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All things nb a ish on a Thursday today, Obviously, the MBA is back underway officially as we can as we can feel it with the scrimmages happening.
If you're Brooklyn Nets fan like myself, maybe you wish they had a little bit more time to get themselves ready for the bubble with that unfortunate NB action that we got to watch last evening with them losing by 32 the Falcons.
But, hey, it's scrimmage, so it's OK.
But around the bubble, obviously, players were getting a chance to interact with one another a little bit, getting to enjoy themselves, hopefully a little bit.
And as LeBron chimed in along with one Brooklyn net, who won't be down in the bubble won't be on the court until next season.
And that's Kevin Durant.
Ah, the reason why we say MBA ish right is because over there in the NFL side of things, we know that on the serious side of that, a lot of things are changing around the country and there's a lot more awareness now and one of those things that has changed is that the Washington football team will now be the Washington football team.
The the the old name of that NFL squad will no longer be used or in the process of taking it awful of their social medial, their websites, all the uniforms renaming their practice field, etcetera, etcetera.
And they said they were going behind closed doors along with Ron Rivera, who was helming this ship now and in his first year before he's even coach.
Ah, game for the Washington football team.
He's already behind the closed doors, trying to make really franchise altering decisions.
And after much deliberation and conversation, they went ahead and they landed on the Washington football team.
That is what they're going to go into the 2020 season being known as, Ah, And as you would expect, this got some reactions from people around the sports.
Some reaction from players on even some reactions from the bubble.
Kevin Durant, who is a Washington fan.
Ah, he came out and utilized the Anthony Mackie just that little is itself of like an interview that he did around probably of the Winter Soldier, something along those lines of the Marvel movies, but it's just that slow blink of the eyes and a blank stare to which he actually caught.
He got some back and forth going there with, uh, with LeBron James just walking back.
Start just waking up from, ah, my pregame nap to see about the Washington football team.
Just a lot of laughing. Emojis.
Ah, thorough, intense long board meeting about that one.
So these guys just enjoy themselves a little bit.
He said he was going to check in on his body Kevin Durant after that, but figure you didn't want to be bothered at the moment.
Um, listen, on the one hand, you know that it's a positive thing.
They're changing this name.
It's a positive thing that they're moving away from this.
Um, and listen, they have holders have problems outside of the name of the Washington football team off.
I I guess if I if I want to give the Washington football team a little bit of wiggle room, it is that they were They are under the pressure all call.
Oh, but, um er the constraints of names already being owned, right? So one of the things that I always wish I would do is when you hear a new franchises opening up, you want to immediately go and try to get all the rights to all of those names by, let's say, the red tails, which is a possible name for the for the Washington football team going forward, you want to go by red tails dot com, right? You wanna have ownership of that so that they had to come to you and try to bargain and barter in order to get that back, Get that name back so they can utilize it for all of their all of their needs.
Now that that's a think that technically is, what they're reporting is is the hang up here in the issue is that it's hard to get into those conversations and procure the name you may want.
Make sure you can get the Instagram Twitter.
Social media handles the websites all of those things.
So in lieu of that, they're just going to other gonna remove the locals from helmets.
They're going to slap the numbers up there, and I guess, ah, they're just going to go out there and be the Washington football team, and I wonder if they have Germany.
I mentioned the red tails and e I people that they have the hogs.
That was That's part of the nickname The fan base there.
Why don't you go the Washington Warthogs? It just rolls off the tongue.
I know that's probably one of the ones that somebody bought up.
But if you're if you're Kevin Durant, if you're LeBron James looking from afar and this feels like, you know, on the heels of the NFL having to come to some agreements with players about safety Ah, they just got rid of their preseason.
So you're not going to see any preseason games this year.
They are ever chugging forward towards the conclusion.
But if you're LeBron James, if you're Kevin Durant of your N B A players and you, you look over and see what's happening in the NFL.
You doesn't take long to go back to the L A Clippers and what went on there with ownership and how that was a fairly swift and quick change, of course, for them in terms of forcing out an owner, you know, obviously it's different than just changing a name, but Dan Schneider has some other issues going on for himself.
Outside of just the name of this franchise and just stability, right? It probably has to feel pretty good to be a professional athlete and not be on that team.
Dwayne Haskins can't be having a good time right now.
I'll put it that way, and I know you just kind of kind of rolled.
But they also gave me having a good time.
That's Ron Rivera, Um, likewise, for players or for athletes.
I bet if you're Joe Judge for the New York Giants in that division or if you're Mike McCarthy for Dallas or, you know, if you're there, Philadelphia were You know, if you're Gregg Popovich in the MBA, right? I think you have to be just thankful that you didn't take a job no matter what level you're at a.
But to come into a job like that shot out to Dakota, Thank you for checking in with us on the broadcast team.
If you're Ron Rivera and you take that job, you come from the Panthers.
You have a long track record, a lot of success.
You come in there, your chance to put your your hands on this franchise and really take control of it.
I can't imagine you thought that within the first few months of your tenure you be dealing with these types of issues and really being the most respected voice out of that franchise and having to kind of carry the load and answer some of the difficult questions around it.
What was seeing Dakota in here? Let's go ahead and run it up the flagpole.
Why don't make as we try out a couple of these fun new features that we can do here on SportsCastr, one of them being the poll questions? What should Washington's name be? We'll go ahead and try to fire this one out here.
Well, say one of the things, Ah, that I struggle with his typing and talking at the same time.
Walking and chewing gum.
Don't worry about me, but this is a little bit different.
Let's go ahead and throw out a couple, right? Let's get Ah, get my my personal favorite up there.
Let's get one that's been out there in the media.
Ah, and and let's try to go off board What will be another interesting option of for the Washington.
Well, there was another one there that's already there in Golden State.
I'm gonna leave warriors off this list.
Let's go with have the waves.
That's little to ocean.
I'm running off the top of my head right here.
I don't think that's a good one either, though You know what we're gonna put in. Let's put in the warriors.
You can go ahead and give it a shot if you want 60 seconds on the clock.
If you're tuning in with us live, we've got three up there for you.
Go ahead and put your selections.
Either this directly over to the Washington football team.
Ah, at their headquarters.
They get this information directly from May.
So we'll take a look and see how the pulse of the people feel on this one.
At the end of the day.
Kevin Durant and LeBron James having a couple chuckles there down in the bubble and on that note as well, it does seem like there is this this fun atmosphere going on down there in Orlando.
Nobody's taking things too seriously.
Everyone feels like, um, you know, there's opportunities to enjoy yourself a little bit. Yes, Dakota.
Well, there you go.
So the Dakota, you can chime in on there with the red tails.
That's the one that that people initially thought about paying a little bit of of, ah, respect to the African American fighter fighter pilots from the past Washington football team. He had.
It does feel, ah, epically lazy to have only gotten that far.
Even if you don't have name rights and you can't get yourself branded properly, there has to have been something that you could have done here just to make it.
I mean, heck, why not do it? The Washington Haskins at this point, right? Just just name it after your franchise, kid, that your hope is gonna be the quarterback.
You lead the charge on this one.
It looks like that should be the official name for the Washington football team.
In the meantime, they're gonna play underneath that title.
As I said, all logo's removed will be the numbers on the side of the helmets.
I will say, if you want to go silver lining here, um, you know, if you want to go silver lining you can say that they actually do. You look nice.
The uniforms look good like they are going to be.
Ah, little bit monochromatic in some ways because that deep maroon just that gold yellow on the side of the helmet so visually you're going to enjoy yourself.
It just maybe a little bit weird, especially for broadcasters to try to get that.
And you say, just as Washington scores a touchdown as Washington kicks off, but saying as Washington kicks off from Washington, as as Washington trails, you know it's going to be an interesting one to go through as well.
Yeah, exactly 100% Dakota.
Yeah, the color.
The color scheme is going to stay the same, especially if you think about that transition over over to the red tails.
And that's somewhat why people are thinking that direction is not gonna be a total rebrand.
You're still going to get toe aware all of your traditional Washington football team colors and then for coming into the next year, then they can go ahead and just take off some numbers from helmets and throw some locals on, so that's gonna be nice as well.
And there's an opportunity here, right? Some people have pointed out to the idea of If you want to think about Native Americans in this situation, and how can you better pay respect to their culture and their history? That's certainly an opportunity.
Obviously, with everything going on, uh, in the country right now in the black lives matter movement and just a social movement in general for equality across the board, it feels like there's a great opportunity there as well.
What I will say is that the only thing not to turn not to turn this thing on its head here.
But the one thing that I would like to see is, well, no matter what route you go, it can't just be in name that you make this transition.
It needs to be, ah, dedication, right to just uplifting whatever that history is on, whatever that culture is so having areas of the stadium areas around the city that just go ahead and bring attention to and highlight the red tails.
If that's the way you want to go, highlight whatever.
You may end up calling the name if it has a connection to a group or a culture over the course of history.
So that's gonna be interesting to do.
And I think they'd be better off doing that as opposed to.
Maybe I don't want to skirting it, but just going with, say, the Washington Senators or something along those lines.
So you know, in that regard, it's gonna be interesting to see the direction that they do take.
It will wait with bated breath.
In the meantime, if you are a Washington football team fan, unfortunately, I think you're just gonna have to deal with taking some slings and arrows from the likes of LeBron James and K D and and some other athletes and people in general around social media until you get yourself back on track.
But the beautiful part is, once you get back on track, you all get to put behind you.
All of those things being said, though, if I was just pulling it out out of out of the blue, the the warthogs to me, you know, the Washington Warthogs just such a such a gritty, you know, dirty down in the mud kind of name.
As a Giants fan, I guess maybe I'm also trying to sandbag them a little bit and send some town of pad path as you have.
Ah, bore of some kind on the side of the helmet.
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