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Washington's football team sends first release without former name or logo

Washington's football team sends first release without former name or logo

The Washington football team released a statement on Wednesday regarding the promotion of Jeff Scott to assistant director of pro scouting and advance coordinator. However, beyond the transaction, the release itself was interesting.

After the franchise announced on Monday that it was retiring the former name of the team, the release on Wednesday was the first in which there was no mention of the old moniker. In addition, the former logo that was traditionally used at the top of announcements was absent as well.

The choice to just refer to the team as "Washington" and eliminate the logo is a quick departure from the language and imagery that was used just two days prior. Despite the initial release acting as the announcement that the name was going to be retired, the former team moniker was still used several times in the statement, and the logo was present at the top.

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The inclusion of the old name and logo was something that frustrated many. ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio stated that the release was "one final act of defiance" by team owner Dan Snyder. ESPN's Michael Wilbon called it "annoying" and "tone-deaf" and The Washington Post columnist and ESPN panelist Kevin Blackistone found numerous issues with the way it was presented and written.

With the style of Wednesday's press release, it appears the franchise will no longer be referring to the team by its old name, even as the search for a new brand continues on.

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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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Washington Football Team to play games at FedEx Field without fans

Washington Football Team to play games at FedEx Field without fans

On July 24, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Terry Bateman said Washington was planning on having fans at games. Now it appears the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic has caused the franchise to change its mind.

After discussions with health officials from Prince George's County and the state of Maryland, the Washington Football Team announced their decision to play home games without fans during the 2020 season. 

“We are fortunate to host the best fans in the NFL year after year, but the wellbeing of those supporters, along with that of our players, coaches and each and every member of our gameday staff is simply too important, and the current knowledge of COVID-19 too unpredictable, to welcome our fan base to FedExField to start the season,” Dan Snyder said in a statement. 

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“We were the first team in the league to recall our scouts and other personnel from the field back in mid-March and have been monitoring this evolving situation ever since," Snyder said. "This decision was not an easy one, but after several discussions with federal, state and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one. We are working to find ways to make our fans’ presence felt in new and innovative ways for 2020 and can’t wait to welcome the community through the gates as soon as it’s safe.”

In their announcement, the team also said they will reevaluate this decision should the situation with the coronavirus pandemic improve. They have also reached out to season ticket holders with financial alternatives to their ticket plans. Ahead of their Week 1 matchup with the Eagles on September 13, Washington plans to give fans the opportunity to virtually cheer on their favorite team. 

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