Column: Some new names for the 'Redskins'
"My recent suggestion that it's time to change the name of the Washington Redskins prompted much reader mail, including this anonymous message:

"Guy, I can't believe you are [as] clueless as you seem. [Team owner Dan] Snyder would lose millions and millions of dollars if he changed the name. I'd cancel my club seats immediately and I've written the team to tell them that. There are many more like me. Plus, polls have shown that Native Americans overwhelmingly favor the name. The lawsuit was filed by a tiny group of activist wackos. Finally, we all know The Post hates Snyder and has a coordinated effort amongst its writers to beat on the name issue."

Ah, so you're the guy who bought club seats. Paid full price, did ya? As for The Post's "coordinated effort," I've worked here for 20 years, and we have a tough enough time coordinating a bake sale, let alone a conspiracy.

Other readers offered more constructive suggestions:

"How about the Landover Feathers?" wrote a reader named Steve. "Folks (at least Virginia-based ones) aren't happy with either the stadium's location or the team's performance. The name hits on both issues (sample headline: 'Feathers Plucked Again By Giants') and also would remind us of our Braves/Redskins heritage."

Gaithersburg's Dave Rotter, "an old fan," suggested the name "Pigskins." His reasoning: "The football is made from pig skins. The team can still be referred to as the 'Skins.' "

Barry Aikin of Shady Side had a similar thought: Just shorten the name to "the Skins." Wrote Barry: "The logo would be a variety of colors representing all peoples and the words to 'Hail to the Redskins' could easily be modified."

Whenever the inappropriateness of the team's name is mentioned, someone always suggests changing the logo to a redskin potato (get it?). The joke has grown thin from repetition, but Ray from Leesburg has a twist: "Instead of changing their name, they could change their logo to the potato: whipped.""

Get the Story:
John Kelly's Washington: Hey, Dan! Have We Got Some Names for You! (The Washington Post 10/13)

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