The debate about changing the name of D.C’s football team continues to rage while the team continues its losing streak. Yes, there have been some wins–but after the hype over new and promising players, the replacement of one head coach after another, and the large amount of money that has been thrown at the problem–this team is still not winning. The topic of why is hotly debated and fingers have been pointed at everyone from Dan Snyder down. Past fumbles and missteps are dissected, plays are second-guessed–and the interactions and relationships between the coaching staff and players and between the owner and everyone have been examined ad nauseam. Yet after all of this, no one has come up with a good explanation for why the Redskins just can’t win.
Maybe it’s because everyone is looking in all the wrong places for the answer. Yes, this suggestion may seem counterintuitive on the surface, but sometimes we need to look outside the box for answers or in this case, beyond the field, management and players. Maybe the reason is simply bad karma. After all, the team’s name has been labelled an offensive slur by the very people who inspired it, many of whom have requested that it be changed. Yet Dan Snyder insists it’s an honor, that it pays homage to Native Americans and that it is a symbol of pride in our Nation’s Capital. In other words, he is either in heavy denial or just doesn’t want to change the name. Either way, refusing to do so in the face of all the reasons and impassioned requests may be bringing some bad karma back on the franchise.
Ok, so you are not superstitious and/or don’t seek answers from anything that isn’t tangible and easily recognized and understood. Therefore you find it hard to believe that when someone wrongs another, they will eventually pay a price for doing so—that the universe will ensure that they receive in kind what they have given. But in the absence of any other useful explanations that could point to a solution, what would it hurt to test this out?
Dan Snyder could start with an apology, followed by a promise to find a new name. As he begins to take steps towards this, the team might take a turn for the better. RG111’s ankle could heal faster than expected which would allow him to get back in the game and perform like the guy they drafted. The team as a whole might come together like they haven’t in a long time. Then, as a new name is selected, the team would begin a long winning streak. About the time the new name is announced the ?’s would be cruising towards the Super Bowl. Then if they won, everyone would be wondering what changed–suggesting it was the improved performance and dedication on and off the field. Many folks might be seeing the name change as just an interesting coincidence, but are coincidences any easier to believe in than karma? Come to think of it, maybe they are one and the same. There’s only one way to know—Dan Snyder, are you listening?