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@aprilwalker14 I really do believe it had more to do with the $10.4 million owed to him this season than any other thing. Would have kept him at $6 million.


Gotta pinch them pennies, you know.

23 hours, 54 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@dreadpirateroberts It does not carry more weight, but the lengthy story in The Post (of course) will have wide circulation.

6 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@StudleyDudley131 I will allow that they are the exceptions that prove the rule. 


1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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There was a time you LOVED Chris Kluwe. Admit it.


But, (or butt) I question the propriety of using the word "asshole" in sensitive story like this one.  

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/

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@aprilwalker14 Guess I am a tad out of touch, April. What did he say?

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@aprilwalker14 Amen, sister. Amen.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@aprilwalker14 Always appreciate your comments, April.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@fgoodwin You might be older than I am! Thank you for the clarification and references. 


The main point remains, however. G.P. Marshall hated seen LeBaron in a Cowboys uniform however that came to be. It partly explains his animus towards the Cowboys. Fans have bought into it since the 1960's, well before George Allen came to the Redskins and took the rivalry to another level.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Redskins rivalry with Cowboys didn't start with George Allen

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Sure. Listen to the Cowboy. Emmett is wrong about that anyway. The people whipped up in this hysteria would only see that suggestion as a half measure and bash Snyder even more. Neutrals would say, "If you change part of the name, why not all of it?" Pressure on the team would go up, not down. 

Just go count your rings, Emmett.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thesportsdaily.net/emmitt-smith-on-redskins-name-change-drop-the-red-and-keep-the-skins/

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@ImNotYourMascot I imply no such thing (duly enrolled in a federally recognized Native American Indian tribe in this country). I do not confuse registration with ancestry. I am satisfied that One Wolf is as authentically Native as Ray Halbritter.


Hog Heaven does not have tests of racial or registration purity before contributors or respondents may make a point.  


More to the point is that I, as a Redskins fan and history buff, have described the origin of the word. My work was clinical. One Wolf's was eloquent. I need that to counter some of the canard published by Esquire.com and others. 


If you can point out factual errors in the post about the source and meaning of "redskin" to counter what One Wolf wrote, I would love to read it here.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@joebobbean And your response is exactly appropriate if you oppose the name.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@ImNotYourMascot And your point is...?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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Wish I wrote this. Good points.


You do repeat one error often seen in this controversy, confusion in the use of the word "redskin" and "Redskins." One word is disputably a slur. The other is a brand of a football team. The word in the dictionary is "redskin." The dictionary says that word is sometimes used to disparage real people. 


"The Redskins(r)" is a brand of football entertainment. It is not and has never been used to disparage real people. The brand is always presented with Capital R and is always plural. Spelling is how to tell the difference.


The word in the dictionary fell into such disuse in the 20th-Century, that the brand name "Redskins" was all most people saw in print and why it has come to mean a sports team and ONLY a sports team. 


When people slurred Native Americans they used all the words in place that described them including the common variation of Indian (rhymes with "engine") and variations of the n-word, prairie n-word and red n-word. 


Critics will say I am splitting hairs, but the difference is as enormous as "god" and "God." These are not the same word and, when properly used, are not interchangeable. The Redskins(r) is not interchangeable with redskin.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on True Lies and the Washington Redskins

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@washingtonfan When one is speaking of the Washington Redskins football team, one says The Redskins. The Redskins are about football and only about football. When one is speaking of real people, one says Native American. 


Sports fans get it that mascots reflect the team and not real people. A Native American Redskins fan told me that. 


The word that may be a slur is "redskin." The brand is "The Redskins(r)." Trademark owners, not dictionaries, get to define the meaning of the brand when applied to their line of business. Spelling and punctuation are how to tell them apart. The difference is as meaningful as god and God. Spelled the same. Pronounced the same, but they are not the same word. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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Those hog trough urinals were the best crowd movement feature at the Metrodome. I've visited many NFL stadiums with the conventional one-man-one-pot urinals. The back-up queue had the bladder-bursting potential of inhibiting timely passage of filtered beer. Hog troughs, however, allow more men to stand cheek to cheek, so to speak, in the best tradition of Man Rule No. 1: Eyes straight ahead or straight down.


I hope to see improved hog troughs in your billion dollar New Vikings Stadium (pending naming rights) and something similar for the women. Every time I see a line of women waiting to enter the Ladies Room, I think the Lord He made me a man.  

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/2014-articles/buy-a-vikings-pot-to-piss-in.html

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Super Bowl 1992. Good times!


2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://purplejesusdiaries.com/

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@dcunlimited  "Robert" Sherman is clearly the product of incomplete editing. thanks for pointing it out.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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Cousins was worth a fourth round pick to Cleveland and worth more than that to Washington just like Bruce Allen said long time ago. What's the story here? How is that a surprise?


From Cousins' viewpoint, he would have gone from a roster with RGIII to a roster with Brian Hoyer, his predecessor QB at Michigan State, and Johnny Manziel. What's the win for him?


Hoyer and Cousins have similar traits so the pairing might have worked if the Browns weren't able to snag Manziel. Now, if Browns had kept all three, Cousins would have dropped to third on the depth chart, because Manziel is probably the No. 1 guy no matter what the owner says. Or more likely, Hoyer or Cousins would have been released in September. You know it would have been Cousins.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Report-Browns-tried-to-trade-for-Kirk-Cousins.html

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@starchild053  Nope. Why would you say that on a site called Redskins Hog Heaven????

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/rich-tandler-on-rgiiis-offseason-play-this-year-vs-last-year.html

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@JaxJoe  I read this and the theme from CHEERS popped in my head.


"Sometimes you wanna go 

where everybody knows your name

and they are always glad you came.

You wanna be where you can see

our troubles are all the same.

You wanna be where

everybody knows your name."


Thank you for commenting.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/redskins-players-put-full-court-press-on-jdax.html

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@aprilwalker14  Perfect example: Redskins let LB Rob Jackson test the free agent market. They just resigned him. It's their new way of doing business.


You don't lose players to a fair deal. For both sides to know what's fair, the player has to test the market.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/rich-tandler-redskins-sign-s-ryan-clark-to-one-year-deal.html

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@Spiffo  Not about Pinkston. It's about Ryan Clark and No. 36 in the video, St. Sean Taylor.


Oh, HTTR = Hail To The Redskins. #HTTR is one of the more popular hashes tweeted by Redskins fans.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/

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@aprilwalker14  Figure Jackson to take two and a-half seasons to wear on your nerves.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/desean-jackson-and-the-redskins-6-things-you-havent-thought-about.html

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@aprilwalker14  Even Gruden doesn't know how all the pieces fit together. It's his job, not the QB's, to figure it out. That has to be easier and more fun than game planning withOUT DJax.


Garcon was one of the crew that hung out with Jackson Monday night, so he's on board.


These Snyder-Specials haven't worked out in the past, but I like the move. I like the contract. Jackson has a one-year honeymoon when he does well to get that chip off his shoulder. By mid-2015 season, Redskins fans will see what the Eagles saw that got him fired. The Skins won't be locked into a long-term contract by then. 


So the guy is a little showboating street punk. So was Brandon Banks. We liked him, didn't we?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/redskins-players-put-full-court-press-on-jdax.html

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@aprilwalker14  The Redskins are (mostly) into market value deals for players with an eye towards the back end of contracts. He visited. They talked. He hoped for higher. He took time to check out other teams. He returned. No different than with London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall or Brian Orakpo who said he would not sign a franchise offer. 


I like it, but it seems to be unsettling to a lot of Redskins fans.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/rich-tandler-redskins-sign-s-ryan-clark-to-one-year-deal.html

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@southphillyben  Um, thank you for the comment.


Somebody, please tell the old guy what is awesss?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/peering-into-the-mind-of-desean-jackson-through-the-eyes-of-riley-freeman.html

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@Harry Pianos  You aren't from Texas are you. (Or. are you being snarky?)


Many Longhorn fans believe that nothing McCoy ever did as quarterback measured up to Vince Young. Vince was so perfect that he could walk on ....


Oh, never mind. If you have to explain it, it's not really funny.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/colt-mccoy-is-a-joke.html

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@jhop  You shouldn't say Deadskins because it offends the dead. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://redskinshogheaven.com/2014-articles/colt-mccoy-is-a-joke.html

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@Origiam Thank you for sharing your story. It is part of the narrative. I do not agree with your solution for reasons posted on this site many times over the past year. Nor will I ask you to change your opinion on the matter, or of me. But when I say "Redskins," the spelling is important here, I refer to the team, its players and to me as a fan of the team.


The very genuine issues faced by Native Americans are are invisible to most of America and would remain so except for the team name controversy. The irony is that if Daniel Snyder caved and changed the name four months ago instead of visiting Tribal communities, those matters would become invisible again. It's how the country works.


We shall see how this plays out. I have a hunch that The Washington Redskins, solely because they are an NFL team, may become the most effective advocate on Native American issues by shedding light on it. That depends on Snyder's sincerity, the longevity of the effort and funding. 


Not sure about that yet; it is Dan Snyder after all, but I don't dismiss it either.



4 months, 1 week ago on Redskins form foundation to help Tribal communities, puts money where critics' mouths are

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@Origiam  The way the n-word is being thrown around, neither of us can say that it will not ever come into acceptable use, perhaps even for a sports team. But that's not the point is it?


We have very differing life experiences on the use of "Redskins." I've never used the word, nor ever heard it refer to anything but the football team. Your personal truth is based on a different experience. Our perspectives are guided by the reality of our experiences. 


It's hard to hear other people's point of view when they are tuning out mine and question its sincerity. It must be more so for Daniel Snyder when people open the conversation with "racist."

4 months, 1 week ago on Redskins form foundation to help Tribal communities, puts money where critics' mouths are

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A Native American Washington Redskins fan told me that sports fans get it that mascots are a reflection of their team and not of real people. I will go with that.


In all my life, and I'm a boomer, I've only heard the word Redskins (capital R, plural) as a reference to the team or it's fans. If you are not one of those, you are not a Redskin.


The slurs I've heard for Native Americans have been the i-word (rhymes with engine), or variations of the n-word. 

4 months, 1 week ago on Redskins form foundation to help Tribal communities, puts money where critics' mouths are

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The Redskins make a promise to a pass rushing DT that he can continue to have the same kind of pass rush impact he had on his old team, but a few twists in the scheme means he is a shock absorber for a pass rushing linebacker and then a coaching change a year later introduces a scheme completely different than promised and not at all to the liking of Albert Haynesworth. 


Hatcher's case is setting up just like Haynesworth's. I like the Hatcher signing, apart from the dollars, and Hatcher is no Haynesworth we hope. Promises can change when situations do. If the Haslett experiment does not work out and the Redskins go in another direction in 2015, all bets are off for scheme and Hatcher's place in it. Offseason optimism says things will be different this time.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Redskins Free Agent Analysis: DT Jason Hatcher

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@aprilwalker14 Thanks for the comment, April. Cortland Finnigan is available. Interesting possibility ... if the price is right.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Champ Bailey, You Can't Go Home Again to the Redskins

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@Yamster I suspect the tolerance and acceptance is in the 86% of those who will accept a gay player in the locker room ... because I do not believe that 86% of NFL players really accept gay people generally.


With the blow back some players experienced for intolerant tweets, the Incognito scandal and memos flying from NFL HQ, you will hear the "right" answers from players, not necessarily honest ones. And that's OK.


All are entitled to their opinion, but no one is entitled to hinder a player the boss hired to help win games, or to keep that player from developing the full potential of their talent, or to stand in the way of their income. Players DO get that part. 


Just saying that acceptance and tolerance are not the same. A player may not like the development. Acceptance is all that is really required. (And yeah, maybe we are saying the same thing only in reverse.)


Employers of football players may not discriminate on sexual orientation. Teams haven't had to confront this before because no active player or prospect have come out and others who had their suspicions kept their mouths shut.   


When Mike Sam came out, he outted the issue too. Know what? Pro sports has had a way of teaching us something about issues like this. Sam and the NFL will get along just fine.


5 months, 1 week ago on Disturbing: Poll finds that 14% of players WOULDN'T be OK with openly gay teammate

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If Pitino and Izzo took the time to use social media enough understand it, they wouldn't have the time to win games. They would be fired for losing and then have lots of time on their hands to tweet as much as they want.
See? Fox Sports Live got Pitino's out-of-context quote exactly right. Social media is for losers.

5 months, 1 week ago on Rick Pitino gets caught in the social media web

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"I frankly expected the numbers to be much more in favor of tolerance and acceptability."


That's because you are young and outside the closed, testosterone-driven world of pro athletes. A few years ago, a number of pro athletes (more than 14% I'm sure) could not understand why there was so much anger directed at Michael Vick over dog-fighting. Vick may have been the only person up to then to be convicted and jailed on federal animal cruelty charges. It's a world of men and male-oriented view points tend to be extreme in the most aggressive of all team sports.


I read somewhere that 33% of everyone you meet just won't like you on general principle. 14% is probably too low as more players get blow back for expressing their opinion. You'll get the "right" survey answer now, not necessarily an honest one.  

5 months, 1 week ago on Disturbing: Poll finds that 14% of players WOULDN'T be OK with openly gay teammate

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@MarvinLewisMiracleWorker  Meh. I hate when readers point out my errors and they turn out to be really there. Thanks. Fixed.

5 months, 1 week ago on Biz Blitz: NFL says Richie Incognito AND Mike Pouncey guilty as hell of harassment

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Norv is still coaching? :-p

5 months, 1 week ago on New Vikings OC Norv Turner Already on Hot Seat

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The issues you raise about minor league teams apply equally to women's team sports. One does not need to do a study to know there's a huge gap in viewership for NCAA women's basketball compared to men.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Why College Sports Prevail Over Minor Leagues: Brands Matter

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This is not the first cold weather Super Bowl. It's the first to be played in an uncovered stadium. Super Bowls have become corporate events as ticket prices become out of reach for ordinary fans. As long as corporate suites sell out, the NFL could sell a Super Bowl in Siberia. Corporations, however, would rather entertain clients in warm weather locales where golfing and fishing is more comfortable.

6 months ago on Should this be the only cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history?

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The typical corporate p.r. response is to spend $$$ on the thing you are accused of being against. Watch n see.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on 10 Best Things We Learned from Chris Kluwe Calling Mike Priefer a Bigot

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Typical corporate response is to spend $$$ in support of the thing you were accused of being against. Lets watch n see, shall we.



6 months, 4 weeks ago on 10 Best Things We Learned from Chris Kluwe Calling Mike Priefer a Bigot

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@aprilwalker14That awkward moment when venting is all that's left.

7 months ago on Excitement for the Redskins comes Monday, not Sunday

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