I’ve said dating back as long as eight years ago, that if the team did change their name, they should go to Warriors and bring back the old spear helmet. Now, I’ve never been one who was opposed or offended by “Redskins”, but I am also smart enough to understand that in today’s politically correct society, sometimes change is not a bad thing. I have also always been one to see both sides of the issue, and I believe when sponsors start threatening to boycott the team, and major retailers are pulling merchandise from their shelves, it’s time to take action.
So let’s talk a bit about “Warriors”...
First, let’s take a look at the definition of “Warriors”.
Definition of warrior
: a person engaged or experienced in warfare
broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict
Definition of Warrior
a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.
Warrior is a broad enough term that it does not pigeon-hold any specific genera, but it does give the team flexibility to still honor Native Americans while keeping the team’s proud heritage alive.
I am a tea-leaf reader. Being so, the first hint I got that Warriors could be the new team name came directly from the Redskins press release.
The first is from owner Daniel Snyder:
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.”
...take into account the proud tradition and history of the franchise.
The next one from head coach Ron Rivera was a bit more telling:
“This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”
...honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.
As you can see from their quotes, this wasn’t something that just popped up on the radar. This was a discussion that had been on-going for some time now...maybe as early as the beginning of 2020, when Rivera was hired as head coach.
Another interesting comment came from Doc Walker during his recent interview with NBC Sports Washington which you can read here.
“The Warriors. It’s so easy,” Walker told NBC Sports Washington. ”All you have to do is put the arrow back on the helmet. You don’t have to change anything else. Warriors on the warpath, fight for old D.C. It’s that simple.”
Doc is right. If you want a name change, but want to keep alive some of the traditions of the past, AND honor the Military(like Rivera eluded to), Warriors is the way to go.
And then came this tweet:
REPORT: Washington Redskins Will Likely Change To The Washington Warriors https://t.co/k2FlqTxxCH— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 7, 2020
By going to Warriors, Snyder and Rivera can announce the change prior to the start of the 2020 NFL season, and keep the same uniform concepts and team colors. If a re-brand is in the cards, that could be done in 2021 or later.
It gives leadership the ability to act swiftly on this matter, but time to change things up down the road if they see it fit.
Here is a pretty cool new uniform concept that could incorporate “Warriors”.
How do you feel about "Warriors" as the Redskins new name?
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I like it
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It’s making the best of a bad situation