Some suggestions for the Redskins
Regardless of whether the Washington Redksins' name and logo are offensive, merely traditional, or traditionally offensive, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board says it can't be exclusive for commercial purposes. Finding that the trademarked name and logo are "disparaging" of Native Americans, the board ruled Wednesday that they can't be trademarked.
Lack of trademark protection would make the controversial team name and logo nearly worthless. The team still would be able to use them, but so would anyone else, severely diminishing the name's licensing value for merchandise and so on.
The team quickly announced that it will appeal and the trademark protection will remain in place until that process concludes.
If it loses the appeal, the team probably will need a new name. It's location in the nation's capital is crucial.
The Capitals? Taken by the hockey franchise. Nationals? The baseball team. Senators? Been there, done that. Wizards? That doesn't even make sense for the NBA team that has it. Diplomats? Too tame for the NFL.
In the capital, of course, the possibilities are endless. The "War Mongers," for example, would come with a built-in fight song: Sen. John McCain singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran."
Or, how about the "Deficit Spenders," a tribute to Congress and Redskins franchise owner Daniel Snyder, who can't seem to spend enough on players?
Or, to inspire the team to use subterfuge in its offensive and defensive formations, how about the Obfuscators? That also would pay homage to politicians committed to giving constructive names to destructive legislation.
In Washington, the possibilities are endless. The Drones? The Spys? The Whistleblowers?
Or, in keeping with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's decision, how about "the Denigrators?"