What should be the new name for Washington's NFL team?

Leading Off: Six better names for Washington’s NFL team

Published: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 - 6:16 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 22, 2014 - 10:07 am

Dan Snyder still insists he won’t change the name of his NFL team in Washington, even after Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the trademark registration because it considers the name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

He has vowed to “never” change the name, despite the growing protests.

But here’s an out for him: As a successful businessman, he could open a huge revenue stream with a new name and logo.

Here are six suggestions, in alphabetical order, that would remove the Native American theme entirely (no Natives, Warriors or Braves, please):

•  Federals: This would fit with the names of Washington’s other teams: baseball’s Nationals and hockey’s Capitals. The team could keep the same colors and perhaps incorporate an iconic Washington landmark into its logo.

•  Hogs: This would pay homage to the famous offensive line of some of the franchise’s most successful teams. Plus, it seems appropriate considering all the pork doled out inside the beltway.

•  Lawbreakers: In a city of lawmakers with a history of unsavory and sometimes illegal activities (think Watergate), what better name? Plus, they could challenge the Raiders as the NFL’s renegade franchise.

•  Pigskins: This would be one of the easiest changes. The team could use the same colors and a football as the dominate image in its logo. Simple and clean, plus fans still can call them the ’Skins.

•  Senators: When baseball returned to the Capital, some were outraged that the name wasn’t resurrected. This would bring it back, plus Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has refused to attend another game until the team changes the name.

•  Skins: This might be even better than Pigskins, since most fans call them this already. And this might be the best compromise.

– Tom Couzens


What to watch

Baseball, Giants at Arizona, 6:40 p.m., Ch. 31: For those who don’t have cable, it’s a rare chance to see the Giants.

Today’s poll

What should be the new name for Washington’s NFL team ?

• Keep it the same

• Federals

• Hogs

• Lawbreakers

• Pigskins

• Senators

• Skins

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday’s results

How much of the World Cup are you watching ?

• Every match: 29%

• Only U.S. matches: 22%

• Only weekend matches; I have a job: 10%

• What’s the World Cup? 39%

Total votes: 190

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