Sports News Without Access, Favor, Or Discretion

ESPN's Rick Reilly just published a column about the controversy over the racist nickname of the Washington Redskins in which, after consulting a few Native Americans, he compares those who'd like the team to change its nickname to those who originally restricted Native Americans to reservations. Seriously: that's his kicker.

Trust us. We know what's best. We'll take this away for your own good, and put up barriers that protect you from ever being harmed again.

Kind of like a reservation.

We don't know why he's essentially equating criticism of overtly racist iconography with the forced relocation of entire nations, or how anyone could possibly publish this; we're not sure we want to know. Probably better to recall the increasingly distant days when Reilly was possibly the best sports writer working in the language. This guide to some of his best work our Tommy Craggs put together a few years ago will help.



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