Ed Hardin: PC sportswriter of the moment

If he didn’t already have it, the N&R’s Ed Hardin officially earned his politically correct sportswriters card with yesterday’s column on the Panthers’ victory over the Redskins:

Carolina might be the best team in the NFL, but you couldn’t really tell Sunday because Washington might be the worst team in the NFL.

….The holiday celebration broke out early in the stands, where a huge crowd came to watch a clinic. It was over by halftime when Newton had 167 yards and four touchdown passes, throwing darts into the end zones and ignoring the fool in burgundy and gold holding a sign proclaiming this to be “(Racial slur) Country.”

Side note —Panthers and Cowboys will square on Thanksgiving Day in the ‘best color rush sets yet.’

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

Reader Comments

  • Kirk C

    It is sad a respectable sports writer gets on his liberal high horse about a team name. But then, sports writers do that now, don’t they? Sports, once the last bastion for people of the absence of politics into something enjoyable, it is no more. It has been ruined by the sanctimonious blowhards who feel the need to make themselves feel socially relevant and that they are not just covering grown men playing a game.

    Oh, and this IS Redskins County. They were the Carolina’s team years before the Panthers came around and that was evident by the number of ‘Skins fans in the stands. I would have gone but I despise the downtown stadium and Cam Newton.

  • Well said Kirk. Rush Limbaugh echoes the same theme when talking about PC sportswriters—-sports used to be a refuge —an escape—but no longer. Also says a lot about the journalism profession when liberalism reaches all the way down to the sports desk….

  • Richard Yarbrough

    I remember in high school (a long time ago)marching with the band in RFK Stadium, proudly playing “Hail to the Redskins.” Anyone remember Sonny Jergensen? Yes, Elizabeth. This IS Redskins Country.

  • I remember Sonny Jurgensen—–and Billy Kilmer….and Larry Brown and Charley Taylor and Chris Hanburger….I’m aging myself, Richard….

  • Kelly

    I’m surprised they were able to lure Ed Hardin in from trespassing and fishing on his neighbor’s pond long enough to actually write an article. The News and Discord has become about the worst substitute for a newspaper ever.

  • Glenn Jordan

    I’m all with you guys on the PC sports reporting. Redskins is not an insulting nickname. Native Americans got screwed in the end, but many of them put up a hell of fight before going down. That’s the spirit remembered in all the team nicknames.

    I subscribe to Sirrius/XM and couldn’t stand tuning in into any of the sports stations for a few days after the U of Missouri dust up. To hear those guys you would have thought the administration allowed nightly Klan rallies in the quad. When you jump into politics there are always at least two sides to every story, but if you try to bring the other side to a sports show, you’ll make your last appearance doing so.

    As far as NC being ‘Skins country, I’m afraid you guys are now foreigners living in the land of Cam and the New Fun Bunch. (Had to appropriate an old Skins’s term) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUbOWj09mt0