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 Post subject: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:37 pm 
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US Patent and Trademark Office rules against the team, saying its trademark is derogatory and therefore can't receive protection.

Wherever you find the story online, don't read the comments.

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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DC will collapse into the Potomac if the football team name changes. Fact.

To make the story even weirder and harder to understand, DC sports teams have a history of name changes. The Senators were the something else somewhere else, then came back as the Nationals.

The Wizards were the Bullets until people realized that it was not a good name since DC was then known as "murder capital of the U.S."

If they change the name, some people will whine and moan for a while, stockpile their gear, sell it on eBay, and then get with the new name and forget about the whole thing. It is such a nonissue yet causes such heated outrage around here.

(Personally, I don't like the name "Wizards" because I think the Washington Monument looks like a KKK guy in the stupid hat and sheet.)

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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As my mom says, the Wizards should have been the Supreme Court!

And the Senators became (eventually) the Texas Rangers. And the Montreal Expos (right?) became the Nationals? Not really the same kind of name change as Bullets > Wizards.

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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I dunno. I thought they were in California for a while, but I don't follow baseball. I'm way too lazy to google it.

The Supreme Court would have been a great name.

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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Yeah, the nationals used to be the expos.

I don't really like the wizards as a mascot because it sounds kind of... silly and weak? Like the team is so bad that they need to hope for a stroke of magic just to get the ball through the net.

As for the football team and their derogatory name... I grew up in this area and even as a kid it made me angry because I knew it was wrong. Now I just avoid anyone who proudly claims to be a fan of that team. I can't deal with that shiitake. Hopefully this is a step closer to a much needed name change, but it still feels a long way away. As lavawitch said, people make it seem like the entire DC economy and culture will go up in flames if the football team changes its name.


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says the person from the city with the classiest name in the NFL.

Local trivia: one of the elevators in the library of congress basement has had "how 'bout dem skins" graffiti since 1989. It's still there.

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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I grew up there, too. I don't think I ever even noticed how horrible the name is, although I realize that sounds like a startling confession of obliviousness.

If they changed the name, wouldn't they end up moving a lot of merchandise? Wouldn't people buy new team-related stuff? Or would the fans be so mad at the jackbooted PC thugs that they would stop paying attention to football?

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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FootFace wrote:
Or would the fans be so mad at the jackbooted PC thugs that they would stop paying attention to football?


Ha! Boycott football! We have a right to celebrate and commodify racism, dammit!

"Redskins President Bruce Allen vowed Wednesday that the team would appeal. 'We are convinced that we will win on appeal as the facts and the law are on the side of our franchise that has proudly used the name Washington Redskins for more than 80 years,' Allen said in a statement."

Because pride! Because history! Because tradition! Come on, people... it should be ok to acknowledge that some things don't deserve to be preserved just because they're old. (I'm talking to you too, South Carolina...)


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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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I guess they'll just have to become the Confederates. I know what their jersey will look like...


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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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It is amusing considering no one cares. When I was young, Los Angeles had 2 football teams and now I don't think they have any. Sports teams move around, are sold, are renamed and no one cares. I'm surrounded by skins fans and no one is like "I like them because of their name". No, they like them because they like football. I can't even imagine people in my area rooting for the Ravens instead. They will just root for the new team. The world will not implode if they change their name, people will buy new merchandise, they'll embrace the name and in 10 years, no one will really remember that they were a different name.

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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linanil wrote:
I I'm surrounded by skins fans and no one is like "I like them because of their name". No, they like them because they like football. I can't even imagine people in my area rooting for the Ravens instead.

We like them because they used to be great. The owner is a dick who's driven the team into the ground and is also the one who won't let go of the name. Someone wrote a great article for SI a while ago about how depressing it is to be a fan when you have an owner who does everything wrong.
But yeah, ravens, hell no. Fight for old dc.

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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I loved the Skins back in the Sonny Jurgenson, Billy Kilmer, Charley Taylor days. (Oh, and into the Joe Theisman days, too.) I still know a bunch of the old players' numbers! (But now I also can't stand football.)

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 Post subject: Re: Washington's NFL team loses trademark protection again
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Are you guys talking about American footingball?

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