Has the public, comedic pressure begun to mount yet? Daniel Snyder, are you thinking about changing the name? I bet you would sell more jerseys.
I’ll help you out you befuddled football team owner, here’s some fixes. In all cases, it might be a good idea to get rid of the Native American head logo and go with the feathered spear.
The Easy Variety
1. Go back to the Braves.
It was the first name the team when it was in Boston. Despite not having the advantage of alliteration, I think this name change would work. While I have heard some complaints about the Atlanta Braves name that it heightens a stereotype, making it seem like Native Americans were obsessed and only good at war. Handle those complaints as they come. The name is at least a little ambiguous. Also, Brave is right in the name. I’ve never heard anybody say, “Wow, Mike is great person except for that damn bravery streak. I wish he would stop being so brave all the time.”
2. Go with the name of a tribe
Options include the Iroquois, Algonquin and Monocan. Native Americans have supported using tribal names, you know because it’s much easier to take pride in that than a slur against the color of your skin. Personally I would go with Iroquois, although you would need to get approval from the tribe itself. The plus is that the team might be able to keep the Indian head logo in this instance.
Definitely not as good as Braves, it would be hard to argue that you’re not focusing on warrior aspects. Still, it’s better than Redskins.
More Difficult, would require logo change
This name already has great history with the team as the nickname for the offensive line of the ’80s. This would allow the team to keep the colors and uniforms. I would suggest ripping off any one of Arkansas’ various logos for the Razorbacks. Unsurprisingly, some people have already thought of this. A pro to this is that you avoid any association with Native Americans, which is probably for the best.
Most difficult, requires uniform, color and logo change
This the option to go with an ambiguous name that plays on Washington, DC role as the nation’s capitol. Other options include Senators, Nationals and Capitols (the last two already taken). I think Americans works best. Nearly all of the Canadian hockey teams use some form of Canadians in their names. With that name, you might be able to keep the uniform and logo. However, I would go with a complete uniform overhaul — red, white and blue out the wazoo.