To the Redskins fans who are saying they'll abandon the team if its name gets changed,
I don't really get that. I'm sorry. I just don't.
What I do get is your passion for Washington football. That part of the equation, at least, is easy to understand and impossible to question.
What I do get is that, at some point in your life, someone sat you down in front of a TV, pointed at the guys wearing Burgundy and Gold and said, "This is who we're rooting for."
Or someone took you to a stadium on a brisk fall Sunday, and after being in that atmosphere for three hours, you decided you wanted to be a part of that again and again.
Or that some star player, whether it be Sonny Jurgensen, Darrell Green or Sean Taylor, convinced you to support him and all of his teammates year in and year out.
I don't know whenever and wherever that precise kind of moment happened for each one of you, but I do know how it tied you to the Redskins forever.
You talk, text and tweet about them. You've bought all the merchandise. You've followed them through the various stages of each of your lives. Hell, you may even have a tattoo of the logo on your bicep or named your pet after John Riggins.
The Redskins clearly matter to you.
But it's not because of what they were called.
It's because of what they did, and how what they did made you feel. And those feelings aren't going to simply disappear if the name does.
"We want Dallas!" 70 Chip. The second quarter of Super Bowl XXII. The Seat Cushion Game. The Monday Night Miracle. "E-lectrifying!" "You like that?!"
Those are going to remain etched in your minds regardless of what Dan Snyder, Ron Rivera and others settle on. If they follow through on what appears inevitable.
You're really going to bail on that past, and the hope for a future like that past, because what's written on the uniforms and what's shouted in the fight song will be different? Seriously?
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Yes, it's going to be a monumental adjustment, and no one really likes making monumental adjustments. That's another factor in this that I do hear you on.
The tab you clicked on at the top of this website to land on this story or the @NBCSRedskins Twitter handle you followed to find the link will have to be altered.
Ryan Kerrigan and Nick Sundberg and Brandon Scherff and Jonathan Allen, veterans who've made their careers here, will have to get used to taking the field under a completely new moniker.
Think, too, of all the stadium signage and shirts and holiday ornaments and blankets and license plate holders and coffee mugs and social media bios and EVERYTHING else that will become outdated if this decision is finalized.
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Overall, the area is going to need years to get used to the Red Tails, or the Warriors, or whatever else replaces Redskins. But none of that is an excuse to not make the move now.
This has been a talking point, an issue, a distraction for decades now, and over the weekend, it reached a turning point. Between the current social justice climate and the fact that sponsors are making noise, this thing is nearing its conclusion, and that conclusion is that Washington will be followed by something other than Redskins on scoreboards and in postgame recaps.
And I think it's OK to be upset by that. I think it's OK to even be sad about that.
But I also think it's foolish to be so thrown by it that you'll just give up on something that's meant so much to you for so long.
The Redskins name is on the way out. The trophies, the records, the wins, the memories, though, aren't going anywhere.
Hopefully you won't, either.
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