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Pros & Cons Of Top Washington Football Team Name Options

  • The Draft Network
  • August 20, 2021
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Washington Football Team Name Options

At last, we are inching closer to Washington having a less generic name than the “Football Team” they’ve been known as since last season. We will continue to call the franchise the Washington Football Team through the 2021 campaign, but there are some recently revealed options for what the official name will be in the future. The possibility of outcomes is wide-ranging, ferocious, and honestly, a lot of fun. Washington is reportedly only strongly considering three of eight potential names, but further details are wisely being kept under wraps for now as they let the general public’s imaginations run wild. 

Let’s offer up a case for and against each choice presented.

WASHINGTON ARMADA

What we like: I mean, it would certainly be… unique? I’ll admit I didn’t care for this one until I learned the meaning behind it. Armada is a Spanish and Portuguese word for “Naval Fleet.” That’s pretty damn cool if you ask me.

What we don’t like: The Washington Armada doesn’t exactly roll off of the tongue. It’s kind of awkward. I get why it was brought up in the first place and it’s pretty creative, but we’ll pass on this one.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

What we like: We’re starting to see a theme here. Washington is obviously hoping to put teams around the league on notice with their next nickname, and this one is pretty savage. I mean, the Commanders? It’s definitely daunting.

What we don’t like: Pretty much every option on this list is aggressive in nature or refers to a military rank. There are better names listed here with similar meanings. Pass.

WASHINGTON REDWOLVES

What we like: OK, now we’re talking. This might be THE ONE, y’all. The RedWolves? I’m here for it. 10/10 name. I’m intimidated just saying it.

What we don’t like: They’re just getting away from a name that started with “Red.” Maybe we should make a clean break from that altogether. Also, there’s already a Chattanooga-based soccer club with the name RedWolves. With that said, I’m kind of here for a “beef” between the Washington RedWolves and the Chattanooga Red Wolves.

WASHINGTON BRIGADE

What we like: This is pretty bad-ass. A brigade is a major tactical military formation. Just imagine the possibilities that exist here with the logo, which is obviously the most important detail of a new name. I’d love to see TDN’s super-talented Rob Judin take a crack at this one.

What we don’t like: Similar to our beef with the Armada option, it just doesn’t sound right. Some of the best nicknames in sports have an exciting flow to them. This one doesn’t hit me in the feels.

WASHINGTON DEFENDERS

What we like: This one is pretty bold. A team named “The Defenders” sounds like the loudest bunch in the room.

What we don’t like: Wasn’t there already a Washington-based football team called The DC Defenders? Did anyone do their research?

WASHINGTON PRESIDENTS

What we like: I guess it’s historically accurate. The White House is in Washington. The president lives there. Don’t yell at me, these are just the facts.

What we don’t like: Borrrrringgggg. Is there a more bland name on this list? I think not.

WASHINGTON REDHOGS

What we like: I’m going to be honest with you. I love this one just as much as I love the RedWolves option. Only one of these is probably being seriously considered due to their similarities, but I wouldn’t be mad at it. Not at all. A RedHog? That’s FIERCE.

What we don’t like: What the heck is a RedHog? I’m not gonna lie to you, I knew I liked it, but I had to look up its meaning. I imagine I’m not the only one that didn’t immediately understand it and that’s never a good sign for branding purposes.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

What we like: I’ve kind of gotten used to it. I thought it was hilarious at first, but I’ve grown to appreciate how direct it is.

What we don’t like: I mean, c’mon. We didn’t go through this entire process just to stick with this name, did we?

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