Sunday, August 02, 2020

Gridiron's Quick Edit

As I have written a few times over the past few weeks, I've been buying American football yearbooks despite having a concern that the season might not happen. 

One of the magazines from my shopping list is the British publication - Gridiron.

Gridiron 2020 Annual

I bought the yearbook direct from the publishers. It arrived this past Wednesday along with the Marc Lawrence Playbook annual for 2020. The first thing I noticed, when I leafed through - after opening the envelope - was how good a job they did at editing a certain thing.

It was only recently that the Washington team has felt the need (or rather been pressured) to rebrand from its Redskins name and logo due it being offensive to Native Americans.

The page for Washington doesn't have the former team logo and name. Instead it looks like this:

Gridiron 2020 Annual - Washington's Page

To contrast, here's what the Arizona Cardinals' page looks like:

Gridiron 2020 Annual - Arizona's Page

I believe it's safe to surmise that this is the only 2020 season preview book that will have the adjustment because every other title I can think of must have gone to press and hit the shelves long before Washington's owners revealed its intention to rebrand.

Gridiron's publishers did well in the little time it had to change things before it hit the press. I for sure wouldn't have thought anything negative had the pages still referred to the team as the Redskins because I would have assumed they didn't have time to edit the content before going to press.

For this season, the franchise will be known as 'The Washington Football Team'. A new name and logo will be revealed at a later date. 

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