Washington will hang onto Redskins for another season, or two seasons, or perhaps three. But the team will lose the name, and it should.
If there were one dominant Native American tribe, Redskins would have been jettisoned a decade ago. The name is demeaning. It demeans history and tradition, and the values for which a people, and their ancestors, stand.
By a 2-1 vote Wednesday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that Redskins is "disparaging of Native Americans" and should lose its trademark protection.
I look at, in my lifetime, what America has attempted to justify and I wince. That justification, history proves, is difficult to sustain.
The Redskins' name, for many long-time Washington fans, suggests nothing more than a football team. Maybe it's a team they grew up cheering. Redskins to them is John Riggins, Art Monk and Billy Kilmer and has little to do with Native Americans.
But it has everything to do with Native Americans. They were here first. We came, we saw, we claimed the land and we treated the inhabitants as if they were trespassing.
Redskins needs to go. No matter how much money Washington owner Daniel Snyder spends on lawyers, it will.