The Washington Redskins football team was under fire for years in some quarters over the team's name.
Some Native American activists and their supporters found the word "Redskins" offensive. They pressured the team to change the name.
And for years, the team's owners pushed back. There was no way they would change the name. Not gonna happen.
Until it did.
In the wake of the wide-ranging protests and renewed racial awareness following the killing of George Floyd — and pressure from high-dollar sponsors — the team's owners caved. On July 13, the announcement was made. No more Washington Redskins. Now the team would be known as
Well, for a few days everyone wondered what the new name would be. Until Thursday, when the Washington NFL franchise announced it would be called the "Washington Football Team."
As you might expect, social media had a field day with that one, saying it's about the only name they could choose that wouldn't offend somebody.
Fans can rest assured that's not the ultimate name. It's just a placeholder until a final decision can be made. In the meantime, though, Washington Football Team-branded caps, jerseys and other merch will be on sale before you know it.
To be honest, we kind of like the name Washington Football Team. And we can see it catching on with the public in a quirky sort of way. So who knows? The temporary name might not be so temporary after all.