The professional football organization in Washington continues to focus on the important things.
When they aren’t suing a tiny local paper, the team is ordering the Washington Post to change the name of their popular football blog. Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog points out an article in the Post on Tuesday that explains why.
“The Redskins, who have been at the forefront in creating their own multimedia operations, have been aggressive in policing the use and misuse of their ‘brand’ by others,” Paul Farhi writes.
To that end, they no longer allow local sports highlight shows on television or radio to use the team name unless its authorized. Recently, they took that one step further.
“The Redskins recently asked the Washington Post to rename the newspaper’s video webcast and blog about the team, which was called ‘Redskins Insider,'” Fahri notes. (The blog has since been retitled “Football Insider.”)
After consulting with our legal team, we’ve determined that we will only mention the team’s name from now on when quoting from other sources.
Otherwise, we will refer to the team as the Washington Indigenous Americans. Or perhaps the Washington Free Agent Mistakes.
Unless you guys have any better ideas.
UPDATE I: From venerable Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette: “The late Myron Cope called them the Red Faces on broadcast in Pgh. Snyder asked him to stop and Cope said it more often.”
UPDATE II: Mike Silver suggests “The Foreskins.” Edgy, yet less offensive than the current name. It has a chance.