The Redskins certainly seem to be on their way to changing their name.
What their new name will be isn't clear yet, and how quickly they'll be able to complete that process is a mystery, too.
But what once seemed like an impossibility now feels imminent. At some point in the future, and perhaps the very near future, Washington will be followed by something other than Redskins when discussing the NFL's representative in the nation's capital.
Even if the organization goes through with that ENORMOUS decision, though, they can still keep some of their other staples in an attempt to merge past traditions with their future rebranding. And three staples stand out above the rest: Their colors, their fight song and their HTTR motto.
Could Dan Snyder, Ron Rivera and others opt to proceed with a new name that completely resets the franchise as a whole? Of course.
But if they wanted to blend their next moniker with a few of the other key things that fans have attached themselves to, it's entirely possible.
In fact, it'd be quite simple.
When it comes to the colors, here's the path they could take: Keep the colors. Yep, that's it.
While there is some support for conforming to how the rest of the city's squads in the NBA, MLB and NHL look, Snyder and Co. could simply maintain the Burgundy and Gold scheme. In doing so, it would ensure that every highlight involving the team would look the same, even if the name differs.
The fight song and the motto, meanwhile, would work hand-in-hand.
To preserve the former, settling on a two-syllable option would likely be a must. And to continue forward with the latter, the choice would have to begin with the letter R.
So, that would mean proposals like the Redtails, Redhogs and Redhawks may have the edge, if those driving this value the stadium sounding the same after touchdowns and supporters being able to still use the #HTTR hashtag on social media.
To people on the outside, all of these matters may appear trivial. Yet those who have devoted themselves to this franchise truly cherish those aspects, and would surely appreciate them remaining in whatever new era commences.
The Redskins becoming something other than the Redskins is going to be a massive switch, one that will take years to get used to. Millions of people around the country and the planet have ties to that word, and it's hard to understate just how odd it'll be to live in a time where they're referred to as something else.
Not everything will have to change, however. Like most issues, there can be a compromise. The name may be leaving, but other institutions can stay.
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