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The Trickle - Renaming

January 16, 2014 - Brian Ferry
So, the NFL franchise in Washington takes some heat from its name.

I have no stake in the heritage in question, so I hesitate to get involved. However, I hear the name is offensive to many.

Makes sense to me. Some mascot names that are supported are specific - Seminoles comes to mind. If the particular tribe is on board, go for it. However, basing a name on skin color doesn't seem to be intended to honor a group.

The Fightin' Whites of somewhere in Colorado are next on my list of examples. No, this is not the school's mascot. It was the way a group of students involved in an intramural endeavor chose to state their objection to (potentially) offensive names.

I digress.

If the Washington NFL franchise were looking for alternatives and Fightin' Whites is out (which I think it should be) I have some ideas.

We can associate the name with the locale... as many organizations do. So, Washington is often associated with government, power, corruption, violent crime... I kinda like Washington Vice. Many different ways to read it. It doesn't have an 's' on the end of it, which seems to be the way popular sports club names are going.

Washington Power? (I liked Absolute Power because absolute power corrupts absolutely, but that's just too long.)

Another suggestion I heard was "Washington Reprobates."

I won't deny... I like it. However, that's a "big" word. I think people are unlikely to get it. So, I'm sticking with Vice.

If you want to think of it as something that holds an item in place on a workbench, go for it. Or, if you like the crime-fighting unit image better, that's up to you. Me, I'll stick with vice as in the criminal sense.

I wonder if they'll pay me when I win the renaming contest...


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