In what seems like the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch never written, Sarah Palin has leaped to the support of Mike Ditka in a battle against the forces of darkness threatening to strip the Washington Redskins of their team name.

Now, you're probably sick of hearing about the Redskins name battle, and we get that. So we'll give you two choices regarding this article. The "Too Long; Didn't Read" version is this: Sarah Palin and Mike Ditka like the Redskins name the way it is. There you go. You can bail out right now if you want, no hard feelings.

Still with us? Cool. Let's roll. The way Palin inserted herself into the Redskins controversy was a classic example of how the political media whips up a non-issue into a frothing partisan-tinged fight, then reacts with feigned horror and disgust to that exact fight that it just created. Here, let's walk through it, via The Washington Post. First, Ditka spoke out in support of the Redskins name in an interview with

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Proudskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is."

He went on from there, but you get the idea. Ditka was reacting to the recent decision by Tony Dungy and Phil Simms to stop using the word "Redskins" in their commentary. Some might say that when people who actually played the game of football, and won Super Bowls while doing so, are taking a new stand against an old belief, it might be time to re-evaluate your own position, but hey, Ditka is allowed to believe whatever he wishes to believe.