18 Jun 2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name "disparaging to Native Americans." It was a case filed by five Native Americans. This will limit the team's options regarding merchandising. Now that we're talking money, maybe we can finally get Dan Snyder to change the damn thing.
For those who haven't read my writing on this before, here's my idea: call the team the Washington Pigskins. You are paying homage to the most famous players in team history, which sort of also throws a bone to the "traditionalist" fans who don't want the name changed. Who wouldn't want to honor the players who helped win you three Super Bowls? You can still refer to the team as the Skins, or you could now call the whole team the Hogs if you wanted. Fans can still sing the team song by changing one syllable. The uniform colors stay the same, the only thing that has to change is the logo, which could be a stylized "W" for Washington, a picture of a football, or a silhouette of an offensive lineman blocking, sort of an improved version of the old Pat Patriot.
83 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2014, 4:53pm by tuluse
Brian Fremeau is back for his 10th season of college football advanced stats at Football Outsiders, with a lesson on average teams (like Arkansas State) and updated FEI projections for 2016.