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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post

    What's to stop 10% of the apple farmers here in New England from saying they are offended that Microsoft is trying to represent Apples as technology instead of fruit?
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa bull View Post
    Yep. It would sever the emotional attachment to the team. It would be like an expansion team coming in.
    For some fans, absolutely.

    It's funny....a national sports team changing its entire identity while remaining in the exact same location has RARELY happened and I can only think of one instance where it occured without significant fan support. The three instances I can think of off hand all come from basketball.

    The New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans. To my understanding the folks down in New Orleans were happy for the change. The "Hornets" name never held any special affinity to them and the Pelican is somehow an important bird within New Orleans culture if I remember reading something right.

    The Charlotte Bobcats to the Charlotte Hornets. People in Charlotte HATED losing the Hornets and couldn't stand the Bobcats name by and large (Hell, it was named in part due to the original owner...first name Robert). The majority of fans in Charlotte seem to be ESTATIC they're getting their hornets back, as the name is a sense of pride for the city dating back to the revolutionary war.

    The Washington Bullets to the Washington Wizards. And by and large, this was a decision PANNED in Washington. Fans for the most part have hated the name change. Living in the area, it's not uncommon what so ever to find individuals to claim to have been Bullets fans that stopped following the team after the name change. There were others that, despite the name change, still would make it a point to wear Bullets jerseys or get knock-off Bullets gear with the current players. Fans have been clamoring for years for the team name and colors to change back.....eventually leading to a few years ago when one of the teams Logos returned to one that resembled the old Bullets logo, the jersey's reverted back to the look of old Bullets jersey's, and the color's went back to Red, White, and Blue.

    It's kind of strange and a weird coincidence (meaning that seroiusly, not snarky) that both of the MAJOR instances where a team that isn't involved in a recent move in some fashion is having it's name changed are Washington D.C. sports teams and both due to the notion that the name is "offensive".

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

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    Doesn't change my point that a big reason why people don't think this word is racist is because there aren't enough people in the group that it is disparaging to stand up against it.
    So your opinion that it is disparaging means as much as the other posters opinion that it is not.

    Isn't that right?

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    Microsoft and Apple are two different corporations.
    Ooops! Blonde moment.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    That's pretty much it.
    Perfect.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    So your opinion that it is disparaging means as much as the other posters opinion that it is not.

    Isn't that right?
    Nicely done.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    Most especially, as you have already alluded, the Washington Redskins name is the safe wag the dog issue of the moment. It takes focus off of Iraq imploding, obscuring the disappearance of two years of Lois Lerner's and now six other people's e-mails and her hard drive being recycled right in the midst of the height of the IRS scandal, and ensures that the Obamacare nightmare won't be prominently back in the news prior to the upcoming election.

    I wondered what they would come up with. This appears to be it.
    The Redkins' name and an Op-Ed kept our esteemed Senate Majority leader very busy yesterday. I wonder what he has in store for us today (while the world is filled with mayhem).

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    The Redkins' name and an Op-Ed kept our esteemed Senate Majority leader very busy yesterday. I wonder what he has in store for us today (while the world is filled with mayhem).
    He did say to do the opposite of whatever Cheney says regarding war.
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa bull View Post
    There doesn't have to be a team named after the Euro-Americans in order for them to find the slur "white people" offensive. There's no "white" nation. No one came from the country of "white". And you don't get to tell other people what they should or shouldn't find offensive. If a small percentage of Euro-Americans find it offensive, then racist scum need to be forced to stop using it. That's the way it works. Take any word or phrase you want and insist it's pejorative and make people stop using it. Faggot is a good example. So is niggardly. Two perfectly good words that the thought police have purged from practical use.
    I find N.W.A. offensive. I am sure I can find 4 people that think like me and have that musical groups patent pulled so anybody can sell items with their name on it.

    Is the patent office going to be inundated with requests like this now?

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    The "Skins" could be an acceptable compromise.
    Too be quite honest, I don't think it will...

    If you just go by "Skins" but keep the icongraphy the team uses, I don't believe the activists will be happy and the complaints and attempts to combat the team will continue.

    If you just go by "Skins" but remove the icongraphy the team uses, then I don't think you'll have fans being amazingly happy with it. That's no different than changing the name to "Warriors" but keeping everything...you're still changing a significant portion of the tradition.

    I do agree that personally I think it'd be a reasonably compromise, but I don't think by and large it'd really do anything to fix the situation...it'd just tamp it down for a bit.

    I stand by my belief that the most likely course of action is that Snyder holds on for as long as he possible can until his hand is actually forced, at which time it goes to Warriors (which I believe the team already does have trademarked as it relates to an NFL franchises potential naming).

    The general icongraphy could still be kept, likely moving to the old "Spear and Feather" logo. Burgundy and Gold would likely be kept as the color. The rythem for the fight remains in tact as the syllables are similar with with "Hail to the Warriors" and "Hail to the Redskins".

    Mind you, I don't think that'd really stop anything either. Based on what's occured on the college ranks, where "Redskins" was largely focused on first but grew to pretty much going after almost any non-officially sanctioned native american referenced names, I fully expect that if/when this fight is won that the eyes will then turn to the other names around pro sports. Note, I am not suggesting this as a reason AGAINST changing the Redskins name...but simply something I'd believe to be likely and something I'd take into consideration if I was an owner of the team having to figure out what to do with the next name.

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