Washington Football Team – est. 1932
The former racist nickname of the football team in Washington has been removed. In its place, they plan to play the 2020 season as “Washington Football Team”. Catchy.
In all honesty, this is both dumb and a solid move at the same time. They’re not rushing into a name and branding that doesn’t fit. But they’re also essentially becoming a team that is in that off brand video game that doesn’t have any rights to the NFL.
Look, the fact of the matter is, they’ve finally done something. Dan Snyder was so actively against trying to say he’s not a racist that he’s resisted this change for some time. However with the insanity that 2020 has become, it looks like he’s finally changed his tune. Even though he’ll attempt to be on the right side of history, we all know who he really is and who he’s been. However if he drives forward and leans into this, he may gain a sliver of respect.
So if they don’t have a logo or a nickname, what on earth are they going to look like? According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the burgundy and yellow colors will stay the same. The word Washington will brandish the front of the jersey, and a player’s number will replace the former racist logo on their helmets.
It’s giving me some college football vibes. Maybe this is the time I finally get into it? I doubt it.
What about 2021?
So 2020 is Washington Football Team. The organization plans to spend this season working with those within the organization, players, fans, the community, and experts to come up with an appropriate name and logo for the team moving forward.
People have been crowing the internet throwing their possible names into the ring.
Personally, I think Washington RedTails is the way to go. We’ve gone ahead and eliminated the racist undertone of the team and their name. Now let’s do a full 180, and celebrate the first Black American combat unit. Tuskegee Airmen Inc said it would be “honored” to work with the team if they adopt this name. So let’s change the narrative.
Adopt a name that celebrates members of the BIPOC community. March forward into a new age. Keep fighting.
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