Isn’t the new name insensitive to Porcine-Americans? (Not to mention boring and redundant, what with footballs being called pigskins…)
Not a year goes by that activists don’t call for the Washington Redskins to drop the team’s controversial name and mascot. Polls are taken, lawsuits filed, but the name endures. Many consider it straight-forward racism, while others, including Dan Snyder, one of the NFL’s least-loved owners, do not.
The Washington City Paper, which falls in the former category, has taken matters into its own hands. Two weeks ago editor Mike Madden announced the paper would be renaming the team by reader vote. The team formerly known as the Redskins will henceforth be referred to in City Paper as … The Washington Pigskins, A.K.A. The Hogs, a tribute to the team’s onetime dominant offensive line. Helpfully, the new name allows for the continuation of the popular ’Skins abbreviation.