Looks Like the Redskins Will Be Looking for a New Name
There's nothing like money to make a kajillionaire sit up and take notice.
More to the point, that'd be a threat to cut off existing revenue streams.
Or a condition that no money's gonna be dedicated to a new public-funded playpen unless an attitude adjustment happens.
Dude may cite polls where the results state 90% of Native Americans could give a damn about the controversy, but that's now been disputed on the grounds of who, exactly, is a Native American and how much the full-blooded individuals are offended.
Throughout the history of the First Nations' encounters with Europeans, dudes just couldn't buy a PR break:
- The first known interaction was with the Vikings around 1000 AD, who referred to them as skrælings -- meaning, ironically to some, barbarians -- and the relationship didn't exactly end well.
- Nearly five centuries later, Columbus thought he'd reached India and referred to the locals accordingly. Unfortunately, it stuck, as did his impression through his dying day that he'd landed in India.
- Then, when Europeans became firmly entrenched in the New World, it seemed to be a thing that racial descriptions were defined by skin color. The locals were OK with that and might've even chosen redskin themselves.
- It wasn't until the 1800s that the word morphed into a slur.
It was definitely not a matter of deep thought.
As opposed to now.
The tendency is to turn this rebranding opportunity into something akin to No Nukes or Save the Whales.
That's why the leader in the clubhouse has gotta be Redtails, turning a diss of the locals into a salute to a pretty awesome bro crew:
Once excited fan's already designed the logo based on the distinctive marking on the planes they flew, making sure everyone knows what this specific sorta red tail is.
It looked damn good on their P-51 Mustangs:
Other suggestions have shown a boring lack of depth. For example:
- Washington Generals. No. Just no. They're the longstanding straight-men for the Harlem Globetrotters and legends in their own right.
- Washington Federals. OK, the green-&-black unis looked cool back in the USFL's heyday before a certain President-to-Be screwed up the entire league. Nothing about the USFL is cool now.
- Washington Senators. Other than Walter Johnson, big Frank Howard, and Ted Williams in his only season as a manager, they now exist as both the Minnesota Twins' and Texas Rangers' inglorious past.
- Washington Defenders. Damn. No respect for the dead. Then again, roadkill never gets it, anyway.
In these troubled times, couldn't the empahsis focus on being too clever by half?
Hasn't Rodney Dangerfield taught us anything? If you're gonna change your name, change it!
If he's really gonna change the team's name, he'll do it with one single finger held high:
If ever there was a time to sweep the extemists and the politically correst aside with one stroke, it's now.
This is sports, dammit! Play with it:
The Washington Monuments— Mustafa, the Meat and Sarcasm Guy 😷 (@ThatsNaanSense) July 2, 2020
How about Washington Cicadas? Those little critters only show up once every 17 years, too, and even then, they're literally out of it before the season's over.
Those little critters do have a moment, though:
The Washington Olympians would be a sweet revenge move with a bitta history behind it.
When Washington Territory out in the Pacific Northwest petitioned for statehood, the citizens there wanted it to be called Columbia, due to the mightiest river west of the Rockies running through it.
- However, those bright lights in the nation's capital thought the State of Columbia would be constantly confused with the District of Columbia, so
- They voted to go with Washington to avoid that problem.
Proof yet again that the USA's elected leaders have had issues for a long, long time.
For the record, the nation's 42nd state's capital is Olympia.
One name that would be popular everywhere but the nation's capital doesn't stand a chance, but it'd be awesome.
Singing Hail to the Swamp People has an ironic ring to it.
Then, there are variations on an existing theme:
The best suggestion I’ve seen is the Pigskins, and the reason is three-fold:— Ian O'Connor (@OConnorIanM) July 2, 2020
1. It’s an ode to the Hogs
2. It’s football related
3. They can still go by the ‘Skins. pic.twitter.com/CkKXRDKsBl
If Washington wanted, they could keep the name but change their mascot to a redskin potato. Problem solved. pic.twitter.com/OfI0tn0g9X— Glenton Richards (@glentonrich) July 2, 2020
This is an NFL franchise, of course, that Snyder purchased for $750million in 1999 and is now worth $3.4billion. No matter what they rename themselves, The Shield's gotta go along with it.
So, there go the mascots this club needs and so richly deserves.
Still, no matter the Redskin name's origins, the nature of our times seems to have passed them by. Whether or not this is collateral damage to a higher calling, if its discarding will bring about another piece of unity, so be it.