Online sleuths uncover Redskins successor

At least Keanu Reeves could end up liking the new nickname of Washington’s NFL team.

The former Redskins appear to strongly be considering becoming the Washington (or DC) Sentinels — the team name in Reeves’ 2000 football movie “The Replacements” — after a Reddit user discovered that the company which manages the website Redskins.com also recently registered for the domain name, DCSentinels.com.

Coincidentally, the movie, which features Gene Hackman as the head coach, was loosely based on the 1987 Redskins replacement players.

Potentially significant Washington name update;

User 'staticrush' on reddit has discovered that on July 15 2020, the same company that registers & manages "https://t.co/P96IFu1Jt9" registered a new domain.

"https://t.co/el6bjWNInD"

Comparison of the registration details here: pic.twitter.com/kzTq6NKnAx

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The XFL appeared to have also considered adopting the Sentinels moniker, having trademarked the name in 2019, before opting on becoming the DC Defenders, then watching the league fold for a second time.

Sentinels was seen as a long shot to replace the team’s decades-old racial slur. The Red Wolves have gained popularity among fans online, but Arkansas State currently holds the trademark rights to the name and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Tuesday the university has not had any discussions with Washington about the name.

The Washington Redskins have won three Super Bowl championships.Source:AFP

Calls to find a non-offensive name began decades ago, but Snyder, who purchased the team in 1999 that he rooted for as a child, dug in on the history of the organisation and the idea that it honoured Native American culture.

But when stadium title sponsor FedEx asked for a reconsideration and official uniform sponsor Nike pulled all merchandise from sale on its website, Snyder took a step toward change despite infamously saying only seven years ago that it would “never” happen.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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