Racism Or Nah? NY Giants Schedule Has It Both Ways

The Giants appeared to have ditched naming Washington's football team by their mascot, but that's not really the case

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Apr 15, 2016 at 11:10 AM ET

The 2016 NFL schedule is here! The 2016 NFL schedule is here! What a glorious, eagerly awaited day for kids sitting by their computers and handheld mobile devices, waiting for their favorite football team to tweet out the brand-spanking new slate of games. Actually, the only people who care are people who produce sports content on the internet.

Still, the New York Giants joined in on the fun, and… Hang on. Take a look at Week 3.

That’s right, the Giants will be facing the Washington Nickname Derived From an Actual Ethnic Slur About Genocide. Seems odd that they’d be the only opponent referred to by their city of origin. I wonder why the Giants would deviate from their house style?

Deadspin reached out to the Giants’ Senior Vice President, Pat Hanlon, and, amazingly, they got a response.

“We have different formats of schedule and use ‘Washington’ and ‘Redskins’ interchangeably,” Hanlon wrote. “Will send the Redskins version separately.”

Hanlon added that Washington is the only team in the league for which the Giants have decided to print up two different schedules. When asked why there’s more than one designation, he simply said, “We use both names for Washington.”

Uh-huh. Well, that’s all well and good. It seems that the Giants, like their ex-QB Phil Simms, an ever-growing list of broadcasters and journalists, politicians on both sides of the aisle, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and, of course, the vast majority of American Indians, have come around to the realization that this ridiculous, offensive dreck needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. However, the Giants don’t quite have the institutional cojones to come out and say it outright.

Perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope to be found here. Yes, Washington football team owner Daniel Snyder will continue to send a phalanx of attorneys to fight tooth and nail to maintain the team’s trademark protections and insist, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER—you can use caps,” but maybe the Giants have figured out that if the rest of the world slowly but surely declines to use the Washington football team mascot name, then it doesn’t matter how bitterly Snyder and all the revanchist cosplayers cling to the past. It’s a long-term play, to be sure, and does little to address the current grievances of American Indians, but eventually, Snyder et al. will be surrounded.

Vocativ reached out to the Giants to see if they do, in fact, consider the Washington football team’s mascot name to be a slur, but they did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.