We Need You To Come Up With A Better Name Than The ‘Redskins’: What’s The Wittiest You’ve Got?
Read up a bit on why the term "Redskins" is offensive, if you're unaware, but we've decided to stop using the term, too, for simple reasons.
Essentially: it offends lots of people. Yes, there is some debate on the subject, but there are real, live Native Americans that hear this word and equate it to the n-word. Critics claim that it's "self-righteous" to argue that Washington should change it's name; but aren't you being the self-righteous one by whining about people being rightfully offended?
We aren't trying to be heroes; we're just trying to make the tiny, near-obvious decision to not be really mean to people. It's not especially noble.
With that in mind, we figure we should come up with a witty nickname for Washington, and we want your help. Send us your best nickname for Washington's football team, and we will use the best one, universally, across the site. Email us at email@example.com, Tweet at us, Tweet at me, send us snail-mail, like us on Tinder; do whatever it takes to be heard. We want to hear you, friends.
I'll get you started.
Easterbrook calls them the "Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons." Clever, but a bit dramatic.
King just writes "Washington." Boring.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
From me... the Washington:
From Managing Editor Eric Goldschein... the Washington:
Caps ("Didn't Dan Snyder tell us we could use caps?")
But surely you can do better than us. Scour your brilliant minds. Ask your friends, your dog, your newborn child. Just play nice, and your nickname may catch on.
From Jake O'Donnell:
Call them something ridiculous, in the hopes that it catches on, and forces Dan Snyder to change the name.
I vote for The Artist Formerly Known as Mouse Cop (from Key and Peele)
From Rick Chandler:
Again, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tweet us. Be heard.
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