Washington Football Team Name Change

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Maybe it's just me, but both the Monarchs and the Royals seem to be missing the point of Washington DC.
I assume Snyder hired a firm that has done this kind of work below and has at least some data from that past work. It probably makes sense to throw names like “Monarchs” and “Royals” into the test that you clearly aren’t going to use, but which have presumably been tested before, so that you have some kind of grounding in that broader data set. For example, if those two names came out near the top, you’d know the whole slate sucked and you need to start over, whereas without that grounding you might find yourself choosing between a few names that you thought were good, but really just sucked less than the others.

Point being, there are reasons to throw names into the test that aren’t actually under consideration.
 

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Love all the WFT “Euro” variants there at the bottom. They won’t win but it shows how far we’ve come as a soccer-appreciating culture that they’re even there. Personally, I think WFT itself has been gaining traction. They should keep that for a few years and let an informal nickname emerge organically, then lock it in. Kind of like how colleges wait and see where walking paths get worn on the quad, then pave them.
 

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Wow, they're going to permanently end up as WFT, aren't they?

Also, how does the XFL not own "Washington Defenders"? They started a football team called the DC Defenders and didn't also buy that name?
 

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Armada is a cool name, but it kinda feels like playing with fire. Most names of that ilk are cool (Magic, Heat, Thunder, etc.) but Armada isn't uniquely associated with DC (see: Mariners).

Belters, Brigade, and Commanders are all pretty sweet. I'm partial to Belters for the appropriate double entendre.

It should be WFT for a few more years, but Belters would be acceptable.
 

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Armada is a cool name, but it kinda feels like playing with fire. Most names of that ilk are cool (Magic, Heat, Thunder, etc.) but Armada isn't uniquely associated with DC (see: Mariners).

Belters, Brigade, and Commanders are all pretty sweet. I'm partial to Belters for the appropriate double entendre.

It should be WFT for a few more years, but Belters would be acceptable.
Magic (and Wizards) sucks. Heat is kinda lame too. (Everyone knows, it’s not the heat it’s the humidity)
DCFC and CCFC aren’t bad. The rest are mostly so banal what’s even the point?

Ok Wild Hogs is kinda cool to I guess.

the Washington Insiders.
 

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The Washington Capital Ists

seems so benign if you just call them the ists, but...

‘hooray Capital Ists!’

I mean, at least it’s honest.
 

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I find Washington Football Team a difficult name when it comes to making shorthand references to the team. I've resorted to calling them the "local team" in several conversations, which I found incredibly awkward.
 

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I find Washington Football Team a difficult name when it comes to making shorthand references to the team. I've resorted to calling them the "local team" in several conversations, which I found incredibly awkward.
Which is probably why “Washington Football Team” won’t stick, but a euro variant like Washington Football Club could. Then they could be Washington FC or Wash FC for for short. Feels a little more natural in everyday conversation and coverage.
 

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Tempt fate and go with Washington Generals. Storied history of the dubious kind, but major props for attempting a Lazurus.

Otherwise, I like Washington Football Club too. Washington FC just sounds cool.
 

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I find Washington Football Team a difficult name when it comes to making shorthand references to the team. I've resorted to calling them the "local team" in several conversations, which I found incredibly awkward.
Basically follow some of the British FCs and have their official name be WFT but their nickname be the Hogs or the Skins or as I suggested above the Wafflers
 

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I like Washington Football Team. I like even more Washington Football Club that would obviously be the Washington FC playing off of “soccer”.
 

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I am clearly in the minority on this one but I hate when U.S. teams use the European style "FC" even in MLS, so I'd really hate it for an (American) football team. Just seems very artificial and inauthentic.

Washington should just pick some generic animal like virtually every other team in the NFL and be done with it.
 

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I am clearly in the minority on this one but I hate when U.S. teams use the European style "FC" even in MLS, so I'd really hate it for an (American) football team. Just seems very artificial and inauthentic.
I tend to agree. The first US teams who used Euro style names were fairly clever (DC United, for example). But now that there are a ton of FCs it's become really bad. I think the worst is Real Salt Lake. Mind-numbingly dumb.
 
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I like how they went with Washington Majors ... not quite the Generals.
 

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I am clearly in the minority on this one but I hate when U.S. teams use the European style "FC" even in MLS, so I'd really hate it for an (American) football team. Just seems very artificial and inauthentic.

Washington should just pick some generic animal like virtually every other team in the NFL and be done with it.
Washington District Sox

or Wash’D Sox for short.

‘Like every other team’. You mean like the Patriots? browns? packers? 49’ers? saints? Jets Giants Cowboys Texans Vikings Oilers Bills Ravens (it’s nothing generic) Seahawks Broncos Dolphins (animals with context) ?

Picking some generic name sucks. It’s lame. Have some goddamn creativity about it, it makes things more fun.
 

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Given where we are in this country, and the ease with which it can be folded into existing schemes, I will never not be 100% behind Redtails
 

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Given where we are in this country, and the ease with which it can be folded into existing schemes, I will never not be 100% behind Redtails
I think this will be the winner. It sounds good, fits the moment, redresses somewhat the team’s history. I like the helmet logo that has a pilot‘s headphones on each side.
 

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I think WFT is fine, but whatever they do, I hope they keep numbers on the side of the helmets.
 

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It limits merchandising though. I mean what do you do, go with different fonts for you officially licensed merchandise every few years. .
What do other teams do? Like, the Patriots have changed their logo...once. What else are they doing to make it new and exciting?
and WFT could do things with maps, with George, with the monument or other DC icons...
 

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Anyone nominate the Athletic Club of the District of Columbia ... or simply AC/DC?