It happened. It actually happened.
The Redskins are actually changing their name – even if we don’t know what that will be yet.
It will be weird. Let’s not lie to ourselves.
This is a team that for many - for hundreds of thousands of people, if not more - meant more than a rational fan would allow. Or should allow.
‘Skins fans were wild.
When the team was good, the fans were the best. Everyone knows the stories of the stands shaking at RFK.
When the team was bad, the fans were still great. Just showing up at FedEx Field showed the persistence and commitment.
For 25 years this team has been largely awful, and still, Redskins fans showed up. The name and the logo were far more important than John Beck and Steve Spurrier and Josh Doctson and Kirk Cousins and Albert Haynesworth. The football was bad; the reaction was not.
And now that name is gone. It meant a lot.
Don’t be dismissive of the people that are hurt by the name change. That’s real.
But also don’t be dismissive of the need to change the name. Life evolves. Things change. Most of the time it’s for the better, though sometimes it takes a while to see.
Most people knew this day would come. That doesn’t make it easier, but it dulls the surprise.
There will still be Washington football. You will still love it.
It’s just going to look different.
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