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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:11 pm

For the most part, I try to keep my political opinions to myself.

But when our nation’s political leaders stick their unwanted noses into the sports world, where they have no business in the first place … well, let’s just say my feathers get a little ruffled.

This whole nickname business with the Washington Redskins is getting blown way out of proportion. For those who haven’t been following the story, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office revoked the NFL team’s trademark registration on Wednesday. The team has had its nickname dating back to 1933, when it played in Boston before relocating to Washington in 1937.

The ruling likely limits the Redskins’ ability to pursue legal action against those who use the name and logo on merchandise. It’s just another step closer to forcing the team to change its nickname, which a small portion of Native Americans (and some in Congress, including the president) feel is offensive.

Some national media are already lining up to support the ruling. I saw over the weekend where the Seattle Times has banned the use of the Redskin name in its paper, much to the dismay of many of its readers on the newspaper’s website.

Look, I have Irish heritage on both sides of my family, but you don’t see me holding signs outside Notre Dame Stadium protesting the Fighting Irish. Come to think of it, I don’t see any leprechauns doing it either.

Notre Dame hasn’t done it … yet … but some colleges, universities and high schools around the nation have caved in to the politically correct in recent years.

Syracuse is no longer the Orangemen. It’s simply Orange now.

Hey wait a minute, who consulted the orange growers in Florida about this?

St. John’s ditched the Redmen moniker and transformed into … a Red Storm.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen one.

Closer to home, West Georgia switched from Braves to Wolves.

Where do animal rights’ activists stand on that one?

How much longer before the politically correct make their move locally on high schools in Alabama, such as the Cherokee County Warriors? With this precedent being set by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the sky’s limit.

Doesn’t our leadership in Washington have more pressing issues like border control, our national debt, Iraq, Afghanistan, our veterans to debate instead of arguing on the Senate floor what a team chooses as a nickname? Trivial issues like the nickname debate is not what we put them in office for.

How far does our government want to take this? If you think long and hard about it, everything in this world is offensive to someone. Does that mean we have to change every single little thing about our lives to appease those who are offended?

Does that mean team nicknames will soon disappear altogether? In the world we live in today, that’s certainly in the realm of possibility now.

Come on. Really? This is just plain silly.

For the record, I hope Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder stands firm and keeps the nickname of the franchise. The Redskins have said they will fight the ruling. They did so in a similar case in 1992, and won.

Hail to The Redskins! Hail Victory!

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Speaking of a Warrior, Coty Blanchard is fitting in nicely with his new Minor League Baseball team, the Class A Hudson Valley Renegades, in Fishkill, NY.

Through Sunday, the second baseman is tied for the team lead in batting average (.357 with a minimum 10 at-bats). Blanchard has a pair of doubles, a pair of walks, six stolen bases, three runs and a RBI for the Renegades (6-4), who are currently in second place in the New York-Penn League McNamara Division. They trail the Brooklyn Cyclones (8-2) by two games. Brooklyn swept Hudson Valley in a three-game series June 17-19.

Hudson Valley played its fifth one-run game on Sunday, a 4-3 victory over Staten Island in 11 innings. It was the fifth one-run game the Renegades have played this season. They’re 4-1 in those games.

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The Cedar Bluff Lady Tiger softball team will host a summer softball clinic on June 30 at the Cedar Bluff Softball Field from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The camp is for children in grades 1-6. The cost is $20, which includes meal and t-shirt. Money is due the day of the clinic.

The clinic focuses on the fundamentals of softball, including fielding, base running, hitting and bunting.

For more information, email Cedar Bluff softball coach Mandy Walker at mwalker@cherokeek12.org by Friday.

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