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Red Wolves was the solution for another team with Washington's name problem

Red Wolves was the solution for another team with Washington's name problem

If Fred Smoot, Jonathan Allen, Will Compton and a ton of fans get their way, the Redskins will end up becoming the Red Wolves.

And, as it turns out, they wouldn't be the first group to follow that path in an effort to distance themselves from controversy.

Conrad Schools of Science, a Wilmington, DE high school, was home to the Redskins for 80-plus years — a time frame that matches up exactly with Washington's football team.

But in 2016, a vote was held to drop the name, and by 2017, students had chosen Red Wolves to be their new mascot and logo.

During the battle to decide whether or not Conrad really needed to move on from the word, one school board member told those in favor of keeping it that, "I don't believe that you intended, in any way, to offend anybody," but added "obviously, there are people who are offended."

That is the same rationale that Burgundy and Gold devotees who don't want to see their franchise become known as something else have been using. In an NBC Sports Washington story focused on people who have tattoos of the team's name and logo, one fan explained how he views it as "a symbol of pride" and not anything that's harmful or divisive.

These days, however, that isn't a strong enough argument.

This article further details some of the difficulties Conrad had when making their transition to their next chapter. Now, those difficulties, obviously, will multiply by an enormous amount for an NFL organization, whether they join the Red Wolves pack or not.

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Let's make fun of everyone who's making fun of FedEx Field being empty in 2020

Let's make fun of everyone who's making fun of FedEx Field being empty in 2020

Did you hear the one about how FedEx Field being empty in 2020 will actually be the same as recent years, because not many fans have been showing up to the stadium lately anyways? 

Well, if you were on Twitter at all on Wednesday, then yes, you heard that one. Then you heard it some more. And after that, you kept hearing it. 

The best part, of course, is that it got funnier every time you came across it, too. 

Like, the first time you saw something like this, you chuckled to yourself:

Nailed it, Raj!

But then, when you happened upon another version of that totally original joke, such as the following from Kevin, you legit laughed out loud:

And just when you thought it couldn't get ANY BETTER, someone else dropped a comedic HAMMER on you:

Hahahahahahahahaha. That is the GOOD STUFF right there.

Wait. Forget the good stuff. Dev is over here chiming in with the GREAT STUFF: 

Then there's Karl — good ole, quick-witted Karl — who just brought the house down with this one-liner:

Karl always comes through, man. 

As 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes pointed out, these people should all be shamed. Maybe Twitter can suspend their accounts, too, or just outright ban them.

Is FedEx Field a wild environment? Nope. Has the attendance for Washington Football Team games been well below average in the late 2010s? You bet.

Neither of those facts, however, excuse the thousands of brilliant super-geniuses from recycling the same, played-out zing over and over again in reaction to the empty stadium news. But at least they all got one or two likes from other brilliant super-geniuses for their efforts.

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How fishing — yep, fishing — may be helping Terry McLaurin improve as a wideout

How fishing — yep, fishing — may be helping Terry McLaurin improve as a wideout

This interview between Terry McLaurin and Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr contains solid info on why he views himself as a No. 1 receiver in the NFL and how he's seen Dwayne Haskins' attitude change over the past few months. That stuff is all certainly worth noting.

The more interesting angle, however, is that McLaurin — who is not only someone who gets seasick from time to time but is also a guy who's ALLERGIC TO SEAFOOD — has really taken up fishing this offseason. And he actually believes the new hobby can help him produce on Sundays.

Yes, that all sounds crazy. But if you allow him to explain it, it soon becomes difficult not to buy in at least a little bit.

“You can be out there all day and not get a bite,” McLaurin told Orr. “And in my line of work, you can be working for your opportunity and it may never come or it may not be the opportunity you thought. It doesn’t mean you quit working hard, whether that’s catching a fish or catching a touchdown.”

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That's the primary lesson he's picked up while out on the water lately, and it's something that will help his focus and patience moving forward in Washington's offense. 

By the way, for those concerned fans of the team who are about to ask, no, McLaurin does not keep what he snags on his line. He's either thrown back or passed off the roughly 20 fish he's hauled in this summer, meaning that seafood allergy of his has been kept at bay. 

So, though his quote above shows a key similarity between fishing and football, that particular fact highlights the major difference. On a boat, he doesn't keep what he catches. His teammates, supporters and opponents know the opposite is true when he's on the field.

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