Well, it’s been a while since any big news has come around about this but the shoe has finally dropped. The Washington Redskins are going to be doing a thorough review of the team’s name. It took a bunch of corporations threatening to boycott including FedEx, Nike and Pepsico. to get Danny Snyder to even think about reviewing the name. Even though if he wants to move back into DC, which is one of his hope, and to get a new stadium built at the RFK site he has been told for ages to change the name. I’ve felt that if Danny is all about making money why hasn’t he change the name and sold tons of new merchandise. Many have postured that this means a name change is coming, some even saying by the time football season begins in August/September, that’s only about a month and a half way, but reverting to the spear logo is an easy change. This is a great step but it is only a step in the long journey. However the new name could possibly just be bringing back the old name Braves from when the team was in Boston or they could lean into the Native American concept by taking a name of a tribe like the Anacostans or Patawomecks rebranding with that as a name to “honor” the heritage of the area. Others online have suggested Red Tails to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, then there is Hogs honoring the team’s stellar offensive line from the 80s-90s, Warriors, Senators, Monuments, ‘Skins and Pigskins.
The other big news is that The Cleveland Indians are reviewing their name as well. Here’s hoping the Cleveland Spiders live again. There hasn’t been anything from the Braves, Chiefs or Blackhawks about them thinking about changing their names. Sure the Atlanta Braves still have the Tomahawk chop, but they say that their limiting it so that’s great. The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t done a thing really but besides the tomahawk chop the name is only tangentially related to Native Americans, and the Chicago Blackhawks are a hockey team and Americans just don’t care about hockey that much