July 13, 2020

The Washington Redskins announce, "Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."

They say they'll be doing a “thorough review” and the review has “begun in earnest.” But they've already decided they're retiring the name, so what's left to thoroughly review?

I'm reading "Washington’s NFL team is retiring the Redskins name; new name to come later" (WaPo).

It can't be that the review will somehow get them to the new name. A review looks at what already exists, and it's not as if there's a truer, better name buried in the past, awaiting discovery.

Anyway, I'm glad we don't have to argue about this anymore. I've heard the same arguments for so long. Maybe if they'd held out a little longer, the whole era of American football would have reached its natural ending. Between coronavirus and brain damage, it seems to be on its last legs.

I don't care what the new name is. I heard "Warriors" was in the offing, but it seems too evocative of Native Americans to escape a new attack. Here at Wisconsin, we just use "W" for our logo, so Washington could just skip the "Warrior" step and go with the letter, since it's the first letter in Washington. But I've got to say that I care so very little it's a wonder I've typed this far.

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Michael K said...

"Washington Lobbyists" has a nice ring to it.

stlcdr said...

Erasing any reference to Native Americans one politically correct day at a time.

Lance said...

so what's left to thoroughly review?

All the work needed to replace the name, trademark, logo, etc. once a replacement has been chosen.

The Godfather said...

I still favor changing the logo to a potato and sticking with “Redskins”, but I guess that boat has sailed.

Crimso said...

I'm surprised they haven't deemed the "Washington" part of the name problematic as well.

Fernandinande said...

new name to come later"

"To Come Later" is a pretty good name.

Gk1 said...

I think they should rebrand themselves as the "Washington Trannys" with their logo being a homely man wearing a wig, lipstick and a huge adam's apple.

Fernandinande said...

I care so very little

I don't want to know which game they play.

madAsHell said...

We really need to drop the name Washington from the District of Columbia. Cuz Washington owned slaves.

Yikes!! District of Columbia is racist as well. Columbia comes from Columbus, and he wore white tights. Maybe we can just call it DeeCee?.....like my cousin.

CWJ said...

Chiefs are next. Redskins are only the first scalp. SJW's are never satisfied.

PM said...

Now they just have to get rid of Washington.



Kai Akker said...

Think of all the Native American fans who avoided "Re*Sk*ns" games before, who will now buy season tickets. A marketing coup!

PS The bear market in professional sports is picking up speed.

Yancey Ward said...

Washington Scumbags is available. So is Washington Grifters.

Matthew Heintz said...

The only appropriate name for the Washington NFL team is the "Washington Slave Owners"!

Heartless Aztec said...

They should rename themselves as the "7th Calvary".

rcocean said...

Ha. Well, glad Althouse overcame her ennui and finished the post. In the big scheme of things this is minor league, but it just shows WHO controls society. This was NOT done because native Americans cared about it, or were offended. It was done because the Left-wing censors in the media and Rich people in Corporate America wanted the name changed.

They will now do a little victory dance, and go on to their next victim. They are squeezing the freedom out of the USA. Does anyone care? BTW, this will be the end of it, you're being never naive.

henge2243 said...

Although, according to the loaded-diaper tantrum babies, both the Washington and D.C. (with it's reference to Columbus) are problematic. So, the first step should be to rename the city. I propose Swampy McShithole. Only then can the team be renamed.

Mr Wibble said...

but it seems too evocative of Native Americans to escape a new attack.

Nah, just use the image of a Crusader smashing in a Saracen's head.

Personally, I think that they should go with the Washington Marionberries.

DAN said...

Funny last line. Any day now, that'll be the auto fill-in on my phone.

Francisco D said...

But I've got to say that I care so very little it's a wonder I've typed this far.

We are on the same page, Althouse.

richlb said...

The team has been so bad for so long I imagine the embarrassment over the name goes the other way now.

But seriously, I said last time this issue came up that Dan Snyder could rejuvenate a once-proud franchise with a fresh name. Think of all the new merchandise they could sell.

Unknown said...

Marxist Marauders sounds like a good candidate.

Tommy Duncan said...

The Washington BLM. OK, what's the next issue to decide?

PJ said...

Please have a naming contest.

mezzrow said...

The cruel secret for the NFL is that I don't care either, and you're talking to a former season ticket holder.

1. They shot themselves in the foot by making NFL GameDay on your TV a better gameday experience than going to the game.
2. The latest collapse to woke insanity will slough off thousands. Find me a Redskins fan not named Snyder that doesn't hate Dan Snyder.
3. So may people found a way to live without their sports. Substitution will stick for many.

They're in trouble, they know it, and they're doubling down on the decisions that got them to this point. LA and Vegas will see the last of the megastadiums. In 20 years, going to the game may be like going to the mall.

wendybar said...

DC Deep Staters.

Tank said...

Washington Whiteboys has a nice alliteration to it.

Also a certain irony.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

If they don’t become the Fighting Whiteys I might just riot.

CJinPA said...

The name "Washington" is also targeted for canceling. "Columbia" (as in "District of...") is likely linked to "Columbus," so you have a cancellation trifecta.

Let's hear it for your Capital Footballers!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

New name.....Some Ethnically Diverse People Playing Football the SEDPPFs

Gordy said...

The Footy McFootBalls

todd galle said...

Since everything is offensive to those easily offended, I offer the following solution. Each professional football team should have a capital letter for their name, drawn from a hat during the next draft. So it would be The Washington 'H's or the New York 'B's. When the supply of teams exceeds the alphabet, there should be a double capital, so Seattle 'AQ's. For baseball use numbers, such as Philadelphia '3's and so forth. For hockey, use symbols, so we'd see the Detroit '@'s or Pittsburgh '%'s. I do not care for basketball, so they could use emojies. Problem solved.

D.D. Driver said...

I'd love if they went with the Dukes (for Duke Ellington). I like teams that pay honors the local culture (Packers, Brewers, Badgers, etc.). The Dukes would fit the bill.

But, I'm pretty sure that they will be the Redtails because they can just Control+F the rebrand and because Dan Snyder lacks imagination.

James Graham said...

I stopped watching NFL when the half-white kneeler wasn't fired.

I may watch the Super Bowl but--trust me--you can live w/o weekly pro football.

TelfordWork said...

Swamp Things.

MountainMan said...

A couple of weeks ago I took a look at all the mascots for all the Native American high schools across the US - and there are many - to see what names they use. There were two, I think, that use Redskins. Other common names were Braves, Indians, Chiefs, and Warriors. Animal mascots tended to be Eagles, Hawks, and Mustangs.

I live closest to the Eastern Band of Cherokees in Cherokee, NC, and usually visit there 2-3 times a year as it is on southern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains NP. Their high school team is the Cherokee Braves.

Florida State has an arrangement with the Seminole Nation in FL to legally use their name and imagery in their athletic programs.

wild chicken said...

I thought they'd come up with a new name to announce today? Looks like they can't agree. Probably a big fight behind the scene. LOL

BTW Missoula changed the name of its farm team from the Osprey to - the Paddleheads! Isn't that just ducky?

See, it CAN be done!

Browndog said...

I read this morning that the Redskins have picked a new name, but they cannot announce it yet due to a "copywrite dispute".

Breezy said...

They should just shorten it to Washington Skins and play shirtless... that should help offset this crazy time audience blight.

Achilles said...

The NFL is dead to me.

Fuck them all.

The left will now the NFL's skin in triumph.

Just another reason they are incompatible with a free society.

NCMoss said...

I hope the self-loathing ends soon. Next they'll be after The "Hail Mary" pass.

Scott Gustafson said...

Surprised that they haven't gone after the Cleveland Browns.

Todd said...

Well when all of this "wokeness" finally kills of the audiences for all professional sports, it will be converted to 100% tax subsidized directly from the Government.

Don't laugh. Once the viewership tanks and the sponsors dry up, all of those fat contracts that these POC (players of color) have are about to get cancelled, BLM and their friends will step in and point out as most of the players are black, cancelling it will be racist and so Government subsidies.

After that when viewership does not come back, it will be required to be on every TV in every Government building as well as prisons (if there are any left) and airports (sorry CNN) in order to keep the Nelsons up.

Clyde said...

Via Facebook: The team should be renamed the Possums, because they play dead at home and get killed on the road. 😂

I'm Full of Soup said...

Rush just said "Panic demic" which I may have coined here on Althouse. I am glad to share with Rush.

Bob Boyd said...

How about the Hoop Snakes? The Washington Hoop Snakes.
It makes sense because they play Hoop and Washington is the world's largest ball of snakes.

For now I guess they're the Washington Whatchamacallits.

Sebastian said...

"it seems to be on its last legs"

Right after Patrick Mahomes collects his $500M.

But yes, we are all Althouses now.

Lucien said...

Has PETA complained about naming a team after meat packers yet?

PuertoRicoSpaceport.com said...

This renaming and relogoing stuff is hard.

Ford Motor Co for example, spent more than 2 years in the 50s trying to come up with a name for a new car brand. I think there were over 1,000 candidates.

The one they picked? The CEO's father's name:

Edsel.

Edsel Ford was actually a pretty good quy. Shame on Hank the deuce for making him a laughingstock.

GE went through something similar in the 70s. For decades their logo had been a circle with 4 thingies with balls and GE inside.

After more than a million dollars and several years, the new logo was identical except that they removed the balls from the thingies.

A few years later they quietly added them back.

I like Godfather's idea of the potato.

I really care not at all about football. Neither do most Americans.

John Henry

jaydub said...

The NFL has announced the first game of the season will be preceded by the "Black national anthem." About 20 of my friends and I plan to tune in, take a knee and then tune out the NFL for the rest of the season. Join us!

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Onward to the next outrage.

Hey, aren’t the Packers named after a bunch of white, racist butchers?

PuertoRicoSpaceport.com said...

I once read an article about redskins season tickets and how hard they were to get.

Up through the 80s, it was basically impossible. There was not even a waitlist. Season tickets were fought over in divorce courts.

In the 90's, You could get on a waitlist but it would take 5-10 years to work your way to the top.

In the oughties the wait was 6 months to a year.

At the time of the article, perhaps 2015? the waiting time was about 45 seconds that it took to process your credit card.

John Henry

stevew said...

My Patriots are under attack as well for having an insensitive name & mascot. It references those evil white supremacy goons that pushed out and killed the native American tribes here. Also, the team is owned by a Jew, which continues to be double ungood, and especially this one that is a friend of Trump.

The NE is too vague. The New England Downy Woodpeckers?

Butkus51 said...

Washington Elite

Bob Boyd said...

A Hoop Snake in action.

Original Mike said...

How about "The Team Formerly Known As The Redskins"?

"You're still the Redskins!"
"No we're not! Can't you read?"

They can't use the Motion W. Barry Alvarez copyrighted that (he'd probably sell it to them).

Original Mike said...

"Wimps" starts with W. So does "Wusses".

Doug said...

Ah, think of all those Sunday 1 p.m. tee times that I will now be able to book.

The NFL and the NBA are narrowing their viewer demographics to 12% of the population. This is white people telling (lowercase b)lack athletes: "You were enjoyable for quite a while, but we no longer find you entertaining. The squeeze is not worth the juice".

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

I keep telling people, they should just replace the picture of the Indian with a picture of a potato. That way the could keep the name! It's a win-win!

PuertoRicoSpaceport.com said...

Blogger Browndog said...

I read this morning that the Redskins have picked a new name, but they cannot announce it yet due to a "copywrite dispute".

Is this like those chuckleheads at the (white) band Lady Antebellum who tried to appropriate another (Black) musician's professional name "Lady A"?

They just decided to change their name to Lady A without even spending 20 seconds to do a duck duck go search.

The real Lady A seems like she is not going down without a fight. She is demanding $10mm from the fraudsters.

I wonder if the Redskins picked a new name without checking if someone else was using it? If it is a copyright dispute that is what it sounds like.

John Henry

Doug said...

Gordy at 11:43 wins the thread.

Tommy Duncan said...

BTW, one of the best names is already taken.

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a team in the Northwoods Baseball League.

todd galle said...

Upon reflection, my proposal is problematic and must be withdrawn. The illiterate and innumerate would be offended. So we're down to just emojies.

Doug said...

Jaydub, I like the idea, but instead of taking a knee, how about dropping trou and mooning the (lowercase b)lack national anthem?

todd galle said...

Bushman,
No, I believe the Packers are named for the heroic Stonewall Rioters from 1960s New York, although I may be mistaken.

Owen said...

Washington CYA’s would work well.

Or maybe the DC Cravens.

whitney said...

What about Washington? Named after a dead white racist ( I know, I know, white racist is redundant).

Bay Area Guy said...

New Name: Washington Hot Epidermis Guys

Bay Area Guy said...

I actually do love football. College and High School over the NFL.

But.

I so despise what the Leftist woke warriors are doing to football, that, Yes, I will take a knee this year.

Is it too late in life to learn Hockey?

MikeR said...

I'd suggest Whiteskins.

ndspinelli said...

The PC police arrested the Marquette Warriors years ago. They are now the Golden Eagles.

Bob Boyd said...

Wait, they don't play Hoop? Oh darn. There goes the perfect name.
What do they play? Football? Maybe they should reconsider that too...I mean, while they're making big changes...

Birkel said...

If this revolution doesn't end with all black, native, asian, and brown people removed from advertisements...
It will have failed.

Racist Democratics celebrate.

wendybar said...

The left is going to disappear everything that Americans love. Why anybody would still identify as a Progressive makes me wonder why they hate themselves so much, that they want to be ruled by the elites that hate you????

Todd said...

jaydub said...

The NFL has announced the first game of the season will be preceded by the "Black national anthem."

7/13/20, 11:58 AM


?

Is that that song from Lion King?

traditionalguy said...

COMMANCHE EMPIRE Supremacy. It’s back.

Meade said...

Washington Thinskins.

wholelottasplainin' said...

The Washington Wankers?

Dan from Madison said...

"Between coronavirus and brain damage, it seems to be on its last legs." Maybe temporarily. However, this statement gives me the sense that you may have absolutely no idea how much money is involved with this sport and how incredibly popular it is across the USA.

Wince said...

How about the "Washington Unintended Consequences"?

YoungHegelian said...

Since turnabout is fair play, I'd be okay with the "Honkey Motherfuckers". It is at least descriptive of the ownership.

RNB said...

A copyright issue? Possibly they tried to appropriate the 'Wooshock' (or 'Wushock') without checking with Wichita State U. first.

Meade said...

Washington Trumpskins.

gspencer said...

Another Profile in Putty

Roger Sweeny said...

Gregg Easterbrook (author of Tuesday Morning Quarterback) refers to the New York Giants and New York Jets, who actually play in New Jersey, as Jersey A and Jersey B. The Jets are, of course, the B team.

JAORE said...

Ford Motor Co for example, spent more than 2 years in the 50s trying to come up with a name for a new car brand. I think there were over 1,000 candidates.

They didn't respond to my e-mail suggesting they produce the Ford Theater and the Lincoln Assassination.

The only rational (in light of today's madness) is to call the team the "Geographic area, Unspecified Team, to be named later".

gspencer said...

"Washington Grifters" has such an authentic ring to it

Meade said...

Rumpelstiltskins.

jaydub said...

"Is that that song from Lion King?"

I'm pretty sure it was the side B cut on a Milli Vanilli release.

Limited blogger said...

Call them the Wizards.

The Washington Bullets were renamed many years ago due to similar political correctness.

A city having multiple teams with the same mascot name is not unprecedented.

jaydub said...

Foreskins.

Meade said...

Washington Kneelers.

Bob Boyd said...

Washington Frogskins

I'm Full of Soup said...

Swamp Things

n.n said...

The only appropriate name for the Washington NFL team is the "Washington Slave Owners"!

The indigenous or native Americans?

Laslo Spatula said...

Brady, Brees, Rodgers: too many old white men playing QB.

Time for: Black Quarterbacks Matter.

It's coming.

I am Laslo.

Matt said...

Washington Mandarins.

Come to think of it, that may work better for their NBA team.

traditionalguy said...

Cheapest solution is still use the same name and Use 3 redskin potatoes as logo.

bagoh20 said...

Who do you think most likes the idea of removing any reference to minorities in advertising and logos? The few hundred White supremacists in the country must be laughing their asses off at these idiots. They could never get minorities scrubbed out of the culture like this on their own.

WhoKnew said...

You can't rename the Packers. There are still meat packing plants in GB but now they are staffed mainly by Mexican immigrants (legal and illegal). Changing the name would be racist.

n.n said...

Occidental Ouroboros

William said...

It's the kind of imbroglio that invites mockery. There's no smooth way of exiting and no facile way of sticking with the status quo. The Washington Imbroglios could celebrate their predicament. Post modern irony might be the way to go. On the plus side, diminished ticket scales will obviate the need for scalpers. Scalpers evoke so many unhappy memories.

bagoh20 said...

If there were no sports teams with minority mascots it would be proof of systemic racism. And there would be demands that teams create them.

wholelottasplainin' said...

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...
I keep telling people, they should just replace the picture of the Indian with a picture of a potato. That way the could keep the name! It's a win-win!
************

I meant to post a comment relating to redskins the other day, but don't think I did. But if I did, my apologies for repeating myself.

Afghans used to mock white Europeans, especially blondes and redheads, as "Mister Kooch Aloo", or Mister Potato Head, because they were so sunburned.

When I once called out to my ginger-haired traveling mate as Mister Kooch Aloo, the locals covered their mouths to hide their laughter and embarrassment.

Heh

AlbertAnonymous said...

How about the Washington Kneelers. Then they can all take a knee during the anthem.

Meade said...

Washington Dixie Chicks. I hear it’s available. What? You need “skins” at the end? Okay— the Washington D.C. Dixie Chickenskins.

bagoh20 said...

If naming a sports team after a group denigrates that group then we need the Washington Racists and we need them now. "The Deplorables" would sell a lot of merch.

MadisonMan said...

Clyde, I laughed.

n.n said...

Lobsters come in many different colors because of the pigment chromatophores in their shells. When they are cooked, all the pigments are masked except for astaxanthin, the red background pigment. The red pigment is the most stable component of the coloring in a lobster. The greens and browns which darken the shell in a live lobster are destroyed by the cooking process.
50 Shades of Red Lobsters

With a few adjustments to their logo, they could adopt Limey Lobsters as their mascot. Take a knee, Limey Lobsters.

MadisonMan said...

Anyway, I'm glad we don't have to argue about this anymore. I've heard the same arguments for so long.
So much arguing under Walker -- and it was all the Democrats yelling and screaming. They wear you down and you think "I'll just elect this Evers guy -- he's quiet -- and the left will stop screeching. What's the worst that could happen?"

And now we've had a similar 3+ years of Demo Tantrum-throwing over Trump. Just elect Biden and things will quiet down!

No.

DavidUW said...

Washington swamp rats.

n.n said...

Diversity Dervishes

Progressive Polemics

PackerBronco said...

Washington Red Inks

PackerBronco said...

Washington Red Inks

Not Sure said...

Given their ineptitude, why not call them the Washington Generals?

Goddess of the Classroom said...

The Washington Presidents

lgv said...

Washington Dog-Faced Pony Soldiers

Washington Monuments

DC ACs

Now that I think of it, getting rid of Washington and going to DC won't work either. What's the new name of Columbus, OH? Will they keep CMH for the airport call letters?

Bay Area Guy said...

Meade suggests: "Washington Thinskins"

How 'bout the Washington Foreskins? They could trade for DeSean Jackson.....

Cassandra said...

According to the Supreme Court decision last week, I find (much to my surprise, who but the court knew) that I was born on the Chickasaw Indian reservation.(By the way Liz Warren was not born on a reservation.) Since we should preserve our heritage, I suggest that Redskins become the Noble Savages. Barring that we should use something reflecting D.C. so let's try The Swampers.

BillieBob Thorton said...

The left got their scalp. On to the next victim. And there will be more. The left won't be satisfied until they have taken all the scalps. You may be next.

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

Washington Parasites.

But wait...isn't the "Washington" part now problematic?

And now there are calls to rename the Texas Rangers.

Mark said...

Here in the D.C. area, indigenous peoples (i.e. Native American groups) are OPPOSED to the change. Just as they have been opposed all along.

But the WHITE MAN says that all the native peoples must be cancelled and removed from our social consciousness.

Jim Gust said...

Football is fading out, first because of the kneeling and politics, but even more because of brain damage. The movie "Concussion" with Will Smith was an eye opener for me. I wanted to hate it, but turns out it was devastatingly convincing.

The brain damage begins the first time you block or tackle as a kid. It builds from there. No responsible parent should allow a child to play football any longer.

It's like the Roman circuses, but the players take longer to die. I can't watch that any more.

DarkHelmet said...

Clearly, the name should be:

The Dog-faced Pony Soldiers.

rhhardin said...

The Hekawi. Lovers, not fighters.

gadfly said...

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score—We want a lot more!
Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,
Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

The fight song goes bye-bye as well. Rumor has it that Red Wolves is the new name but Wilmington Conrad High School already did the Redskins to Red Wolves thingy.

But it may be time to update team names to the 21st century. How about the Washington Deceits?

Ken B said...

Possible names

Orangemanbads
Takeaknees
Ingnoretheuighurs
Theywannaputyallbackinchains

n.n said...

Just elect Biden and things will quiet down!

Take a... kneel, my "good" Americans... before the one you serve. You're going to get what you deserve. Head Like A Hole

That said, throw another baby on the barbie.

Mike said...

Washington Wokesters

Jim at said...

The first year they started the kneeling - 2016 while President Precious was still in office - it took a bit of effort to break a 40-year habit of watching the NFL.

But with each passing season, and each, stupid decision compounded upon the last stupid decision it's simply not even a remote interest anymore.

However, I will gladly piss on the NFL's grave when the time comes.

danoso said...

I guess it's been decided the best way to tackle the rampant unemployment and alcoholism of the native communities is to remove all vestiges of their culture from America. That'll make them feel good about themselves.

n.n said...

The left got their scalp. On to the next victim

Over 1600 each day in America alone. And without admitting privileges, with the scars of social justice, and a progressive PTSD, an undisclosed number of collateral damage on a forward-looking basis.

Meade said...

Washington Meadeskins. (Just because I’m such a good sport.)

WR said...

Building on the ducky theme, how about Redheads.

Daddy Binx said...

How about:
"The Team Formerly Known As The Washington Redskins"?

Their new logo can be an unpronounceable symbol whose meaning has not been identified.

Dr Weevil said...

Years ago, the female co-owners of a bookstore 2 blocks from the White House suggested renaming it after what was then (and may still be, for all I know) the favorite bar food of 20-something D.C. people: the Washington Potatoskins. As with one or two other suggestions above, they could keep the "Go 'skins!" cheer.

n.n said...

Washington Meadeskins

Sharing is s... caring.

Bruce Hayden said...

“I read this morning that the Redskins have picked a new name, but they cannot announce it yet due to a "copywrite dispute".”

I have a couple problems with this. Professionally, it’s going to be interesting to see what they are talking about. No doubt high cost soft IP (C/R+TM) attorneys are involved, earning their high fees. I can see TM issues, but C/R? Most of the obvious possibilities are simply not protected by copyright. The name? Too short. The logo? More likely TM. Etc.

Oh, and it is “copyright”, not “copywrite”. Copyright in this country is completely statutory, laid out in 17 USC (the “Copyright Act”).

Nonapod said...

A few years back Fox tried to turn Minority Report into a TV series. In near future the series was set in the DC football team was called "The Washington Red Clouds".

Lucien said...

KStreet Klan!

Static Ping said...

It can't be that the review will somehow get them to the new name. A review looks at what already exists, and it's not as if there's a truer, better name buried in the past, awaiting discovery.

Two things. First, it appears that someone sneaky went to the trouble of trademarking essentially every possible new name for the team, so now you need to break out of the lawyers. Second, there's literally no name that is not problematic at the moment, so good luck!

Actually, I don't really care anymore. The NFL no longer interests me. The XFL was fun while it lasted.

WR said...

If they don't like a duck as the logo, they could also go with the Redhead woodpecker.

mockturtle said...

That goose [you know--the one that laid the golden egg] is being cooked, one piece at a time and sports as we knew and enjoyed them are gone. Whence shall come our bread and circuses, then? The guillotine in the square? Sell hot dogs and sodas and bring the kiddies?

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Nonapod said...

I still favor changing the logo to a potato and sticking with “Redskins”, but I guess that boat has sailed.

I'd be fine with the Washington Potato Skins. Who doesn't like potato skins? Especially with cheese and baon

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

How about re-naming the team: Chi-Com ESPN Vote for Democratics warriors

Since everything is a campaign ad and a lecture.

madAsHell said...

Someone has suggested changing the logo to a Red Potato, and keeping the name.

Ken B said...

If you hadn’t mentioned the NFL I would have been uncertain which sport you meant. I think I’d have guessed football, but not with 100% confidence.

George Leroy Tirebiter said...

As already listed here, Deep Staters is great, as are the various swamp names (me like Swamp Lizards). Tho ultimately my vote goes to Washington Generals, in honor of the team The Harlem Globetrotters wipe the floor with.

Howard said...

The NFL keeps growing despite Kaperdink, concussion-gate and Redskin renaming. Roger Goodall doesn't need you monkeys to be successful.

Howard said...

I vote for Iroquois

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

lgv said, Washington Dog-Faced Pony Soldiers

OMG that was LOL and should be the last word. Better than the Fighting Whiteys.

n.n said...

Sickly Simps

Bowing Bovines

Judicious Jesters

Known Unknown said...

"Time for: Black Quarterbacks Matter.

It's coming.

I am Laslo."

The first black QB to win a Super Bowl played for ...

The Washington Redskins.

Susan said...

If using a name for a sports team is such an insult that it can't possibly be tolerated, I propose we name them the Trump Hitlers. That way we can show our collective disdain for the two worst enemies of humanity.

Skeptical Voter said...

Jason Gay over at the WSJ has already named them the "Washington Sadness Machine" ---shorten that up and it's Washington WSM.

The Drill SGT said...

Red Warriors

Known Unknown said...

"I vote for Iroquois"

Yes, the same Iroquois who populated lower Canada, upstate NY, Northern PA, and parts of New England?

Not the indigenous Nanticokes, Nanichokes, Piscataways, or Lenape Tribes?

Crack a book, Howie.

gilbar said...

stlcdr said...
Erasing any reference to Native Americans one politically correct day at a time.


yes! Like Land o Lakes did with their butter, the Washingtons should erase the circle in their logo, and put a big W, where the indian head used to be; leaving the stylish feathers, to show that they're fairies

Actually, it just hit me!
They should KEEP the logo just like it is; but do it in a monochrome Bronze
and change their name to the Copperheads

n.n said...

Stigmatized Epidermises

Original Mike said...

Trump should buy them and name them after himself.

gilbar said...

oops!
the copperheads used the penny (which, i knew), but; the penny doesn't have an indian head: that's the nickle (which, i also knew)

SO, they SHOULD change the logo; from the indian head, to miss liberty
AND change their name to The Copperheads

hstad said...

AA states, "...the whole era of American football would have reached its natural ending. Between coronavirus and brain damage, it seems to be on its last legs...?" Do you mean the "Redskins" name or do you mean the NFL League? If the latter, don't get your hopes up. According to a 2018 poll from Gallup (latest I could find) the "...NFL is still viewed favorably by 37% of American Spectator Fans..." Next is the "...NBA - 11% - MLB - 9%..." Given these numbers I don't see American Football going away. What about you AA?

MadTownGuy said...

Why not the Washington Apples? Apples are a big thing next door in VA. Never mind those pesky folks in WA State. Let 'em sue for trademark infringement if they like.

The Drill SGT said...

wholelottasplainin' said...
The Washington Wankers?


The District of Columbia has a shelf life ending with the next Dem POTUS and Congress.
Columbus, racist, genocidal, etc, etc

Washington might last another year or two, but racist, slaveholder, etc.etc

Apparently, the Iroquois call Major Washington (in the Brit Army at that time)

"Conotocaurius ( Town Destroyer) was a nickname given to George Washington by Iroquois Native Americans in 1753."

District Dicks?
District 'Skins?

Daddy Binx said...

Would the "Pandering Iconoclasts" be too self referential?

n.n said...

Iroquois who populated lower Canada, upstate NY, Northern PA, and parts of New England?

Not the indigenous Nanticokes, Nanichokes, Piscataways, or Lenape Tribes?


Diversity dogma dictates that we treat them as a monochromatic bloc. And indigenous Americans of European descent (e.g. Vikings), too. We can honor the Viking raiders, the Iroquois colonists, etc.

The Drill SGT said...

All Blacks and All Indians and All hispanics, and all xxx out of advertisements. Let there only be white people on boxes and tv ads, and mascots. Let them be male and christian, lest somebody be degraded or appropriated

all blacks out of tv and movies lest they play a character less than perfect.

segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever, isn't that a catchy slogan?


/sarc

Bruce Hayden said...

“ Two things. First, it appears that someone sneaky went to the trouble of trademarking essentially every possible new name for the team, so now you need to break out of the lawyers. Second, there's literally no name that is not problematic at the moment, so good luck! ”

Now that makes sense from an IP point of view. Given enough time, they could probably overcome the TM registration for their desired name. After all, the owner of the mark has likely put almost nothing into promoting the name. But they don’t have time, which means that they are going to have to buy the new name. And, given the pressure on the team, and their announcement that the name change was imminent, it isn’t going to be cheap. That is, of course, why the owner of the mark trademarked all those names in the first place.

Mr Wibble said...

Trump should buy them and name them after himself.

"Golden Scalpweasels"

Rick.T. said...

I need some rest
I'm tired
Sick and tired of sports blogging
I've had my fill of sports blogging
From below and above
Tired, tired of being admired
Tired of comments uninspired
Let's face it
I'm tired

tim maguire said...

And that's how the long battle over the name of the Washington football team ends--not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Howard said...

I did crack book. Book say pockets of Iroquois in Northern Virginia. No one ever heared of those tribalisms you mentioned, so go with the biggest bestest tribe that is close enough. Marketing my boy: truth is out of style

JMR said...

Is anyone else getting the message "We're sorry. That page could not be found." from Steve Sailer's blog? As of 2:18 PM CST I am unable to access his blog.

rehajm said...

TTBNL

Another old lawyer said...

How long can it take to clear the Washington Snyderettes?

Joe Smith said...

If the reports about CTE are true and not the usual media hype, then I'm not sure how the league can ethically continue for too many years longer. You can only do so much with helmet technology, and any drastic rule changes regarding tackling will make it a different sport.

For one thing, I can't imagine any responsible parent wanting their kid to play the sport at 10 or 11 since it has such a high rate of joint injuries, let alone the problematic brain damage.

Combine injuries with politics and I foresee a slow, steady decline in popularity. Not sure the name change will matter much if the league is dying.

Todd said...

Well those are a LOT of great ideas but don't go all half-assed with it. The team needs to REALLY commit to a new name that expresses the times we live in and what they are all doing PERFECTLY! They can have it for free! Ready?

The "Washington Cry Bullies"!

If that is not their cup-of-tea, then they should grab (before another team does): the "Washington Snow Flakes".

Todd Roberson said...

"Indiana" will need to be renamed.

Skippy Tisdale said...

Since the Basebal team is the Nationals and the hockey team is the Capitals I'm partial to renaming the Football team The Washington National Bebts.

walter said...

Red Herring

Go Fish!

NCMoss said...

It seems like it's about political correctness and cancel culture but maybe it ends up being just about money; worship stupid gods, win stupid prizes.

Michael K said...

Roger Goodall doesn't need you monkeys to be successful.

Good. It will be interesting to watch. Not the games, of course. You lefties always hated football because of the "aggression" and too manly and all that. Head injuries and all the rough stuff that you pansies hate.

Fun to watch how lefties demolish things.

Michael K said...

.n said...
Washington Meadeskins

Sharing is s... caring.
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How about "Washington Foreskins ?"

robother said...

Half of my high school and college pick-up football was played for the "skins" (i.e., when I wasn't playing for the "shirts"). Why not just the "Skins"? Think of the alumni fan base! (Of course, jersey sales would suffere, but that's kind of baked in already, no?)

PJ said...

Prince was, as usual, ahead of his time. The only safe course today is to name the team (or anything else that requires naming, for that matter) an unpronounceable glyph.

Fernandinande said...

Washington Dindus.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

A bit long - how about:

Chi-Com ESPN Vote for Democratics! Lecture Lecture Woke Kaepernik Pig Sock Warriors.
?

The mascot could be_________________

Butkus51 said...

"If using a name for a sports team is such an insult that it can't possibly be tolerated, I propose we name them the Trump Hitlers. That way we can show our collective disdain for the two worst enemies of humanity."

Nice

So, Im not sure which is first, but Hitler and Trump

2....maybe Stalin

3.... maybe Mao

4.... maybe Pol Pot

5.....lets put FDR there. Concentration camps ya know.

6...Truman........worst bomb of all time..........twice.

but without a doubt, Orange man bad. Mind you, every time I see crap like that I raise my mug of liberal tears and offer a toast of GFY.

Matthew Heintz said...

Washington Woodcocks
Washington Morning Wood
Washington Red Guard
Washington ShouldaCouldaWoulda
Washington Deplorables
Washington Monbacks
Washington Impeachers

rcocean said...

"Washington thinskins"

Hey, I like that. The Kneelers is good too.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

They should call themselves The Wolverines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Bx9nyw35w

Danno said...

Blogger Meade said... Washington Trumpskins.

I saw a pic on Powerline's This Week in Pictures, labeled- Washington Orangeskins with Trump's profile in the logo with the head dress.

CWJ said...

Ken B,

Just a suggestion. Of your four options, the Washington Kneetakers works better than the Takeaknee's.

Narr said...

I'm jumping the line--bounding right over the earlier threads of today (how y'all doin?)-- just to suggest Washington Warmongers in honor of the chief [ha] industry there, and if it hasn't been proposed already.

OK, now I'll see what I've missed on this thread (160s@334)

Narr
Is Whiffenpoofs still taken?

Colonel Mustard said...

Why not just keep the logo and associated identifiers and name the team "Americans".

After all, it refers to "Native Americans" but by dropping "Native" it's more "inclusive" and avoids the clunkiness of a two-word name (one of the names is always quickly ignored by the public, anyway).

Add the benefit of DC Denizens being compelled to cheer for "Americans".

CWJ said...

BillieBob Thornton,

Agreed. See my comment at 11:23AM above. I even picked the target. Taking down #1 would be the biggest scalp of all.

Colonel Mustard said...

Or we could borrow from New Zealand's powerhouse rugby team and call them the "All Blacks".

Francisco D said...

Original Mike said...Trump should buy them and name them after himself.

The Washington Orangmen has a nice ring to it.

CWJ said...

"Trump should buy them and name them after himself."

I like it. But Trump would probably rather have the naming rights to their stadium. Both cheaper and the "Trump" sign could be so much larger than on the side of a helmet.

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