Miami University RedHawks trolls Washington NFL team on Twitter
JUN 18, 2014 1:20p ET
Hiyooooo! The Miami University Redhawks -- of Division I Mid-American Conference fame -- trolled the Washington Redskins.
In case you missed it, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office ruled that its team name is not subject to trademark protection due to its derogatory nature toward Native Americans.
Sweet burn by Miami (of Ohio) but it's actually not a straight troll like many users on Twitter who were offering new names: the school has one of the oldest football programs in the country, dating to 1888 when the mascot was the Redskins. A page titled "Mascot Story" on the RedHawks website reads:
Much like many other places where similar controversies arose, emotions ran high on this issue and it was a long, arduous 25-year process that led to the change from Miami Redskins to Miami Redhawks. Over a century of time passed from the start of Miami's first football game in 1888 until the name change occurred in 1997-98.
The school also explains that in 1971, Miami President Phillip R. Shriver began to consider complaints about the school's mascot.
Shriver consulted the Athletic Advisory Board and that body's general belief was that the use of Miami University's Indian symbols, '"if produced and used as authentically and as proudly as possible, can be truly honorific and not in any sense derogatory." Their final suggestion indicated that a nickname change would need to be made by a vote of the student body.
Money talks, and now that Washington's NFL team will lose trademark protection and thus merchandising power, maybe team owner Daniel Snyder will finally listen.
Put it up to the team's fans, Miami's student body, Twitter, anyone -- to pick a new team name.