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Washington Wizards' fand should honor Abe Pollin's convictions and shut up about name change

Written by Juan Cena on Thursday, November 26 2009 and posted in SWRT

No sooner had Washington Wizards' owner Abe Pollin passed on were that people were calling for the team's name to be changed back to the Washington Bullets. Sheesh, D.C., can we get some breathing room before silly stuff like this can start up?
A few years back Pollin was asked by a fan about the name change.

Delgardo Franklin – District Heights, MD: I'm a life-long Bullets/ Wizards Fan. What was the rationale, if any, for the team name change?

Abe Pollin: It has been awhile since I have been asked this question. Believe me when I say it was not an easy decision. I won a World Championship under the name Bullets. However, too often during the mid to late ‘90s, I would hear the word “bullets” associated with guns and violence instead of my basketball team. While the name was longstanding, I finally reached a point that I was simply tired of the association between the two. Then, my good friend, Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated in Israel. That was the final straw. It was time to change names. With regard to the name “Wizards,” we held a three-tiered contest to determine a new name. The name “Wizards” was selected by the fans and has adorned our uniforms since that time.



There is a huge difference between personal conviction and political correctness. Personal conviction is based on what the individual's own beliefs what of right and wrong are. Political correctness is more about groupthink as opposed to the individual's beliefs. It would seem that the affect of Rabin's murder on Pollin had more to do with the name change than the banalities of political correctness. Changing the name back from the Wizards to the Bullets may be reverse political correctness at best.

Old time Wizards'/Bullets' fans may not like the name change, but that's not who Ted Leonsis Pollin's probable successor as the Wizards' owner, should listen to. The name change was because of Pollin's personal convictions. Leonsis should honor those convictions and the reasons behind them.


(via Mr. Irrevelant, NBA.com)


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No sooner had Washington Wizards' owner Abe Pollin passed on were that people were calling for the team's name to be changed back to the Washington Bullets. Sheesh, D.C., can we get some breathing room before silly stuff like this can start up?
A few years back Pollin was asked by a fan about the name change.

Delgardo Franklin – District Heights, MD: I'm a life-long Bullets/ Wizards Fan. What was the rationale, if any, for the team name change?

Abe Pollin: It has been awhile since I have been asked this question. Believe me when I say it was not an easy decision. I won a World Championship under the name Bullets. However, too often during the mid to late ‘90s, I would hear the word “bullets” associated with guns and violence instead of my basketball team. While the name was longstanding, I finally reached a point that I was simply tired of the association between the two. Then, my good friend, Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated in Israel. That was the final straw. It was time to change names. With regard to the name “Wizards,” we held a three-tiered contest to determine a new name. The name “Wizards” was selected by the fans and has adorned our uniforms since that time.



There is a huge difference between personal conviction and political correctness. Personal conviction is based on what the individual's own beliefs what of right and wrong are. Political correctness is more about groupthink as opposed to the individual's beliefs. It would seem that the affect of Rabin's murder on Pollin had more to do with the name change than the banalities of political correctness. Changing the name back from the Wizards to the Bullets may be reverse political correctness at best.

Old time Wizards'/Bullets' fans may not like the name change, but that's not who Ted Leonsis Pollin's probable successor as the Wizards' owner, should listen to. The name change was because of Pollin's personal convictions. Leonsis should honor those convictions and the reasons behind them.


(via Mr. Irrevelant, NBA.com)



Posted originally: 2009-11-26 00:38:00
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