Canton, Ohio (STT News) - News has been rife with reports of the Washington Redskins changing their franchise moniker due to negativity assumed by so many on the name. But it isn't just DC under the gun.
While the league is carefully trying to keep the lid on this, there is a powerful move to change the name of the New Orleans' franchise, as well. A league contact who chose to remain unnamed, offered this, "The city of New Orleans has one of the highest crime rates of any population its size in the nation. In fact, since 2005 and Hurricane Katrina, 60% of the metropolitan area has been taken over by street gangs, a percentage almost as high as Detroit."
The NFL contact went on to express concern that while the name, 'Lions', does tend to fit the street situation in the Motor City, the 'Saints' in no way represents life down on the delta crescent. One name being considered is the 'T'aints' but local football fans are still tender after decades of their own fan base calling the home team, the 'Aints'.
"Winning has been good for the city but the team was also caught paying players to injure opponents." he said. "We have to take all things into consideration, even when it hurts."
As of right now, one new logo that would represent the team if called the 'T'aints', would consist of an alligator eating a former Saints logo. "We feel that it is more than appropriate. It's just a matter of getting the street gangs and the drunks from the Quarter to sign on."