USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones says that even though the Cowboys had a surprisingly impressive 2016 season, there’s plenty of tough competition in the NFC East that could steal the division title in 2017.

Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington NFL team, offered a succinct reaction to a Supreme Court ruling Monday — and he put it in caps.

“I am THRILLED!” Snyder said, according to an email from the team’s public relations department. “Hail to the Redskins.”

His team registered an important victory when the Supreme Court ruled, on free-speech grounds, that federal trademark registrations may be granted even in most cases where they are considered derogatory. The high court’s unanimous ruling is a blow to the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act, linchpin of the case by which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team’s federal trademark registrations for “Redskins” in 2014.



Amanda Blackhorse, one of five Native Americans petitioners who brought the case, said she was disappointed by the high court ruling and by Snyder’s upper-case reaction.

“Now they have the freedom to register a racist name,” Blackhorse told USA TODAY Sports. “I don’t see what’s thrilling about that.”

The case, which was decided 8-0, concerned an Asian American dance rock band called The Slants. The team filed an amicus brief in that case. The team’s case is in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., where it has been on hold pending the Supreme Court’s decision in the Slants case.

“The Team is thrilled with today’s unanimous decision as it resolves the Redskins’ long-standing dispute with the government,” said team attorney Lisa Blatt in a statement emailed by the team. “The Supreme Court vindicated the Team’s position that the First Amendment blocks the…