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Harry Reid predicts Redskins name change within three years


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called his shot.  Within three years, Reid believes, the Washington Redskins will change their name.

Reid’s prediction, made by phone to the Washington Post, comes after the team launched the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.”  Reid dismisses the move as “a phony deal, like everything [owner Daniel Snyder has] done.”

“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal,” Reid told the Post.  “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it.  I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change.  It’s only a question of when it’s going to change.  That’s the only question. . . .

“And Snyder has to realize, he is on the losing side of history.  And the sooner he does it, the better off we are.  The Wizards, you know, they were the Washington Bullets.  With all the killing that took place, the murders in Washington, Abe Pollin — a very nice man — decided ‘I don’t need any of this.’  So they changed it to the Washington Wizards.  We’re all used to the Washington Wizards. And I don’t know what [the Redskins will] change the name to, but we’ll get used to it really quick.”

That’s where Reid is wrong.  The issue has become too polarized in the past year to make the proponents of the name move on.  While the name inevitably will change at some point in the next 50 years, the debate over whether the name should change back will rage for up to 50 more.

For the NFL, the question becomes whether the league wants one of its 32 franchises to have a name that invites constant scrutiny on the question of whether it is offensive.  On one hand, it’s another subplot for the ultimate reality show.  On the other hand, it’s the kind of thing that could help Mark Cuban’s cockeyed vision of an eventual pro football implosion come to fruition, if/when the league is ignoring what eventually will become a majority of American voices calling for the name to change.

That’s the latest date on which the change will happen — when it’s clear that most Americans agree that the passage time has made the use of the word “Redskins” unacceptable in any context, regardless of historical use, honorable intentions, or charitable contributions.  It could happen before then; it won’t happen much long after.

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85 Responses to “Harry Reid predicts Redskins name change within three years”
  1. x716199121 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:02 AM

    “if/when the league is ignoring what eventually will become a majority of American voices calling for the name to change.”

    You think the States will actually become THAT liberal? Just shoot me now.

  2. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Mar 28, 2014 8:08 AM

    In three MONTHS Harry Reid won’t be in office !!!!!

  3. f1restarter says: Mar 28, 2014 8:10 AM

    This old cadaver ought to shut up and stick to doing what he does best: helping to transform the United States of America into a third-world country.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 28, 2014 8:13 AM

    He’s going to throw a few blankets around? What about the 3,000 coats that we heard about and the FOURTY projects in the works? If each project is only worth 1 blanket then that would fit with Harry Reid’s assessment of what this new aid organization is worth. It sure sounds really awful when you minimize the value of the aid.

    I’ll take the Over on the 3 year prediction. Heck the name has a fair chance of outlasting Harry Reid. He has about 11 years according to the average of actuarial tables at this point.

    But maybe we should minimize those numbers too just to be fair, doing that gives him about 11 seconds. He won’t even be able to make it through my post to find out the final answer.

  5. jersey73 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:14 AM

    Harry Reid labels someone else’s doings as a “phony deal”? Man is the poster-child for everything that is wrong with elected officials and the need for term limits.

    He needs to focus on the economy, healthcare, Russia, and so on and stop reaching to stick his nose into things that he shouldn’t have anything to do with.

  6. notthetroll says: Mar 28, 2014 8:17 AM

    I never waded in on either side of this issue, but now, since Harry Reid has come out so publically against it, I must give full support to never, ever, everevereverevereverever changing the Redskins’ name. Whatever Reid wants is ultimately bad for sports, Americans, and America.

  7. gonzo117 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:18 AM

    If they cant change their name to blackskins, I’d say redskins isn’t proper either. sucks for them and anyone who doesn’t mind, but…

  8. chc4 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:23 AM

    Harry Reid is a dunce.

  9. infectorman says: Mar 28, 2014 8:27 AM

    last verse in the National Anthem:
    “The Land of the Free and the home of the Brave”

    Are we really still free?

    Harry, please evaporate, you are a dinosaur

  10. jimmysee says: Mar 28, 2014 8:27 AM

    Harry Reid’s calendar may be off but his observations are 100% correct.

  11. denverdave3 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:30 AM

    At which time Harry Reid will no longer be blocking important legislation in the Senate.

  12. djg209 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:30 AM

    If anyone knows phony deals, it’s Harry Reid.

  13. charger383 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:30 AM

    Redskins until the end of the NFL

  14. kingmj4891 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:32 AM

    Being PC has ruined our country.

    People are too easily offended now a days.

    I am offended that our government is wasting time on a private business issue when our country is 18 trillion in debt and has many budget issues to be resolved that are way more important then pro football.

  15. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 28, 2014 8:33 AM

    I guarantee the redskins survive longer than harry reid

  16. 44mpo says: Mar 28, 2014 8:36 AM

    I’m sure if Snyder hasn’t succumbed to the p.c. police by then, in three years if Reid still has any political power will use it to legislate a change, therefore making his prediction come true.

  17. hodag54501 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:37 AM

    The NFL could force the change by telling Snyder he has three years to do it or they will de-certify his team as a member of the NFL. Not having any team to play would make the franchise worth, well, little.
    It would fall into the category of “in the best interest of the game”. The NFL, of course, won’t do that.

  18. waussau says: Mar 28, 2014 8:39 AM

    I predict the Redskins name will outlive Harry Reid…

  19. choknugget says: Mar 28, 2014 8:40 AM

    A politician just called someone else “phony.” Hilarity ensues.

  20. arodgersgloryhole says: Mar 28, 2014 8:43 AM

    Blow Hard.

  21. abninf says: Mar 28, 2014 8:45 AM

    So we have Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. And the liberal media. Waiting on George Soros to put a few million in to hire more protesters and the IRS to take care of Snyder.

  22. clownsfan says: Mar 28, 2014 8:48 AM

    He won’t see the name change in his lifetime.

  23. i, flounder says: Mar 28, 2014 8:51 AM

    im looking forward to the name change. the man tantrums are going to be hilarious.

  24. oldbyrd says: Mar 28, 2014 8:52 AM

    It is obvious that Harry Reid was, is and always will be A Moron.

  25. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:53 AM

    To what?……..The Washington Savages……The Washington Filibusters…..what’s the predominant Indian tribe from that area?…..The Washington Algonquins…..The Washington Piscataways…….this could get interesting. Or how about flipping it. The Washington Whites…..The Washington Crackers……The Washington Invaders, there I like that one!

  26. irishdodger says: Mar 28, 2014 8:54 AM

    Sen. Reid should get his own house in order. He’s got some ethics charges to deal with & he has a bad habit of flat out lying on camera & then disavowing it. Luckily for him, he has a (D) after his name so the press doesn’t hold him to much of a standard.

    Regarding the Washington NBA team changing their name from the Bullets b/c of gun violence. Didn’t DC have some of the strictest gun laws in the country? How’d that work out for them.

  27. big64d says: Mar 28, 2014 8:54 AM

    They should change their name to the Washington Thanks Obama’s since neither one can seem to accomplish anything or get anything done when promised.


  28. nygf says: Mar 28, 2014 8:55 AM

    Nygf predicts Harry Reid will not be Senate Majority Leader within 8 months.

  29. valentino8100 says: Mar 28, 2014 8:55 AM

    Amazing what the senate majority leader has time for.

  30. gtodriver says: Mar 28, 2014 8:56 AM

    Reid dismisses the move as “a phony deal, like everything [owner Daniel Snyder has] done.”

    I am by no means a fan of Daniel Snyder.

    But this is the pot calling the kettle black.

    Harry Reid is the king of “phony deals”. He makes Dan Snyder look like an amateur.

  31. 6ball says: Mar 28, 2014 8:58 AM


    At one time the New England Patriots were known as the Boston Patriots. Their original logo was “Pat Patriot” and now it’s the “Fying Elvis”.

    I don’t recall a revolt by New England fans over these changes . They were more interested in whether they had enough O-line depth than the team name.


  32. i10east says: Mar 28, 2014 9:02 AM

    LOL @ Washington pro sports teams names. The Capitals are the only exception with a decent name. The Nationals sound like the All Star game, and the Wizards, nuff said.

  33. hoopieguy says: Mar 28, 2014 9:05 AM

    Because that is the most pressing freakin thing facing this country right now. I can’t even say what I think of this, it won’t get posted anyway…..

  34. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 28, 2014 9:16 AM

    The name will be changed and everyone will get over it.

    The end.

  35. colv says: Mar 28, 2014 9:21 AM

    Move the Team out of Washington to LA and change the name then. The DC elected legalized mafia know to us as the US Congress, Obama care exempt congress, should take care of more important national issues, like Obama care costing me twice of what I used to pay for healthcare.

  36. enlightenedskeptic says: Mar 28, 2014 9:21 AM

    If Harry said it, you can take it to the bank!!


  37. jimmyt says: Mar 28, 2014 9:22 AM

    How does a guy like that keep getting elected? Are people really that dumb?

  38. jeagan1999 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:28 AM

    Can’t wait until this guy loses the Senate this year and gets kicked out on ethics charges! Maybe in honor of him they can become the Washington Parolee’s and good old Harry can be the coach…I’m sure those ankle tracker things work inside the stadium.

  39. lionswinnextyear says: Mar 28, 2014 9:29 AM

    So Harry Reid has no time to pass a budget to try and solve the problem of our deficit but he has time to weigh in on an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with his duties of office? Typical politician, distract and deflect.

  40. diminishingskills says: Mar 28, 2014 9:32 AM

    Four point restraints and a diaper cannot come too soon for this usurper.

  41. nfl fan says: Mar 28, 2014 9:34 AM

    Harry Reid is exactly why WE NEED TERM LIMITS.

    His term has outlasted his usefulness (assuming he was once useful).

  42. snookau says: Mar 28, 2014 9:35 AM

    Did he really call them “Indians”?


  43. georgegsmiller says: Mar 28, 2014 9:35 AM

    This coming from a guy who said they need more time to extend ACA because “Americans don’t know how to use the Internet”. So who is the one being degrading? While some of Reid’s quote is partially true…most of those people who don’t know how to use the Internet work as Web Designers for the HHS. Otherwise more hot air from a guy who will not be around much longer himself after November.

  44. greymares says: Mar 28, 2014 9:36 AM

    If it causes angst for the fans of the Washington franchise, It’s ok with me.

  45. thomasjmorgan says: Mar 28, 2014 9:38 AM

    Out of all the lying pricks in Washington, he leads the pack. I love how he tries to call out Snyder for being fake. His entire life has spent being fake to people. He is lucky he is still on office.

    Hey moron, how about we focus on what really matters and get people back to work!!!!

  46. exnavysub says: Mar 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    So what does that mean? Reid and others like him are going to step up the attacks and name calling? I hope Snyder doesnt cave.

    And dirty Reid, please just retire already. You are the face of dirty and everything that is wrong in politics with your hateful comments and constant false accusations. Just go away already

  47. jeffcfalcon says: Mar 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    Politcally correctness is ruining this country, along with BO ruining this country and Goodell ruining the NFL. I am so sick of this name change crude. Dan Snyder needs to just tell them it aint going to happen and to shove it.

  48. milkcan44 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    Snyder could change the mascot to a people that will not object because they no longer exist – WASPS

  49. jmac1013 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:44 AM

    jimmyt says:
    Mar 28, 2014 9:22 AM
    How does a guy like that keep getting elected? Are people really that dumb?
    The answer is simple…Seniority. The more senior the politician the more money can be brought to the state.

    The solution:
    1. Eliminate lifetime benefits for elected politicians.
    2. Term limits for all members of congress.

    This will also help stave off the legal bribery of our elected officials by lobbyists, PACs, etc in the form of campaign contributions.

  50. dragonfly99 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:45 AM

    Not gonna happen no matter how much Obama and Reid talk about it. Goodell (who has more power than both of them) will see that it doesn’t happen.

  51. jvibottomline says: Mar 28, 2014 9:47 AM

    Harry Reid is a liberal, so I guess this means the name will remain Redskins forever

  52. rc33 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:47 AM

    Just when you thought you couldn’t have any less regard for the Senate Majority Leader….
    Change it, don’t change it, I could care less at this juncture.
    But having to hear again from dirt bag politicians?

  53. getyourownname says: Mar 28, 2014 9:54 AM

    Nobody ever accused Harry Reid of being principled. Unless the principle is “how much will you pay me to push your agenda?”

  54. jeffcfalcon says: Mar 28, 2014 9:56 AM

    I would like someone/anyone to tell me if the name changed today, what would that really accomplish. I say nothing. Are these Indians really going around all day with there head hung low feeling like my feelings are hurt because of a sports teams name. Get over it.

  55. enkay85 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:58 AM

    Never push a loyal person to the point that they don’t give a crap.

    That somewhat applies here. I feel that with the more media stories about a name change/demand for a name change/undermining the program Snyder put together, the more people who were up in arms over the name are being driven to the point that they don’t care anymore.

  56. jeanoroid says: Mar 28, 2014 9:59 AM

    Just change the name already. This issue is making people stupider.

  57. olcap says: Mar 28, 2014 10:00 AM

    “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question. . . .”

    Harry, Harry… you don’t call them “Indians” either – they are native Americans.

  58. trollhammer20 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:03 AM

    jimmyt says:
    Mar 28, 2014 9:22 AM

    How does a guy like that keep getting elected?

    Read up on his last opponent.

  59. infectorman says: Mar 28, 2014 10:05 AM

    that’s funny, I always associated the name “Washington Bullets” with the fact that the CIA, Secret Service, FBI and other covert operative agencies have run roughshod over the four corners of the earth spreading “democracy” with their “fun n games”

  60. sylvester000001 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:05 AM

    Seriously and not at all being sarcastic:

    When you invoke Pelosi and then go on to invoke Reid, it really is further evidence you’re on the wrong side of the issue; an issue by the way you yourself invented that isn’t actually an issue.

    This is what the fastest growing social group in our culture, The Misinformed, do. The Misinformed invent things through their own misinterpretation maried with their need to make a name of themselves, and end up in this type of result.

    When you list people like Pelosi and Reid as your partner in an issue, two people who simply don’t live in our real world, You need to start looking in the mirror. But one of the greatest characteristics of The Misinformed is their inability to have a truley open mind. So all they do is just cause trouble. This is why they must be fought against.

  61. bostontim says: Mar 28, 2014 10:08 AM

    “He needs to focus on the economy, healthcare, Russia, and so on and stop reaching to stick his nose into things that he shouldn’t have anything to do with.”

    Pardon me, but those ARE the things he shouldn’t have anything to do with.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  62. tformation says: Mar 28, 2014 10:09 AM

    Harry is appealing to his base here. He really doesn’t have much power over a private organization like the Redskins. Just the power to run his mouth.

    Man, I hate that guy.

  63. bcajun says: Mar 28, 2014 10:10 AM

    NEVADA why do you ppl continue to embarrass yourselves by voting for this retarded lib…GO HOME HARRY YOURE DRUNK AGAIN

  64. bigpoppa5501 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:17 AM

    Reid is a moron…typical of politicians on both sides of the aisle.

    I have zero trust for any of them.

  65. garyhd01 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:33 AM

    PHONY!! they say it takes one to know one and Sen Reid is the 2nd biggest phony of them all i will let you figure out who i have as #1.

  66. deflateddome says: Mar 28, 2014 10:40 AM

    Why does this Administration constantly use the term “On the Wrong Side of History”

    I think that will be an oxymoron in 10 years when looking back at these clowns..

  67. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 28, 2014 10:44 AM

    Having over a billion dollars makes it easier to do the wrong thing for a longer time.

    daniel snyder prefers to throw his money around (while getting a tax deduction) while doing the wrong thing.

    Like I have said since snyder said “NEVER”…. snyder is going to lose.

  68. exnavysub says: Mar 28, 2014 10:45 AM

    His political affiliation aside, this guy has to be one of the most vile, hypocritical lying scumbags in DC. I cant believe there are people who vote for him.

    His blatantly false accusations of Romney not paying taxes was absolutely despicable. And the media let him get away with it.

    I can not wait until this man is out of politics. Him getting booted would be the best way to see him go.

  69. tcostant says: Mar 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    I was think 5 years, but the name will change at some point. No doubt about it.

    As for the “foundation” is not a charity because it is not need based. It help people who support the Redskins name. He would let someone die in the streets, who public supported a name change.

  70. olcap says: Mar 28, 2014 10:51 AM

    garyhd01 says:
    Mar 28, 2014 10:33 AM

    PHONY!! they say it takes one to know one and Sen Reid is the 2nd biggest phony of them all i will let you figure out who i have as #1.

    Mitch McConnell?

  71. beachsidejames says: Mar 28, 2014 10:55 AM

    I would agree to change the name if Harry Reid stepped down immeadiatly. Everything that comes out of Harry’s mouth is more insulting to all americans than any logo on a football helmet.

  72. eagles512 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:59 AM

    Reid is one of the worst politicians we’ve got. And that’s saying a lot.

  73. 5to46hawkfan says: Mar 28, 2014 11:06 AM

    Harry Reid is a fn moronic PoS! I wish he would just die already or move to another country and ruin it too – azzwipe

  74. gburr75 says: Mar 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    Nice to see Reid is taking care of the important stuff….Oh wait, wasn’t he was just busted for violating campaign laws? IMO.. The only thing that will be changing, is the Senate Majority Leader seat!! Bye Bye Harry!

  75. lanzurrah says: Mar 28, 2014 11:25 AM

    He’s right. When these senators start looking really hard at the NFL’s tax exempt status to apply a little pressure…you can rest assured the NFL will, in-turn drop the derogatory name.

  76. xcerebus1 says: Mar 28, 2014 11:48 AM

    Let me clarify something: ‘when it’s clear that most Americans agree that the passage time has made the use of the word “Redskins” unacceptable in any context, regardless of historical use, honorable intentions, or charitable contributions.’ What you actually mean was: when it’s clear that all of us at PFT and MSNBC agree that the passage time has made the use of the word “Redskins” unacceptable in any context, regardless of historical use, honorable intentions, or charitable contributions.’ Not only does it clear up any question about ‘most Americans’, but it also share your partisanship in these stories.

  77. kcflake says: Mar 28, 2014 11:56 AM

    You’d think Harry would have more important issues to deal with than the name of the Redskins.

  78. oldbyrd says: Mar 28, 2014 12:00 PM

    When Oprah Winfrey said “all old white people should die, they should just die” I wonder if that included The Nazi Pelosi and Harry the druken Moron?

  79. cuda1234 says: Mar 28, 2014 12:07 PM

    Reid has absolutely no credibility on this issue. No one has been worse to Native Americans than the Federal Government.

    Snyder and Co. use a name that may be disparaging to some but real damage has been done to this community by Reid and company for decades.

    Reid has no high ground to stand on and, as usual, should be embarrassed.

  80. charger383 says: Mar 28, 2014 1:19 PM

    The name Redskins bothers people I like to see bothered

  81. fringetastic says: Mar 28, 2014 1:31 PM

    I still call the airport “National airport”.

  82. nagaswan says: Mar 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    Let Dan Snyder keep the team name… when he moves the team to L.A. Give DC a new owner!

  83. zemongoose says: Mar 28, 2014 2:45 PM

    The Redskins name will be changed, and it will be changed for one reason only. Little Danforth Snyder stands to rake in an absolute fortune with the rebranding.

    Of course, given the vehemence of the fanbase concerning the name, he has to appease them by fighting the powers that be over the issue. Given his complete, total failure as an owner and as a man, he needs all the goodwill from the Skins fanbase that he can muster.

    I’ve been following the Redskins since 1977 and will continue to do so (and wear the colors), if they keep the name fine. If they don’t, fine as well.

    Oh, and just a little word of advice…Fox News turns your brain to goo.

  84. stevenray72 says: Mar 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    I have struggled with to much hair on my body for my entire life. And quit frankly I am offended by the Senator’s name!

  85. uncletuna says: Mar 28, 2014 8:04 PM

    Harry Reid should be hanging from a tree like his Great Uncle Remus, they’re both crooks…

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