No, I’m not talking about Gilbert Arenas. It seems that Ted Leonsis, the new owner of the Washington Wizards, is considering returning the franchise back to its old name–The Washington Bullets. From ESPN:
Leonsis said it was intentional that the new designs and logos make no reference to the theme of Wizards other than the actual name written across the home jersey. The next step, it would seem, would be to go ahead and change the nickname back to Bullets.
Leonsis has looked into a name change and didn’t rule it out, but he described it as a laborious process that can take up to three years because of intricate intellectual property issues.
“This is what we’ve done. It took a year to do,” Leonsis said. “We can’t change the name — changing the name changes the IP. That’s a really, really big process. I think this was a very dramatic pivot for the franchise.”
The Bullets originally became the Wizards because of owner Abe Pollin’s desire to distance the team from images of guns and violence. “In 1995, owner Abe Pollin announced he was changing the team’s name because Bullets had acquired violent overtones that had made him increasingly uncomfortable over the years, particularly given the high homicide and crime rate in the early 1990s in Washington, D.C.”
Well, with District of Columbia v. Heller, and a return of the right to keep and bear arms to our nation’s capital, this move makes sense. There has certainly been a perceptible change in our culture towards the Second Amendment since 1995.
I’m waiting for the anti-gunners to react.
Let’s go Bullets!