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Those making the case that it's high time the Washington Redskins changed their name got a boost Wednesday from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which decided to cancel half a dozen federal trademark registrations owned by the NFL team.

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Responding to a plea from members of Congress to change the Washington Redskins' bigoted name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote, "The name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."

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If you are a football fan and are appalled by what happened Sunday and want to find someone to blame, look in the mirror. It is the fans -- in the stands and in front of their television sets -- who have made football our national sport. Risk and injury are not just a part of the game, they are at its heart.

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