The Peterson Principle: 8/25/14

San Dimas HC Bill Zernickow was fired up Friday night at the scrimmage

San Dimas HC Bill Zernickow was fired up Friday night at the scrimmage

So Tony Dungy and Phil Simms refuse to use the word Redskins when referring to the franchise this year because they feel it is offensive. Now does this apply to all causes? What if announcers are opposed to the gay life style? Do they refuse to mention the name Michael Sam when working St. Louis Ram games?

Do they say “that was a great play by number 96?” What if another is offended by players that have committed violence against women? Do they not mention Ray Rice’s name when announcing Baltimore Ravens contests? I can hear it now. “Number 27 for the Ravens has rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns!”

This can go on and on. An announcer doesn’t like Mormons? It’s a simple fix. Just allow him to not work any BYU games. Does Notre Dame get the silent treatment when an announcer is offended by Catholicism?

And it’s not just football. Can you imagine a horse racing announcer that is offended by a particular horse’s name. “And down the stretch they come! The brown horse with the jockey dressed in red is making a move on the outside! And the brown horse wins by a nose! Yeah, the brown horse with the jockey dressed in red!”

By not using the name Redskins Dungy and Simms are not doing their jobs. The team’s name, like it or not, is Redskins. When referring to that said team you refer to them by their nickname. And if you can’t do that then you should move on to another job. It has nothing to do with the name Redskins being offensive or not. It has everything to do with Simms and Dungy doing the job that they are being paid to do. And if they refuse to do the job then CBS and NBC respectively should relieve them of their duties.

I expected Sam Bradford to go down at some point in the season. I just didn’t expect it to be in August- and not for the year. At least he got injured before the Fantasy draft. Now nobody will get stuck with him.

Breaking news! The 49ers finally scored a touchdown. However it was with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback.

I’m not used to seeing San Dimas HC Bill Zernickow that fired up. Maybe it’s because he’s usually up in the crow’s nest. Friday night in a scrimmage against Diamond Ranch he was on the sideline and he was screaming at the defense, hollering at the offense and pumping up the players every chance he got. Every big play was met with a shout, a fist pump, or animated gesture. Maybe he should work the sideline more often.

It all gets under way this week with some huge games on the docket. Arroyo at San Marino, Baldwin Park at El Monte, Bonita at Schurr and Burbank at Ayala are just a few of several games that we need to keep an eye on. What’s the blockbuster of the week? That would be Monrovia traveling to the aforementioned San Dimas to take on the Saints. Who wins? It’s tough to say. It might depend on where Zernickow is.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached by e mail at or on Twitter @tspeterson40

9 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 8/25/14"

  1. JelloPuddinPop's Gravatar JelloPuddinPop
    August 28, 2014 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to more post’s by Oso Viejo!. Maybe even see him at a game or two?

  2. pete's Gravatar pete
    August 26, 2014 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Old Bear,
    I hope you’re kidding… We still live in what is the greatest country in the world because of our freedoms. This includes the freedom to call your team what you want. If people don’t like it, they shouldn’t support it by watching games or buying merchandise. That’s the free market-that’s America. I cringe when someone starts a sentence with “they should make a law to…” Or something along the lines of modernization by forcing a private entity to change something because some get offended. That’s not freedom. I think, as a society, we’ve become so sissified-if that’s even a word. Case in point, I thought NFL and Espn shouldn’t have shown the gay football player from the Rams kiss his girl/boyfriend on live tv. That really annoyed me that there was no disclosure, so I could make the choice and turn the channel. So, I don’t watch NFL altogether. If that’s the direction they’re going, I’ll stick to college and high school ball-much better to watch in my opinion.

  3. Bobby Knight's Gravatar Bobby Knight
    August 26, 2014 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    @OSO: This idea is not entirely fleshed out so chill bloggers. Why do we need mascots at all? Why can’t the Apache’s be just Arcadia or the Chiefs, Santa Fe Springs. I still don’t know where Servite, Alemany, Crespi, Damiem are located. Same with Damien, Mark Keppel or any school named after some historical figure. It was a long time before i knew Bishop Amat was a few miles away. Before I started caring about high school ball I thought they were in the OC. If a sense of community is as important to football as many say then play for your hood. When you have teams from the same city, further identify yourselves geographically. Almost all city hoods have a separate identity. The bearcats become La Verne,(I thought Bonita was in Claremont for a bit) the Devils just Pomona, Ganesha of Pomona, like the Angels of L.A would take care of that but that may be a bad analogy. La Verne vs. San Dimas, now thats’s a Smudgepot rivalry. We all call Monrovia, Monrovia, not whatever their mascot is. Honestly I don’t know what it is.

  4. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    August 26, 2014 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    O. Viejo: Nicely done! I hope I didn’t offend anyone with these words.

  5. buhbuh's Gravatar buhbuh
    August 26, 2014 - 2:16 am | Permalink

    Not saying the name redskins does not take anything from them doing there job. Example, ” rg3 had a great game for Washington today threw for 350 rushed for 75 more. Washington is host to the Panthers next week.” Job done no slur used.

  6. Oso Viejo's Gravatar Oso Viejo
    August 25, 2014 - 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Really, when you look closely, most of the NFL team names could use some modernization.

    Lions, Panthers, Jaguars, Bengals– Predatory cats seem so violent. Think of the children.
    Buccaneers, Vikings, Raiders – Sailing around robbing, and pillaging? I don’t think so.
    Bears – Only if they were friendly, nice bears like Yogi and Smokey.
    Packers, Cowboys, Rams, Bronco – None of these names are PETA approved
    Saints – Too Catholic. Can’t imagine a buy in from the atheists.
    Falcons, Seahawks, Eagles – Birds of prey seem so violent. Think of the children. Again.
    Steelers – Naming a team after a THRIVING American industry would be more positive
    49’s – Reflecting modern SF would be an improvement. I like The Unicorns.
    Patriots – Too xenophobic. Needs something more multicultural . . . like The Rainbows
    Jets – Better to de-militarize and call ’em the Commercial Jets.
    Titans, Giants – Do we need mythical beings as heroes? I don’t think so.
    Chargers – Nice name but could be improved by aligning with renewable energy sources.
    Texans – Might be offensive to some Latinos still unhappy over the Treaty of Velasco.
    Chiefs, Redskins – Puhleeeze, I thought we agreed

    I think these are OK as they stand:

    Colts – Nice name. Little horsey’s are soo cute.
    Cardinals – Nice name, pretty bird
    Dolphins – Nice friendly name, like Flipper.
    Browns – Perfect name. Only a handful of folks outside Ohio even know who Paul Brown was.
    Bills – Another PC winner, vague, unoffensive and forgettable.
    From T. Peterson: Amen!

  7. Bobby Knight's Gravatar Bobby Knight
    August 25, 2014 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Wow Pete you save your biggest rant of the year for this issue? I respect your right to dissent but should not Sims and Dungy have that same right? In your opinion this opens the door to be biased against gays or religion. That is quite a leap. You have used your own bully pulpit small though it may be to loudly proclaim your opinion and that’s fine. I think the other side should have that same right. If not then you too should “move on to another job” as you said yourself. I side with the Lone Ranger in this controversy when he beat up all hombres that called his pal Tonto, “You dirty Redskin”.

  8. Mid Valley Maven's Gravatar Mid Valley Maven
    August 25, 2014 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I have heard that DR is a depleted, dispirited group in the wake of Layton’s departure, so whatever success Zernickow had against the Panthers must be taken in context, much as the milkshake debacle of a year ago needed to be understood as a squabble between the Payton group and coach Z. Regarding political Correctness, Simms and Dungy have no worries about job security, as all major corporations mouth support for this hogwash. The average Joe, however, views these guys as total suck-ups.

  9. Play ball's Gravatar Play ball
    August 25, 2014 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Monrovia vs. Cescenta Valley Scrimmage 8 22 14:
    From T. Peterson: Thanks. Posted.

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