2020 seems to be a year full of things that could never happen actually happening.
To wit: Dan Snyder, the owner of the now somewhat nameless Washington football team, previously said he would “never” change the name of his team. Today, the name “Washington Redskins” will be consigned to the history books.
ESPN broke the story overnight, and today Snyder and the rest of the franchise’s leaders will formally announce the name is being “retired,” though for myriad reasons a new name will not be announced just yet.
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like a name change in Washington may still be an impossibility, but change is coming to outdated institutions faster than ever — and that includes football teams.
Of course, we shouldn’t be confused about the reason for this. Dan Snyder has long proven he doesn’t do anything from the mere goodness of his heart; he’s facing intense financial pressure to make this move. The team’s minority owners have been vocal about the need to make this move, the city of Washington D.C. is putting pressure on the franchise, Nike has pulled the team’s merchandise from its online stores, and FedEx, the owner of the team’s stadium naming rights, had threatened to pull its sponsorship.
Still, the name is changing, though to what we don’t yet know. But change is coming, and this proves it can happen faster than we ever thought possible.
ESPN’s reporting on the name change includes some interesting nuggets, including that the team prefers a name connected to the military (Washington Warriors, perhaps?) But getting the name changed isn’t as simple as you might think: our partners at Hogs Haven have a good roundup on the many issues that make it a complicated process.
Speaking at the American Century Championship, Rodgers said aloud what a lot of people seem to be wondering privately.
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LeRoy Butler gets the nod for the Packers here, but the whole list is worth a look for a reminder of some of the greats who haven’t yet made the leap to immortality in Canton.
Ahman Green’s record-setting game capping off the 2003 regular season is one of my favorite moments in Packers history, and not just because of Green’s dominance on the field. Mike Spofford has a good look at how Green put together his great day and what the implications were for the Packers beyond getting a late-season win.
Hey, everybody needs a hobby.