Steve Somers: Four Reasons Why The Redskins Are Changing Their Name

Steve Somers Show
July 14, 2020 - 2:04 pm

It’s been quite a while since we’ve featured a good old classic Schmooze opening montage, but given the buzz around the Washington football team’s pending name change, we have to bring Steve Somers and his production crew some love.

At the opening of his show on Monday (a show currently heard 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. in a quasi-overnight slot on WFAN), Somers doted on the controversy surrounding the situation:

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“Sometimes, being politically correct is correct. If you were to start a team today, would you choose the name Redskins? The answer my friend, no longer blowin’ in the wind, you would not,” Somers said to open his monologue, which followed a signature audio mashup that bleeped out the Red in a “Hail to the Redskins” musical montage. “And now, the Daniel Snyders, vowing to never, ever change the nickname, has now vowed to change it.”

But why, you ask? Somers had four answers, and four non-answers that should’ve been the real ones.

“It really wasn’t because of eight minutes and 46 seconds, or anyone taking a knee or standing for social justice, really wasn’t because of any police reform or slur on Native Americans,” Somers continued. “All of the above would certainly have been more than worthy for any nickname change, but we can give you the four major reasons why the Snyders had no choice: Nike, FedEx, Pepsi, and Bank of America.”

And with that came a scathing editorial on how the dollar still makes the sports world go round.

“There is racism and there is commercialism, and think about this,” Somers opined. “What a win for the Daniel Snyders for sure – they grew up fans of the team, loved the nickname, and of course want to win, but they don’t want to lose their sponsors. When 87 investors and shareholders worth $620 billion send a letter to your sponsors, and your sponsors say, ‘change the name or else,’ you change the name. Some teams, like the Utes in Utah and the Blackhawks in Chicago, they have arrangements with the local tribes – but Daniel Snyder didn’t see the light, as much as he felt the heat.”

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