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  1. I think Red Tails is an outstanding name. For one, the red-tailed hawk is also known as a red tail. There is a strong connection between a Red Tail and Washington. The red-tailed hawk is very common in the city and it the most common raptor in all of the USA. That piercing "eagle" cry that people associate with the bald eagle? Actually, it's a red-tailed hawk. Every sports team in DC uses an eagle in their logo. As their nearest rival is called the Eagles, an eagle is not an option for the Washington football team. Two, red is the color of the city and the main color of every major professional sports team in the city. Three, feathers have been part of the team identity since the beginning. Using a bird in the team identity enables them to link with team tradition. Four, the Tuskegee Airmen are a very appropriate legacy for this exact team to honor. The creation of a black air unit was ordered from Washington. And the Tuskegee Airmen were an important part of desegregating major American institutions like the NFL by being an example of how blacks were equally capable of achieving elite success. The NFL was desegregated only one year after WWII, by the LA Rams. Like DC itself, the Washington football team has a horrible history of racial insensitivity. Former-owner George Prescott Marshall was the last team owner to integrate in all of the big three leagues. Marshall thought his team was the team of the White South. During the beginning of the civil rights movement, the lyrics in "Hail to the Redskins" was officially changed from "Fight for Ol' DC" to "Fight for Ol' Dixie". The lyrics were only changed back when Jack Kent Cooke became part of the ownership. To go from the Redskins to Red Tails honors American history and military success, a theme in DC professional sports culture. It honors the city's main demographic group and how the city has itself gone from a bastion of white supremacy to a city proud of its African-American identity. Lastly, Red Tails can appeal to all fans. It is a unique name, unlike Warriors or Red Wolves or Red Hawks. It is also capable of being different things to different groups... an animal, member of our armed forces, or a connection to the team's former identity. Real, unique, indigenous and specific animal names work better than generic ones. Think Diamondback vs. Snake, or Terrapin vs. Turtle, or Seahawk vs. Hawk, or Bengal (not indigenous of course) vs. Tiger, or Oriole vs. Bird, or Marlin vs. Fish. MOD EDIT: Let's keep the party politics out of it.
  2. Simple uniform proposal: keep uniforms exactly as they are but swap out this logo for the one currently on the helmet and remove the team name from the chest. The brighter red will only be part of the team identity as a feather color. This is consistent with team history where a. the brownish color of the Native American's skin-tone only appears on the team's primary logo and nowhere else, and b. the 1959-1964 helmet was also maroon with a bright red on the feather. This is a simple edit in Paint so the angle, placement and size of the logo are slightly off. The feather is supposed to be from a red-tailed hawk. A more skilled and less hurried attempt at redesigning this logo would make the feather a bit rounder and wider, like the Red Tail's actual tail feather.
  3. I think the white jerseys look best when paired with the all-blue cap and the all-blue jerseys look best with the white panel cap... even though I know this wouldn't jibe with the team's uniform history. The same goes with the Orioles and their jersey combos. There's just too much white with white tops, bottoms and the panel.
  4. The blue, black and yellow look great. I think the design looks good aesthetically but the lightening bolt looks way too much like the double lightning Nazi SS insignia to be appropriate for a jersey in my opinion. The insignia not only represents a historical atrocity but is used by white supremacists in the US to this day.
  5. Great design and execution. I have one quibble though... while I love the DC flag as part of any DC sport team identity, I think the way the flag is juxtaposed near the Capitol is off. The DC flag doesn't fly above the Capitol but the flag and stick combo behind the building sort of give that impression. The DC flag above the US Capitol doesn't seem right to me. But I don't think having a US flag motif instead would be correct either as it is a DC team not Team USA. Is there a way to weave in the flag design into the logo without actually have a flag itself (the way the primary does)? Also, wouldn't the city name text pop more if it were white, like the team name?
  6. Some thoughts about the Knicks concept... The apple as part of the Knicks logo is not a bad idea. And it is fine to change colors of a team in a rebrand. But orange and blue are not only long time colors of the Knicks as well as the colors of the city's flag, but they also are the Dutch national colors. The Knickerbocker name specifically references New York's Dutch history so changing the colors would be a poor choice for this team. If the apple can't be made to work, removing it would be a minor loss as the apple already is associated with another orange and blue NY sports team and the apple itself is only a minor symbol of NY among many. The 76ers logo is pretty nice, although it sort of looks like the Sixers are yet another entrant in the 2016 Presidential election.
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