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Lone Star Dietz Dissed Again, This Time by Boston Globe

CARLISLE, Pa. - Jan. 3, 2014 - PRLog -- Ninety-eight years ago, Lone Star Dietz was toasted by football fans across the country after his Washington State team defeated Brown University on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. This great victory in an historic game not only established the Rose Bowl and all the others that followed but put long inferior West Coast football on an even footing with the East Coast powers. In recent years, activists bent on changing the Redskins’ name have found it convenient to assassinate Dietz’s character. Many thought Lone Star’s long awaited and much deserved 2012 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame would dampen this disrespectful treatment.

Instead, attacks appear to have intensified based on the opinion piece—the article is so riddled with errors and half truths it can’t be considered news—by The Boston Globe staff writer Kevin Paul Dupont for the December 29 edition.

To some extent, Lone Star is collateral damage because George Preston Marshall is the primary target. However, they apparently think it’s necessary to smear Dietz in order to get Marshall. Their strategy has been, and still is, to destroy Marshall’s claim that the team was named in honor of its coach and (four) players who followed Dietz from the government Indian school at Lawrence, Kansas to Beantown. Simply put: assassinate Dietz’s character, eliminate Marshall’s premise, and forget the Indian players.

This latest assault takes a different tack from earlier ones by contending that it was less expensive for Marshall to change the team’s moniker to Redskins than to some other non-Indian-related name. Central to Dupont’s argument is that Marshall was sitting on a pile of perfectly good uniforms and saved the cost of buying new ones by continuing to use them. The major problem with this, apparently unresearched, argument is that Marshall actually bought a whole new set of jerseys for his 1933 team!

A familiar strategy Dupont employed was to misrepresent the outcome of Dietz’s draft evasion trial held in the hysteria immediately following the end of WWI. That he had the location off by two states suggests that he didn’t read the transcripts or newspaper accounts of the most sensational trial of its day. The fact that the jury hung at eight to four in Dietz’s favor was conveniently left out of his article. The preceding are just two of the flaws found in The Globe article.

Tom Benjey, author of Keep A-goin’: the life of Lone Star Dietz and Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs: Jim Thorpe & Pop Warner's Carlisle Indian School football immortals tackle socialites, bootleggers, students, moguls, prejudice, the government, ghouls, tooth decay and rum is more than willing to address The Boston Globe article on a point-by-point basis, if necessary to get the truth out about this latest injustice to Lone Star Dietz.

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