Simms prepares to call game involving team whose name he’ll try to not say

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On Thursday night, CBS will televise the Giants-Washington game.  It will mark the first time analyst Phil Simms handles a game involving a team whose name Simms says he won’t try to say due to the notion that the name refers to Native Americans in an offensive way.

“Will I refer to their nickname?” Simms tells Richard Deitsch of SI.com.  “Look, I have already done it.  It is a habit.  I played for 15 years [for the Giants] and they were a bitter rival.  There is a chance I could slip.”

Deitsch explains that Simms slipped several times last week, during the Buccaneers-Falcons game.

“I don’t want to be overwhelmed by it,” Simms said.  “I had bad habits as a player.  Bill Parcells used to tell me, ‘You throw a few too many picks, Simms.’ I’d say, ‘Well, Bill, I am going to try to fix that but I will not be fixing that overnight.’  Unfortunately this issue and the nickname, it has been out there for so long and on my radar and I know what I said, but it’s not the easiest habit to break.  So if I refer to them by their nickname, I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry.’  It could happen.  In fact, it did slip this year and I did not know it. I had no idea.  Now I could refer to the nickname I had for them as a player, but I don’t think that is appropriate for television.”

For those who are trying not to say the name (and plenty of broadcasters successfully aren’t), the effort introduces into the brain a filter that is hard to navigate — and that is hard to keep from popping up when getting ready to say the names of other teams, like Raiders and Jaguars and Steelers.

As to Simms, plenty of people will be counting how many times he says it on Thursday night.  Ultimately, keeping an ear open regarding Simms’ commentary could end up being even more entertaining than keeping an eye on the game.

73 responses to “Simms prepares to call game involving team whose name he’ll try to not say

  1. Please don’t use the nickname Cowboys or boys as it demeans women who enjoy football. His old team the Giants mocks short people. As we’ve heard a million times short people can’t play in the NFL successfully. The Vikings & Buccaneers are famous for their romp through civilization(s), please defer using those nicknames. 49’ers are nothing more than poor folks whose relied on ‘fool’s gold’ for instant riches.

  2. Sounds like a good drinking game.. how many times will he say Redskins during the broadcast? A shot each time he slips!

  3. Lets get real all at once Simms found his way, what happened last year and how many times did he say what he won’t say this year. As I always do when he announces turn sound off.

  4. The first generation of abolitionists probably weren’t perfect, either, but you have to start somewhere. Continuing to use an extremely racist name just because it’s “tradition” is a seriously flawed notion.

  5. Already mentioned above, but I too will have the game on mute due to Simms being in the booth. I feel for Jim Nantz, as he does a solid job, but when Phillus speaks, I cringe.

  6. If we can get him to call a game without saying any words at all, THAT would be awesome! Pure silence from Simms and Nance would be a HUGE upgrade for CBS’s #1 crew.

  7. I have never ONCE seen any of you constant complainers say that any single sports announcer is good.

    You all say that they’re all the worst in the business.

    Which ones are good to you people?

    All the awful ones are on FOX (I feel sorry for NFC fans).

    CBS has some great sports announcers, including Simms.

    Just because your narrative doesn’t align with his, now all of the sudden he’s a poor announcer?

    Get real.

  8. If he had a true strong feeling about this issue, he would refuse to work, or accept payment for 1/17th of his contract, for any game involving this team. If he did that, and showed conviction, I’d respect him.

    This is more posturing, another insignificant “journalist” jumping on an issue and not actually doing anything proactive.

    Giants fan here. Loved Simms as a player. Losing respect for him as an announcer minute by minute.

  9. I don’t know why people don’t like him. Phil Simms is alright imo. He at least has some energy unlike the DREADFUL & Monotone Joe Buck. Don’t let something ‘unsportsman’ happen either, Joe Buck is going to give a speech on his morals.

  10. jjb0811 says:
    Sep 24, 2014 3:25 PM
    Please don’t use the nickname Cowboys or boys as it demeans women who enjoy football. His old team the Giants mocks short people. As we’ve heard a million times short people can’t play in the NFL successfully.

    ==========

    LOL, weak.

    Did your parents have any kids with an IQ in double digits?

  11. natelan says: Sep 24, 2014 3:39 PM

    I have never ONCE seen any of you constant complainers say that any single sports announcer is good.

    You all say that they’re all the worst in the business.

    Which ones are good to you people?

    —————————————————

    I’m probably the only guy in America that misses Dennis Miller on Monday Night.

  12. I don’t get all the hate for Simms as an announcer.

    For those of you who have to “mute the TV” because you hate him so much… how come?

    Not defending him, just don’t get it.

    Fill me in on what it is you dislike so much..

  13. What does Simms have to lose by annoying the Redskins faithful? The guy is an ex-Giant, after all.

    Never had much of an opinion on Simms until now. Now I think he’s an idiot.

  14. I too had no problem with Simms and actually enjoyed his color commentary up until now, when he decided to interject his misguided political viewpoints into a sports competition.

    If all NFL Fans would protest these misguided far left extremists who want to shove their misguided extremist viewpoints down our proverbial throats, you would see the Networks change their tune!

    (And I also liked Dennnis Miller on MNF!)

  15. jeagan1999 says:
    Sep 24, 2014 4:06 PM

    I’d rather watch another beat down, like last week, than watch Phil Simms for 3 hours try not to say “Redskins”! LAME!!!!!

  16. Why he won’t say it is because of the Night Terrors and PTSD he suffers from after being chased out of the pocket and sacked by the Redskins D during his time as a Giant.
    It really has nothing to do with the media imposed negativity of the word Redskin.

  17. I’d like to know what he called them when he played. Might be more interesting.

    Probably something that was actually offensive, unlike Redskins.

  18. HTTR.. I truly hope you guys never give up. I hope it gets so bad that your team and it’s repugnant franchise all collapse on itself from the weight.

    If London really wants a team, we should give them this embarrassment. Then make a rule change that no foreign teams can play in the league..

  19. Why doesn’t a network broadcast a game without announcers? Just pipe in the crowd noise, PA, from the game, etc.

  20. If he was that against the name why work any of their games? Be like the Ref who asked not to Ref Redskin games. I personally like the name Redskins but if I had that much of a problem with it I’d ask to do another game that week.

  21. Actually, I have taken to watching CFL games just for the announcers.

    “Oh, just a nifty run oop the left sideline there.”
    “He really dainty footed into space there.”

    It’s oddly addictive.

  22. Grand standing at its best. LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME….I’m not using the name Redskins…..LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME!!

    What a joke. Redskins is not offensive. Never has been and never will be. Nobody really thinks it is, including that vast majority of native americans.

  23. learysdisciples says: “Why doesn’t a network broadcast a game without announcers? Just pipe in the crowd noise, PA, from the game, etc.”

    ———————

    That was actually tried once, as an experiment, back in the mid-80s? I liked it a lot, none of the (mostly) mindless blather that passes for analysis. But, alas, most fans preferred the blather.

  24. dur the giants r mean to swedish people and the cowboys r mean to short people and it’s “the same thing” u libs need 2 get over it at stop being the “pc police” cuz know indians r offended just “libs”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I love how announcers, media, and fans have called them Redskins for years, but now b/c of the Liberal P.C. police, they act like they’ve just been enlightened to something so wrong and hurtful. Idiots!

  26. Actually lets just call all teams…. Denver NFL team. Baltimore NFL Team. St Louis NFL team. Cleveland steamers…. Oops I mean Cleveland NFL team. Kansas cit…. Oh you get it

  27. You are constantly deleting anything I post on PFT talk…. Good, bad, nice, mean, indifferent…. I will discontinue reading PFT Or watching your show… Thanks! Michael ….

  28. It’s funny and kind of reassuring to learn that I’m not the only one who puts games on mute when Simms is doing commentary. But he’s not the only one I mute.

    The issue for me is that the announcers often flapping their gums about things that don’t matter – like they are desperately trying to kill time between plays. I wish they stuck to talking about exactly what we’re all seeing in the game. When they have nothing to say, silence is ok.

  29. “Ultimately, keeping an ear open regarding Simms’ commentary could end up being even more entertaining than keeping an eye on the game.”

    Not if you actually like football, rather than use it a football blog as a soapbox to talk non-stop about your political and social opinions.

  30. Such a joke. He should be fired if he won’t say it. He’s paid to call an NFL game and the Redskins is still their name whether people agree or not. He’s not paid to push an agenda.

  31. More articles about Simms not saying the nickname then there are about ACTUAL problems in the NA community. I can’t stand the hypocrisy….

    This is allllll hype and nothing more.

  32. who really cares if he says “Redskins” or not. People are quick to call it a racial slur and hate on the team and the owner. There are more issues in the NFL than the name of a certain franchise. Simms sucks at broadcasting. Michaels and Collinsworth IMO are great and even as a Redskins fan I enjoy Aikman a lot. There are far worse racial slurs than Redskins anyways and I don’t ever see the name changing.

  33. Wow the name changers never know the whole stratiegy of Lanny the Dress Davis was to let you guys act like highschool fools until you got board with your own BS. Now it is a local story and you have white bread media falling all over it self.

  34. I’m an Eagle fan and have no problem with the name Redskins. In fact I don’t even think it’s derogatory , that being said I can’t wait until it changes just to piss off the Washington fans.

  35. Fill me in on what you dislike so much.

    The constant references to himself when he played.

    The never ending talking, when 3 words would do you get 40.

    Always saying “I” told you if something happens he predicted but never when he’s wrong.

    A voice only a deaf mother could love.

    I could go on but there is a limit to how much space to waste on Phil Simms.

  36. Phil,

    You could just stay silent the entire game.

    Then again, I wouldn’t notice any way because I’ll have the sound muted.

    I’ll bet the advertisers really like all those NFL fans doing that huh?

  37. The whole issue stems from various Indian tribes having casino’s, buying lobbyists to champion their cause and all of a sudden, they are ALL outraged at the name.

    Until they can explain where their outrage was 40, 50, 60+ years ago, it is nothing but grandstanding.

    Simms is proving himself worthless time and time again. Just to refuse to say the name is stupidity at its best. As others have said, if he truly believes it is such a bad racist slur, then he should refuse to do the game period. Anything less just shows he is jumping on the bandwagon!!!

    From a Vikings fan, GO REDSKINS!!!

  38. One word to Mr. Simms, STUPID.
    What’s next, Norway objects to Minnesota calling their team Vikings? Airline objects to calling NY team Jets? Mr. Brown objects to havign a team named after him?
    These idiots who object to being honored in that way obviously have nothing better to do, i.e. you’ve been too long on that reservation.

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