Brian Golden

Ah, not so fast with all the hosannahs to the National Football League.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is having his worst month since he tried to cover up the Ray Rice domestic violence elevator video.

First he apologized to Colin Kaepernick, who likes to wear a Che Guevara T-shirt and socks depicting police as pigs. Oh yeah, he trashed the Fourth of July as a holiday the other day.

Has Kaepernick ever read or heard Guevara’s racist denunciations of African-Americans?

Has he registered to vote yet?

In 2017, he wasn’t.

Then the Commissioner, on an obvious roll, decreed that, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as The Black National Anthem, be played before all Week 1 games in September.

It would be a tribute to the African-American victims of police brutality, the NFL said.

No word on how the 87 murder victims on the south side of Chicago in the month of June, virtually all of them black, would be remembered.

Written as a poem to honor President Abraham Lincoln in 1900 and put to music in 1905, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a beautiful song.

But don’t we already have a national anthem?

Plus, consider the Week 1 optics: everyone on their feet singing The Black National Anthem, and then the two teams taking knees to protest the national anthem.

Clearly, the Commish didn’t think this one through.

And there’s a pretty good likelihood of mass protests outside Arrowhead Stadium when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans to kick off the season.

Goodell issued that invitation to protest the Chiefs’ native-American nickname when he once again urged the Washington Redskins to drop their nickname.

Being a devoted NFL fan for the last 55 years, I want to do my part to help Commissioner Goodell.

Before he steps in it again.

What should we change the Washington nickname to?

“Swamp Creatures,” is one possibility. 

Or, they could be the “Deep Staters.”

“Gridlock,” “Dysfunction,” and “Morass” are possibilities if a collective name is preferred.

Two bad ideas — which means they could be chosen — are “Lobbyists,” and “Monuments.”

The Washington Federals, maybe? We could call the Fed-Ups, for short.

Hey, how about the Washington Replacements?

We can take care of that on Nov. 3.

Someone suggested the Washington Wayback Machines, since the protesters seem to love spending so much time in the past.

How about the E Pluribus Unums?

That is, “from one, many” — referring to how we would prefer to bring back racial separatism rather than attack our problems as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Commissioner, you really opened a can of worms. A barrel, in fact.

That’s it! 

Rename them the Washington Worms.

Unless you like Weasels better.

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