A commercial campaigning for a Redskins name change will air this evening during the NBA Finals Game 3 in the Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington markets. It’ll be an abbreviated version of the two-minute ad created by the National Congress of American Indians that first appeared online back in January.
— Meanwhile, the Redskins hired a K Street lobbying firm in late May to help the team with “discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and youth sports, activities of Original Americans’ Foundation.” They join veteran PR guy Lanny Davis in being undermined (at least hopefully for their sake) by dumb social media stunts by the front office.
— If you’re working with PR professionals, chances are you’re doing pointless focus groups. And indeed that’s what the Redskins are doing. GOP pollster Frank Luntz organized once such session for this past Sunday in which participants were asked to rate how well RGIII has been handled by the team, how favorably they regard team officials. They were also asked for one word to describe Dan Snyder. The public needs to know the answers they got.
Experience the thrill of watching Jordy Nelson hitting a home run in softball from the perspective of his Go-Pro helmet cam. Nelson also talked of his desire to strike another deal with the Packers to remain in Green Bay. If that doesn’t work out, it’s possible he could be the 400th NFL player taken with a joke pick in the late rounds by an MLB team.
— While training with the Portugese team at the Jets’ training complex, Cristiano Ronaldo was taught how to throw a football by receiver David Nelson. That doesn’t seem anywhere nearly as useful as the pussytubing lessons he could have gotten from Rex Ryan.
— Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler has bulked up in the off-season. See for yourself!
— After Cam Newton lost out to Richard Sherman in the vote for the cover of this year’s Madden, a local news station in Charlotte tracked down the former Panthers player who appeared anonymously on the cover of the ’96 game. The player’s name is Cary Brabham and he didn’t even end up making the final roster of the team in 1995. Nevertheless, sir, a photo of him making a tackle in a preseason game lives on for the ages – at least for those really interested in video game trivia.
— DeSean Jackson is accusing DeMaurice Smith of having a cozy relationship with Drew Rosenhaus and refusing to regulate the agent’s alleged violations of union rules. The kind of people who are fiercely anti-union aren’t the sort to typically cheer on DeSean Jackson, so this should make for some entertaining alliances.
— A new theory posits that some male faces evolved to be able to better take a punch. I propose immediate testing to be conducted on Phil Simms.