A new name in Sentinels comes with new responsibility

Sentinel, verb: to watch over.
Merriam Webster Dictionary

A new name has popped up as a potential front runner for the Washington Football Club. It was pointed out this morning by Chad Ryan that those that put in for the domain name ‘Redskins.com’ have also registered for ‘DCSentinels.com.’

When this process began in early July, the name Sentinels was a long shot. Part of that was due to the 2000 movie The Replacements featuring a ragtag group of misfit football players crossing a picket line at their one shot to play in the pros for the…Washington Sentinels. Sorry folks, but we likely won’t get to see Shane Falco or Clifford Franklin. However, I do expect Dustin Hopkins and future kickers to do Nigel Gruff’s dance after game winning field goals.

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What is a Sentinel?

For those that want to jump on not liking ‘Sentinels,’ consider what this name represents.

For those that may not know, at Arlington Cemetery you have one member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment that protects the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They are known as a ‘Sentinel’ watching over this sobering representation of those that were brutally killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

The Sentinels that are on patrol are a part of the most prestigious posts in the U.S. military. They go through a highly selective process which includes rigorous training and examination that can be found at the Arlington National Cemetery website.

The discipline and judgement of a Sentinel falls right in line with what head coach Ron Rivera is expecting out of his players and the organization. The name will be a perfect fit for the region. It can tie back to Indigenous people who watch over their traditions and history and ensure it gets passed down through each generation. And it can live on for as long as an owner wants it to.

If Sentinels is what they ultimately go with, the organization has knocked it out of the park.

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