Once I heard that name, I knew there was nothing to it. Yet many in the media ran with the story, after TMZ reported that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s neighbor Aris Mardirossian trademarked that name. Which led some to speculate that Snyder was planning to change Redskins to Bravehearts.
If this had even an ounce of truth to it, then wouldn’t film director Mel Gibson have something to say about it? As the name is taken from his academy award-winning movie. And what exactly is a Braveheart any way? Is this referring to ancient Scottish warriors, or just a person with a brave heart?
And just when the story started to catch fire, people had to turn right around and report the news was false. As Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie quickly let it be known that the Redskins had nothing to do with this trademark, and that Snyder didn’t even know Aris Mardirossian.
Now I have been one to state that the Redskins should indeed change their name. But I can imagine something a lot better than the Washington Bravehearts. Some have suggested the name “Washington Warriors”. And while that name makes sense given the significance of the military to Washington D.C.
But I’m sure some people wouldn’t want a reference to “war” in the name, and besides there is already an NBA team named the Warriors. How about a name close to that, like the “Washington Sentinels”? Definition of (Sentinel) – a soldier stationed as a guard to challenge all comers and prevent a surprise attack: to stand sentinel.