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A new name for the ’Skins

March 13, 2012 - Rob Weaver
Jim Vance, a television sports anchor in Washington, D.C., recently asked whether the city’s NFL team should consider changing its name. Here’s what Vance wrote on the DC Sports Blog:

“What I find curious is how some people I’ve talked to are offended by a derogatory term for Asians, but not by the word ‘Redskin.’ Folks, ‘Redskins’ is not a term of endearment, any more than the N word or any other racial or ethnic slur. From its inception and inclusion in our language, it was meant to be an insult.”

If Washington Redskins fans are too attached to the team’s name to accept a change, all that’s really needed is a new logo which utilizes a peanut. Admittedly, a redskin peanut isn’t very intimidating, unless one has an allergy to the legume, but the team name -- in use since 1936 -- could be retained.

However, if the NFL team did want to switch to a team name which would strike fear into an opponent -- indeed, all Americans -- the hometown abounds with possibilities. In keeping with a trend toward names using singular nouns (think Magic, Storm, Heat), I’d suggest the franchise switch to being called the Washington RedInk. We all know how scary that is. Or we should know.

There are other possibilities: The Washington Bureaucrats, the Washington Mandates, the Washington Czars. Considering the team’s record the past few years, perhaps names such as the Washington Deficits or the Washington Handouts would be more appropriate.

But if the ownership really wants to adopt a threatening name, it needs to look no further for the Internal Revenue Service for inspiration. The Washington Revenuers: It’s Real Scary.


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