WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – By now, everyone should be well aware of the two-plus-minute monologue on the Redskins team name delivered by Bob Costas during halftime of Sunday Night Football.
This isn’t the first time Costas has used his weekly halftime segment to throw politics in the face of a casual football audience. In Dec. 2012, he ranted on the need for harsher gun control legislation after Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot the mother of his child, and later himself; a tragedy that rocked both the Chiefs organization and the NFL as a whole.
While this particular rant may have been the first time many in NBC’s viewing audience had heard of the name debate – or at least been forced to pay attention to it – for actual Redskins fans, it was likely the last thing they wanted to hear as their team trailed the Cowboys 14-6 at the half.
WNEW’s Kevin Patrick grabbed some local reaction from a few of those fans at Bob & Edith’s – a 24-hour diner in Arlington – just hours after the broadcast on Monday morning.
Perhaps their responses – albeit a small sample of employees and customers on-hand at the time – are more representative of the majority opinion of Redskins fans on the issue, versus that of the national perspective, and thusly, could lend to how the consensus may evolve over time as people grow weary of the subject.
“I’m not really worried about the name, you know, I’m just worried about our record,” said Jose.
“They make you feel like you’re disrespected, so I think it should be changed,” said Sam Marie, a woman of Indian decent.
“Bob is the probably more direct affecter,” an unidentified customer said.”
“I don’t find it offensive,” said another.
“If I was Native American, I’d actually probably be proud of it because I’m their mascot,” Jose added. “We’re not really saying ‘Hey, you are a Redskin.'”
The overriding opinion seemed to reflect more care for the team’s current record (1-4), than for anything to do with the team’s name, the Redskins.
Listen to the short clips below.