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NFL team names under scrutiny

Recently, the Washington Redskins had their trademark taken away and many are up in arms about it. The next step; taking away the team’s name altogether. Even though the Washington franchise changed their name once before (in 1936 with the blessing of then head coach and Native-American Lone Star Dietz) the Federal Government feels the name is too “disparaging” and time for a change. Maybe they’re right, but why stop there? There are plenty of teams that might be “pushing the envelope” just a bit. For this all-inclusive world we live in, here are some other teams that the Feds might want to consider going after next.

Cleveland Browns: Look, if “Redskins” is offensive, then the “Browns” is right there too. What are they playing at? Sure, they say the team is named after the supposed “father of modern football” Paul Brown, but it seems a little too sketchy if you ask me. Tones of brown are the color of some people’s skin. Actually a lot of people. Should the league really be calling attention to that? Oh, it’s also offensive to the elfish community. Possible new name: Cleveland Tootsies

49ersSan Francisco 49ers: The word “49er” derives from the California Gold Rush of 1849. Pretty much any person who made their way to Northern California that year was dubbed a “49er”. The name might not seems offensive, but think about all the desperate people that made the long, arduous journey to possibly get rich. Mostly, the Gold Rush spawned many attacks on Native Americans, many of whom were forced from their lands. The mascot alone is enough to upset the most hardened prospector. Possible new name: San Francisco Fog

Minnesota Vikings: Much like the Redskins, the Vikings are named after a tribe of local Minnesota peoples. Vikings were a savage, seafaring people. The team’s name is offensive to our Norwegian cousins by implying that all Scandinavian-Americans are strong adventurers that vanquish their enemies swiftly, love the sea and fear Odin. Which, in all fairness, we’re all afraid of Anthony Hopkins.  Possible new name: Minnesota Myths

Miami Dolphins: Haven’t dolphins, as a people…well species been through enough? After years of being canned with tuna, slaughtered in the waters of Japan, and joked about by South Park, it’s time these creatures deserve a rest. It’s bad enough these clowns gentle mammals of the sea were portrayed so poorly with that hideous logo for decades. The NFL doesn’t want the WWF (not the glorious wrestling of old) on their backs regarding animal mistreatment. It may be time for a change. At least The Simpsons showed us the badass side of these animals. Possible new name: Miami Retirees 

New York GiantsNew York Giants: Sure, “Giants” may not seem offensive, but it does ostracize little people. The league doesn’t want to exclude anyone. Besides, how would this make actual giants feel, if they existed? They don’t exist, right? Possible new name: New York All-Heights

Pittsburgh Steelers: Now, I know they are named after the hardworking men…no, men and women…no, people of the American steel & iron industry, but its way too close to the word “steal”. We don’t want new fans to think the Steelers may be a bunch of thieves. Not to mention they only have three colored stars in their logo. Look guys, the world is a rainbow. Possible new name: Pittsburgh Workers

New Orleans Saints: Due to their large Catholic population, the New Orleans franchise settled on “The Saints” in 1966. And while this may seem on the up-and up, America is home to many religions. A lot of those religions like to protest. Seriously, I mean a lot. In order to avoid a long religious debate, the NFL may want to address this issue sooner rather later.  Possible new name: New Orleans Protest

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Gulf of Mexico was port home to many a sailor. None more than pirates. Disney might be able to get away with celebrating pirates, but not the NFL. These hooligans would sail the open water, going from island to island searching for beautiful women, treasure and other valuables. And when they weren’t doing that, they were drinking themselves silly or singing about it. Horrible. What precedent does it set to honor a rum-based lifestyle? It’s not like the league’s number one sponsor is an alcohol company. Possible new name: (bring back “Bucco Bruce” logo) Tampa Bay Flamencos

Houston Texans: The only reason this may seem offensive to people actually from Texas, IS because of the team. The Texans 2013 implosion was so embarrassing that fans started flocking to Dallas. OK, that’s probably not true, but they did burn jerseys like a Ukrainian an uprising. If I were a Texas native, I’d be offended. Possible new names: Houston Try-Harders

Michael Beaudwin is a NFL writer for TPF and can be reached at MBeaudwin@thepenaltyflagblog.com

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Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey: Who is he?

The Miami Dolphins finally sealed the deal and found a new GM.  Is this a piece the Dolphins have been missing or will this be more years of disappointment?

Dennis Hickey wasn’t the Dolphins’ first choice. Far from. Hickey agreed early Sunday to become the team’s latest general manager, the Dolphins announced, but only after the team wooed two others Nick Caserio and Lake Dawson who had issues with the team’s power structure. A third finalist, Ray Farmer, wouldn’t even agree for a final interview. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will continue to oversee his coaching staff and also will answer only to Ross.

What Does Dennis Hickey bring to the table?

Dennis HickeyDennis Hickey  comes to Miami with a 28-52 record as a GM before being fired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers , but it’s not his record that attracted him to Miami, its his education on players.  Hickey was very much involved in the Buccaneers’ draft decisions, particularly over the past 9 of his 18 years with the team — six as director of college scouting (2005-2010) and the past three as director of player personnel.  Will this be a good fit for Miami Dolphins Or will this be another years worth down the drain?

Hickey’s track record in the NFL Draft is equally mixed. The Buccaneers had some bad misses early in his time as college scouting director, including busts Carnell Williams (fifth overall pick in 2005), Gaines Adams (fourth overall in 2007) and quarterback Josh Freeman (the first-round pick who was traded after four inconsistent seasons in Tampa). However, the team’s draft success rate has improved in recent years, however, hitting on running back Doug Martin, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David. Also, the team could have its quarterback of the future in Mike Glennon.

Is 2014 the year Miami Dolphins finally make it to the playoffs???