Politico's unique alternative for Redskins name

Hey Washington football fans, how does this sound to you: "Now playing for the Ronald Reagans …"

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, believes renaming the Burgundy and Gold after the nation's iconic 40th president is a "great idea."

"The former Redskins can be the Ronald Reagans on winning years and the Nancy Reagans on losing years," Norquist told BuzzFeed. "Unless that gets us in more trouble elsewhere."

The pressure is on for Washington's NFL team to get rid of the Redskins name after a federal board canceled six trademark registrations. Owner Daniel Snyder and the team will appeal. Norquist told BuzzFeed the notion of renaming the football team to honor Reagan would be "fun to consider," but he's not exactly serious.

Norquist is known in political circles as a conservative activist who has made taxes his enemy. But he's also a fervent Reagan fan and has been on a quest since 1997 to honor Ronald Reagan by getting landmarks, roads, buildings and — yes — an airport named after Reagan.

Think about it: Robert Griffin III and his teammates suit up next year twice against longtime rival Dallas Cowboys. Renaming the team after Reagan gives new meaning to the phrase, "Win one for the Gipper," doesn't it?


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