Last month Rob mentioned the controversy over the name "Redskins" for Washington D.C.'s NFL franchise and it's still simmering out there despite owner Dan Snyder emphatically saying "never" to a name change. I think rather than snarling at the political correctness behind the movement to change the team's name, we should embrace it as an opportunity to come up with a name more fitting to the area and its denizens.
For example, the Washington Imperials would better reflect the attitude of the locals I think.
On the other hand, a team name should be scary and intimidating and the Washington Taxmen would fit that bill. Or, to be gender neutral, perhaps the Washington Revenuers.
The Washington Peepers would be an homage to our growing surveillance state. Or maybe we could honor presidential power with the Washington Drones.
Given the growing role of the federal government as both mommy and daddy to so many, the Washington Parents might be a good fit.
The Washington Diplomats wouldn't work because a Diplomats QB probably wouldn't get very good protection.
We could honor big government with the Washington Bloat, or its workers with the Washington Functionaries.
Perhaps it's time to recognize suburban DC with the Washington Jejune.
If my grandmother was still alive she would probably vote to honor Congress with the name the Washington Stinkers, "stinker" being one of the harsher epithets she ever used. I would go with the Washington Rapscallions, which would have the humorous bonus that most Congressmen would likely think a rapscallion was some kind of cool horse.
I'm sure I could come up with even more. Feel free to add your own nominations if you wish.
Yep, the more I think about it the more I like the idea of giving Washington D.C.'s NFL franchise a name that truly reflects the area's current purpose and character.