Potential New Names for the Washington Redskins

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  1. little bear

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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2101396-potential-new-names-for-the-washington-redskins

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    News broke Wednesday that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans."
    Appeals will undoubtedly be filed, but as we noted back in March, this could eventually be a death knell for the most blatantly racist nickname in professional sports.
    And as momentum builds for a new name, ideas are being tossed around. Naturally, many of them are comical (see: Twitter hashtag "newredskinsname"), but some are legit.
    For example...


    Senators: The political connection is obvious, but there's a deep history there, too. This would work as a nod to the former D.C.-based MLB teams that now play in Minnesota and Texas, and it was also the name of the Washington NFL team in 1921.

    Federals: Capitals, Nationals and Federals. Makes sense, I guess.

    Tyler Lopez @tyler_lopez Follow
    Easy team name: Washington Federals. Feds for short. Sounds intimidating, but still full of red tape. Perfect.


    Braves: Wouldn't this be a significantly more respectful and significantly less controversial way to honor Native Americans? Plus, this was the franchise's original name back in Boston. They only became the Redskins to avoid confusion with that city's baseball team.

    Warriors: Same deal here regarding the respect factor. And in both cases, they can maintain a similar logo to the one they currently have. According to the Washington City Paper (h/t Slate), owner Dan Snyder trademarked "Washington Warriors" well over a decade ago.

    Redhawks: Miami University made this exact change nearly two decades ago. It sounds similar, has a similar connotation and has the same number of syllables, which could help the team maintain its fight song.

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    Skins: It's possible simply removing the "Red" part of the name won't satisfy those who oppose it, but it would be an easy fix considering that most of us already refer to the team this way.
    From Sports Illustrated's Don Banks:

    The subtraction of three letters—RED—simultaneously addresses the two most important issues being argued over in this debate: It removes from Washington's nickname the offensive part of the word that describes a Native American’s skin color. And yet it maintains part of the name that the team has been known as since the franchise moved from Boston in the late 1930s.
    A Redskins fan has already called their team the 'Skins for probably as long as they've been fans. It's not a drastic, wholesale change to another name, and it leaves Washington with some ability to give a nod to its team history and identity, the same way the NFL allowed the Cleveland Browns to retain their name, heritage and colors when the city's original franchise relocated to Baltimore in 1996.
    Renegades: Honestly, it's just a cool name and one that's been batted around a fair bit. But it is more of a departure than everything else above.

    Pigskins: This makes sense in so many ways. You keep "Skins," you incorporate a popular team tradition and the name itself references football.

    Mr. Belding Karaoke @kwyrauch Follow
    Washington Pigskins. Keep the "Skins" handle, and plays off the Hogs reference. What the hell is so difficult about this?


    Or I suppose they could just become the football team formerly known as the Redskins, adopting an unpronounceable symbol instead.

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    How bout PC chicken$h!ts . Seriously , just ONCE I want to see someone stand up to this garbage , and say nah , this is BS and we ain't changin .... have a nice day .
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    Snyder has gone on record many times saying he wont change it. And even then, he can still keep the name if he wants, he will simply lose trademark protection on it, which is the equitable solution to this issue.
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    http://www.businessweek.com/article...st-names-and-logos-for-d-dot-c-dot-s-nfl-team

    Renaming the Redskins: Four New, Nonracist Names and Logos for D.C.’s NFL Team

    Controversy over the name of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins surfaced again in May, when 10 members of Congress wrote to the league and Dan Snyder, the team’s owner, asking for a change. The legislators said the name is a “racial, derogatory slur” against Native Americans. Snyder has long resisted a change (in spite of the fact that one could argue rebranding would be profitable). NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell backed Snyder in a response to Congress, writing that the name stands for “strength, courage, pride, and respect.”
    We asked David Placek and his staff at Lexicon Branding—the firm that came up with the names BlackBerry (BBRY), Febreze, OnStar (GM), Pentium, and FiOS—to cook up some new monikers for the team. Then James Skiles, creative director at Phoenix Design Works—maker of logos for hundreds of pro and college teams, including the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia 76ers—drew logos to match.
    In the PowerPoint presentation below, you can see Lexicon’s thought process. First, the company surveyed the NFL landscape and noted, for instance, that half of the 32 teams have animal names; 11 have “humanistic” names (Texans, Patriots); 4 are mythological; and 1, the lonely Jets, is named for a vehicle. Lexicon also tabulated favorite first letters and the use of alliteration, and created scatterplots to map team names on spectra such as passion vs. aggression and speed vs. strength. (The company did not give these names the trademark vetting it normally provides for corporate clients.) Placek & Co. conclude:


    “Tradition is important, but so is innovation. The team has been known as the Redskins since 1932. A new name can represent a decisive way to leave controversy behind and step into the future.”
    Here’s what Lexicon and Skiles came up with:


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    Lexicon: Initial R maintains connection to Redskins heritage. Allows for rallying phrase “Washington D.C. Rocks!”
    Placek: “It’s so much like Skins—it’s quick and it’s fast.”
    Skiles: “The iconic mythological bird looms over the top of the type.”


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    Lexicon: No NFL team name starts with an M. Sounds modern, sleek, and powerful.
    Placek: “We were looking for a little bit of poetry.”
    Skiles: “Fashioned to work with the idea of a D.C. Metro token.”


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    Lexicon: Mind share with existing Bengals, Jaguars, Lions, and Panthers. Keeps the new name in the “expected” range for pro football franchises.
    Placek: “It’s pretty long, and people might create the nickname Leps—but what a beautiful identity.”
    Skiles: “A fierce, iconic rendering of the mascot.”


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    Lexicon: Widely recognized current team nickname. Possible high acceptance among die-hard fans.
    Placek: “The logo is going to be a little harder: Maybe it’s just a really strong S.”
    Skiles: “A tattoo visual wrapped around a dynamic type mark, juxtaposing the tribal genre against a D.C. architectural icon.”

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    http://theweek.com/article/index/102991/19-non-racist-names-for-the-washington-redskins

    19 non-racist names for the Washington Redskins

    It seemed the Washington Redskins would be able to keep their much-protested name after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by a Native American group. But now the Skins are facing another lawsuit renewing charges that the team-name is racist. Enterprising journalists and bloggers are already brainstorming alternatives:

    1. Washington Nationals: "Sharing a nickname [in this case with the local baseball franchise] didn't hurt the New York football Giants back when there was the New York baseball Giants, did it?" (The Washington Times)

    2. Washington 90: "Like 'Hawaii Five-0.' Say it: Washington 9-0. Pretty cool, no? But what does it mean? Silly question. Everyone knows the city was founded in 1790." (The Washington Times)

    3. Washington Power: "[Power is] the city's greatest commodity, and [the name's] got that hip, trendy, no-'s'-at-the-end-of-it thing." (The Washington Times)

    4. Washington Red Skin Potatoes: "A loophole. They still could be called the Red Skins, but it would mean an eatable tuber, not people. The logo could be a flaming potato shaped like a football." (The Washington Times)

    5. Washington Jepziwok: "Chippewa for 'great athletes'." (NFL.com)

    6. Washington Matwesaso: A word that means 'courageous' in the native Nanticoke dialect — "a relevant choice because the Nanticokes were the dominant tribe of the Potomac region." (NFL.com)

    7. Washington Wohnata:
    "Lakota Sioux for 'they are champions'." (NFL.com)


    8. Washington Idini:
    "Apache for 'like thunder'." (NFL.com)


    9. Washington Dragons:
    "As in Dungeons and Dragons, which I’m pretty sure [team owner Dan Snyder] played a lot as a kid." (Surrounded by 'Skins)


    10. Washington Brawlers: "Random and awesome" (Super Massive Blog)

    11. Washington Reapers: "Scary." (Super Massive Blog)

    12. Washington Federals: "[Would] finish the trifecta started by the Nationals/Capitals." (Super Massive Blog)

    13. Washington Americans: "Too patriotic? Never. America’s team playing America's game." (Super Massive Blog)

    13. Washington Warriors: "In line with the American Indian [theme] without being racist. [Unfortunately the team] would share a name with a generally unsuccessful NBA franchise." (Mr Irrelevant)

    14. Washington Hogs: "Definitively Washington football; reminds us of glory days." (Mr Irrelevant)

    15. Washington Monks: "[Admittedly arbitrary, but] this is just how much we love [former Redskins wide receiver] Art Monk." (Mr Irrelevant)

    16. Washington Warhawks: "Lends itself well to awesome gameday hairstyles." (Mr Irrelevant)

    17. DC Comets: "Now there's a name!" (Bleacher Report)

    18. Landover Feathers:
    "Folks (at least Virginia-based ones) aren't happy with either the stadium's location [in Landover, MD] or the team's performance. The name hits on both issues." (The Washington Post)


    19. Washington Skins: "The logo would be a variety of colors representing all peoples and the words to 'Hail to the Redskins' could easily be modified." (The Washington Post)


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    http://nesn.com/playlist/washington-redskins-have-many-options-for-a-possible-name-change/1/

    Washington Redskins Have Many Options For A Possible Name Change

    Washington Braves
    The team was originally names the Boston Braves back in 1932, then changed to the Boston Redskins a year later. Going back to the Braves would pay respect to the organization’s roots.

    Washington Federals
    This would continue the theme of Washington sports. You already have the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals, so why not?

    Washington Skins
    Fans already commonly refer to their beloved team as the ‘Skins, and taking away the “Red” from the name would eliminate all controversy.

    Washington Warriors
    This name/logo seems to be gaining popularity around the Internet.

    Washington Renegade
    Another idea gaining some traction around the web.

    Washington Pigskins
    You have the obvious connection with football and still keep the “skins” at the end.

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    Washington Regulators? Sounds kind of cool and makes sense since all they do is make regulations.
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    Actually I like both Warriors and RedTails very much.

    Here's another one.

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    I'm a fan of the entire NFL and cant even think about touching it.

    Their logo, the Bears C, the Packers G and the Rams horns need to be left alone to stay..amoung others
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    Which is how this whole thing started to begin with. The same folks who began the campaign to remove the name because it was offensive, sued to use the name for their own casinos years ago. It wasn't offensive to them and they even sited the native american participation in the naming of the franchise as reason the trademark shouldn't be upheld. They lost that case, but after a long campaign eventually got ESPN to report a story and set this whole thing in motion.

    Just goes to show, if you can't get what you want legally, then find a way to feign outrage over being discriminated against. It works time and again in the US, and the American public dances like puppets whenever that familiar tune is played.

    PC is the death of America.
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    Geez, why not the Washington Custers as punishment for having defamed Native Americans for so long. :ohmygod:

    This whole thing is the biggest bunch of crap that's ever been started over a simple nickname that's been in existence for over 75 years. WTF, do our politicians have nothing better to do with their time than this.
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    I haven't found it yet but I understand ..or heard a long time ago an indian group wanted to use Redskin for name of a casino but couldn't because Redskin's owned the rights to the name and they sued and lost so now they are trying this angle for so long

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