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After years of owner Dan Snyder claiming “We’ll never change the name,” it was just announced by the NFL team from Washington, D.C. that their nickname and logo will change from the controversial “Redskins” to a more generic “Washington Football Team” for the 2020 season.
A permanent replacement name and logo will be determined before next year, but for the upcoming season they will use the nickname “Football Team” and have instead of the Indian head logo on the helmets they will go with the player’s jersey number.
So what that means for you football gamblers is that the true name of the team is still up for grabs (and therefore bets can still be placed!), so here we list the predictions and odds of the top possible picks and briefly examine the favorite.
Odds taken from Casino.org.
|New Team Name for Washington Redskins||Odds|
|Americans / Memorials / Monuments||+1000|
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook. Click on the odds to place a bet on DraftKings.
|Washington Football Team Futures||Odds|
|Super Bowl Win||+10000|
|Playoffs – Yes||+550|
|Playoffs – No||-835|
Keep in mind the odds in these wagers will shift plenty of times before the actual games are played, so be sure to check back here often to get all the latest numbers.
The name “Redtails” is said to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American and Caribbean-born military pilots, both fighter and bomber types, who fought together in World War II, a time when people of color were typically not allowed to hold such critical positions due to the Jim Crow laws then in place.
992 pilots were trained in Tuskegee, Alabama and other locations, and together the group served honorably, going on 1,578 total combat missions and earning three Distinguished Unit Citations, at least one Silver Star, 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals and 8 Purple Hearts.
The possible team name “Redtail” comes from the unique look of the airplanes the Tuskegee Airmen flew, which were World War II fighter aircraft that included P-47’s that had their tail fin painted bright red, which became known as Red Tails, and P-51 bombers with a red band around their noses and their rudders.
The name “Redskins” was coined back in 1932 when the team went from playing games at Braves Field, where they were known as the Boston Braves, to playing at Fenway Park, when the name was changed to the Boston Redskins.
The Redskins moved to Washington D.C. in 1937 and has been there ever since, and with regards to their ever-controversial nickname, in 2013 Washington owner Dan Snyder told USA Today:
We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.
But once the team’s major sponsors, primarily FedEx, Nike, and Pepsi all began pressuring the team to change its designation, it was only a matter of time before financial concerns forced Snyder the businessman into changing his mind.
There has been an ongoing campaign called “Change the Mascot” organized by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, and they say Native American leaders representing more than 70 percent of the nation’s tribal population is against the using the name “Redskins.”
This quote from Ray Halbritter, the head of the Change the Mascot campaign expresses some of the pain this team nickname has caused:
This is a good decision for the country — not just Native peoples — since it closes a painful chapter of denigration and disrespect toward Native Americans and other people of color.
Future generations of Native youth will no longer be subjected to this offensive and harmful slur every Sunday during football season.
Unfortunately for fans of the team, the new name doesn’t change the fact that the odds (see above) are against their 2020 season being a winning one.
Pick: Take the Redtails – the current political climate makes choosing a tribute to military veterans of color more likely.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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