Jeers and cheers: Greeting Washington's new Commanders
The new name of Washington's football team was met with jeers, some cheers — and a steady onslaught of mockery.
What they're saying: “I say to people, 'Give it a chance,’” said Super Bowl-winning Washington quarterback Joe Theismann on the Today Show unveiling. “Because social media's like, 'I don't like it.' Give it a chance to sort of sink in a little bit and I think you'll like it as much as we do."
Why it matters: The franchise's reboot is an attempt to re-energize a drained fanbase and the complicated politics behind building a new stadium.
- Hours after the rebranding was made official, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared: “The next chapter for the Washington Commanders should be a return to winning, right here in D.C.”
- But D.C. Council members shot back, with the chair telling the Washington Post he doesn't want the city paying for a new stadium. He added he's troubled by allegations of sexual harassment within the organization.
- A group of Virginia politicians met with team executives late last year to consider plans for a move to Loudoun or Prince William counties, the Post reported.
Driving the memes: Some are delighted to riff the name and call it the Washington Commies.
- It's already fodder for fight songs:
♫ Hail to the Commies
Comrades on the Warpath
Fight the bourgeoisie ♫— Twitter user @StuScottBooyahs
- There are graphics with divisive owner Dan Snyder transposed as a strongman Supreme Leader figure.
- A Virginia high-speed-rail advocate opposed to taxpayers footing a new stadium dug in:
The bottom line: More than anything else, on-field success will determine the popularity of the franchise. It becomes much easier to root for the Commanders if they start winning.
More Washington D.C. stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Washington D.C..