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Here are 5 potential options if the Redskins change their name

Here are 5 potential options if the Redskins change their name

FedEx, one of the Redskins largest corporate sponsors, sent shockwaves through the organization Thursday evening when it formally requested the team to change its name. FedEx has the naming rights to the team's home stadium, FedEx Field, on a deal that runs through 2025.

So, if the Redskins do indeed change their name, it's worth wondering what they will change it to.

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As fans weigh in across social media, here are five potential options the Redskins could change their moniker to:

1. Washington Warriors

The alliteration gives this name a nice roll off the tongue. Moving from Redskins to Warriors would not be too difficult of a transition, as the team could keep the same color scheme and revert back to its old spear helmet design.

This is also probably the betting favorite for the change, too. When Redskins owner Dan Snyder first purchased the team, he trademarked the name 'Washington Warriors' hoping to use it for an Arena Football league team before the league folded in 2009.

By making this change, the team could keep its colors and use one of its old logos. There may not be an easier switch than this.

2. Washington Red Tails/Redtails

This example gained popularity just a few weeks ago when a Reddit user proposed the idea. And it's a great idea.

"Anyone else feel its time for the Redskins to change their name?" Reddit user RO16 wrote. "The Redtails were a unit of black fighter pilots in WWII back when the military was still segregated. Redtails even works with the fight song, just change "braves" to "men."

User @RO16 attached a design from user mbingcrosby on 99designs, and it's quite sweet.

3. Washington Skins

Yes, simply taking the 'Red' from the moniker is an option. In this situation, 'Skins' could be used as a short for 'Pigskins,' a universal nickname for the football. This scenario allows the team to keep an already frequently used nickname, 'Skins,' while removing the Native American history from it. 

Sure, coming up with a logo could be a tad difficult, but harder things have been done.

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4. Washington Federals/Senators

Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals....you get the idea.

However, Senators would be a tad odd because it was the former name of the city's baseball team before they left for Minnesota. 

5. Washington Griffins

There are several NFL teams named after birds, and the Griffin is one of the coolest birds still out there.

Yet, this idea likely won't happen because of a certain quarterback the team used to have. 

Bonus: ESPN's Field Yates might have the best idea of them all.

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'Washington Rexes' name suggestion creates a stir on Twitter

'Washington Rexes' name suggestion creates a stir on Twitter

As the Washington Football Team searches for a permanent new moniker, it's no surprise that some rather unique names have been suggested. Take the Washington UFOs or Washington Wanderers as examples.

The newest member of that group is the Washington Rexes, a name highlighted by the team as part of the fan recommendations initiative it's taking. The name was recommended by a fan named Carl, and the reasoning behind it certainly unique.

"Washington Rexes. I know this seems strange, but hear me out. Washington is home to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which houses an impressive collection of dinosaur skeletons, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the largest and most terrifying predators in history," Carl wrote. "Rexes would be an impressive nickname, implying strength, power, and ferocity. The mascot would be amazing. Plus, who doesn't love dinosaurs?" 

As wild as it may seem, Carl does kind of bring up some good points. The dinosaur is a very strong and scary animal, so it checks the intimidation box. The Smithsonian gives it the local connection and naming the stadium "Jurrasic Park" or something of that nature actually works. Wait, is Washington Rexes genuinely a good idea?

Well, for the most part, Twitter did not think so.

If dinosaurs weren't their thing, some suggested picturing it as an homage to former Washington quarterback Rex Grossman. 

Washington Rexes probably won't be the eventual name of the team. But, Carl deserves an A+ for creativity. 

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Washington punter Tress Way says he owes Ron Rivera a thank you for removing ping pong table

Washington punter Tress Way says he owes Ron Rivera a thank you for removing ping pong table

In an offseason of change in Washington, one small move that did have an impact on the locker room was Ron Rivera's removal of the wildly-popular ping pong table.

The new head coach's decision to eliminate table tennis was just another example of his desire to establish a new, more serious culture within the organization. Though it turned some fans' heads, it was something that avid players like long snapper Nick Sundberg respected.

Punter Tress Way, another dedicated ping pong player, was also understanding of the decision by Rivera. In fact, while he'll miss working on his craft with the paddle, he says he actually needs to thank Ron Rivera.

"I think I even need to do a hand-written letter or just a person-to-person conversation," Way said during a Washington Football Team virtual happy hour. "I owe him a thank you.”

Why exactly is Way so thankful? Well, it turns out that prior to the removal of the table, he was in jeopardy of losing his title as the best ping pong player on the roster.

After dominating other players day in and day out, Way has turned his passion into a skill that put him at the top of the locker room rankings.

“As a specialist, I punt and work out, play some ping pong after practice with the guys," Way said. "When the table was removed I was number one in the locker room.”

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But, toward the end, Way became nervous that others were coming for his crown. Tired of losing to him, the punter explained that some talented individuals were preparing to take him down when they returned for the 2020 season.

"Some of the best athletes I’ve ever seen in my life decided at the end of last year that they were going to start playing some ping pong," Way said.

Then, Rivera swooped in and allowed Way to retire on top.

“I think coach may have bailed me out," Way said. "I think because he removed it I get to walk out number one and so I think I owe him a sincere thank you.”

Not having ping pong will surely be an adjustment for Way. As a punter, getting in some reps on the table was part of his daily routine, and he was clearly very good at it. He still has one at his home, and is willing to have challengers come take him on in a socially distant manner.

But, when it comes to the locker room in Ashburn, Va., he gets to be remembered as one of the best to pick up the paddle. That makes the loss a little less tough.

“I’m immortalized as the number one ping pong player in Washington," Way said. "So I don’t mind it.”

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