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Jim Shaw: What is hostile, abusive?

With the NFL season upon us, it raises the question …

E If the University of North Dakota’s former Fighting Sioux nickname was “hostile and abusive,” then what do you call the Washington Redskins? I doubt many Native Americans are proud of that name. Can you imagine calling a team the “Blackskins,” in honor of African-Americans? Now, several broadcasters and the Washington Post editorial board say they will refuse to call the Washington team the Redskins.

Can’t wait to see what happens on Nov. 2 when the Redskins play at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the permanent home to the University of Minnesota.

U of M President Eric Kaler wants to eliminate the use of the Redskins name at that game.

I realize the NCAA and NFL are different, but I suspect the Redskins name has a short shelf life. Many diehard fans will complain, the name will be changed, and people will move on.

  • Speaking of racism … Bruce Bladow should voluntarily take down his confederate flags. They’re up for all to see at a campground in rural Perham, Minn. Bladow says those flags represent history. True, but no matter how you slice it, those flags represent slavery. 

    Having said that, I acknowledge that Bladow has every right to display those flags.

  • I know it’s unprofessional, but I find comments made by two Clay County prosecutors to be refreshing. After a jury reached a not guilty verdict in a sexual assault trial, the attorneys posted their comments on Facebook. One of them called the jury, “12 idiots.” Another one said, “Wake up people.”

    I don’t know anything about this case, but I do know juries can make mistakes. Does the O.J. Simpson murder case ring a bell? Often when attorneys lose a case they say something meaningless like, “I respect the jury system.” At least this time we got some candid reaction.

  • Now that North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota are playing each other in football again (although it should be every year, with some games at UND), it’s time to resume another great rivalry: Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Their last game was in 2006. When they played each other the game was televised, a sellout crowd cheered loudly, and both schools received great publicity.

    According to Concordia Sports Information Director Jim Cella, the problem is scheduling restrictions imposed by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. That’s the conference MSUM plays in. Here’s hoping the NSIC can be a little more flexible, so the battle for bragging rights in Moorhead comes back.

  • Speaking of football, my first job was selling popcorn at New England Patriots football games. A box of popcorn sold for 25 cents, and I was paid a 10 percent commission, which amounted to a whopping 2.5 cents a box. I didn’t make lots of money, but I didn’t care. I got to see the games for free.

Shaw is a former WDAY-TV reporter, and former KVRR-TV news director. A master’s graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois, he has taught college-level mass communications, and has hosted radio programs on KFGO. Email