After playing two seasons under the "Washington Football Team" moniker, today (2/2/22), the Washington Football Team née Washington Redskins née Boston Redskins née Boston Braves officially announced their new name: The Washington Commanders.
I'm not here to talk about how much of a dumpster fire this organization is, regardless of whatever they call themselves.
Or how terrible the new name is. Like truly awful. It almost makes Pelicans and Guardians look good. ALMOST.
I know creativity isn't the NFL's thing...
I'm here to talk about respect (and also sort of shit on how Washington is a dumpster fire). If you've been following my NFL playoff picks (NBD, I've been on Bengals ML the last two weeks), you know that I'm a stickler for the league year. See, the NFL doesn't use basic logic like the NBA or NHL and hyphenate their seasons that cross into two calendar years. Instead, they confuse people by crowning a champion the year after the season/league year but refer to them as the league year champion. I'm a football guy so I respect the league year. Plus, as someone who always starts a new year, new me diet, but struggles balancing it with football season; it's perfect. My new year diet starts when the new LEAGUE year begins. Any failed attempt beforehand doesn't count. It's still 2021 until mid-March. If you're confused, you're not alone.
Let's use the Patriots as an example. Even though they won Super Bowl XXXVI in February 2002, they were champions for the 2001 season. Same with 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, and 2018 even though they technically won those Super Bowls in 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, and 2019. The banners at Gillette acknowledge the former.
I know it's been a while, but Washington has won three Super Bowls; Super Bowl XVII over the Dolphins, Super Bowl XXII over the Broncos, and Super Bowl XXVI over the Bills. Joe Gibbs led the then Redskins to three Super Bowl victories in 10 years with three different quarterbacks, something the league will likely never see again. Those championships were for the 1982, '87, and '91 seasons respectively. Washington also won two pre-Super Bowl championships in 1937 and 1942.
But if you look at the Commanders new shield logo...maybe they should've gone with the Washington Wrong Years?
How do you fuck this up??
I don't know if this is a lack of respect for the league year, trying to stretch shit out to make it look like they've won a ring more recently, or just good ole fashion incompetence? Either way, it's a terrible look for a terrible franchise. You literally lost the 1983 season's Super Bowl....handily (s/o rocket screen). In their defense, they only had two years to develop this rebrand and get their facts straight.