Did Joe Theismann just spoil Washington’s name reveal?
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Football Team era is drawing to a close.
Come Wednesday morning, the organization will drop its current nickname and announce a new moniker, logo and uniforms.
For the last several weeks, fans have scoured the internet for insight into Washington’s plans. Between defective links to the team website and print shops producing “Red Hogs” apparel, it feels like a new frontrunner has been appointed multiple times since the Feb. 2 reveal was confirmed.
Throughout the process, though, it’s clear that “Commanders” has been the prohibitive favorite. Certain folks think Washington is trying to throw everyone off the scent of its real plans, but former quarterback Joe Theismann debunked that conspiracy theory in one fell swoop on Monday morning.
During an appearance on “The D.A. Show” of CBS Sports Radio, Theismann very casually revealed that Commanders is the pick.
Did Joe Theismann spoil the Washington Football Team’s name reveal?
"“A Commander, basically, it’s Washington D.C.,” said Theismann. “A lot of commanders in Washington D.C., in the Pentagon and a lot of different branches of the service. So to me, that’s really the way I’m looking at it, as positions of leadership when it comes to the new name.”"
There’s a lot to unpack here. Was Theismann merely endorsing Commanders as his preferred selection? Or was the former Super Bowl champ taking the name across the finish line because he’s been informed of Washington’s decision?
That’s open for interpretation, but like we said earlier, it’s easy to connect the dots on why Commanders is leading the proverbial polls.
Just last week, the internet domain name Commanders.com was reassigned. Back in January, Washington might have tipped its hand during a video promoting the name change. In the clip, paperwork (that wasn’t blurred out for some reason) very clearly showed designs for a potential Commanders logo.
The ever-reliable process of elimination bodes well for Commanders, too.
Of course, Warriors was removed from consideration because it “too closely aligns with Native American themes,” as president Jason Wright put it. Much to the chagrin of Charles Leno, Red Wolves is out of the race due to copyright concerns, and longtime Washington radio personality Kevin Sheehan understands that the “Football Team” moniker is no longer in contention.
Again, we’re not saying Theismann is right or wrong.
We’re merely connecting the dots that lead to Commanders as the pick. Theismann spoke of the other options in the past tense (peep the 15-second mark of the video) and didn’t even try to pretend like he was hiding something.
Whatever the case, Theismann has really stuck his neck out there with these comments and we’ll know by Wednesday morning — barring any further unforeseen leaks by team legends, that is — if he’s right or wrong.