probably not heard of the other two chiefs I added it on). More honorable Chiefs that might be really pissed about your team's name: Cochise, Black Hawk, Keokuk, Osceola, Mangas Coloradas, Nana, Victorio, Washakie. And famous Warriors Tamahay, Dahteste, Crazy Horse, and Lozen.

You can see what a pissed goat's done to the cubs.

The DC team is not local for me. I don't care. But how appropriate that in the city where racism was given a second wind through Nixon's and subsequently the Republican party's Southern Strategy, the worst abuse of the Native American name still reigns.

Prepare for a long winter, guys. The warriors are watching.

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