You would think, since their team name has been under assault for years, that the owners and executives at the NFL’s Washington Redskins franchise might have given a bit of thought to what they would rename the team if they were to ever cave to the pressure.
Now, we know that owner Dan Snyder insisted for years that he would “NEVER” change the name, but well, that’s a good lesson on using that word lightly. The social justice crusade of 2020 has all kinds of people folding like cheap tables, and Snyder wasn’t immune from the crush. We’re just surprised he didn’t have some sort of backup name lying around somewhere.
Now, with the season kicking off and the team known only as the ridiculously-boring Washington Football Team, Snyder is telling the media that they might just stick with that non-moniker for the duration!
“If the Washington Football Team name catches on and our fans embrace it, then we would be happy to have it as our permanent name. I think we have developed a very classy retro look and feel,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
Snyder went on to tell the paper that the Redskins name “had increasingly become a distraction from our primary focus of football.”
Oh, is that where the focus is supposed to be? The NFL could have fooled us with all the Black kneeling and Black national anthems and Black Lives Matter stuff we’ve seen over the last few days. Football, eh? That’s an interesting concept.
“So, in the spirit of inclusivity, we made the decision to move forward,” he told the paper. “We want our future name and brand to stand for something that unifies people of all backgrounds and to continue to be a source of pride for the next 100 years or more.”
Who among us doesn’t feel a swell of pride when we hear “Washington Football Team”? It really rolls off the tongue. Lends itself well to a stadium chant!
And best of all, with a namesake like George Washington, no one will ever be offended! Right? Right??
Now that we think about it, isn’t “football” offensive to the many cultures all over the world who use that term to describe soccer? And isn’t it also problematic to those who don’t have feet?
Maybe they should just call themselves Generic Capitol Sports Team. Just in case.