Some internet sleuthing led to endless jokes about Keanu Reeves and “The Replacements” on Wednesday morning.
Washington’s NFL team is still searching for a nickname after retiring the old one after years of controversy. Trademark issues might be holding up an announcement of a new name. Then there was an unexpected candidate revealed.
A Reddit user found that the same entity that runs “Redskins.com” had registered the domain “DCSentinels.com.” Sentinels was the name of the fictional team in the fictional 2000 movie “The Replacements,” starring Reeves.
Hence, the jokes. “Sentinels” was trending on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
‘Sentinels’ would throw back to a popular movie
Following trademark filings or new website domains isn’t always an accurate way of solving puzzles like this, but there hasn’t been any other news out of Washington on the nickname change.
It’s the furthest thing from official, but at least somewhat interesting:
Potentially significant Washington name update;— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) July 22, 2020
User 'staticrush' on reddit has discovered that on July 15 2020, the same company that registers & manages "https://t.co/P96IFu1Jt9" registered a new domain.
Comparison of the registration details here: pic.twitter.com/kzTq6NKnAx
It didn’t take long for people to make the connection to the old football comedy about a group of replacement players led by quarterback Shane Falco, played by Reeves.
If they seriously go with Sentinels I am getting a Falco jersey.— Bryan Weaver (@BryanWeaverDC) July 22, 2020
Washington continues to search for a new nickname
Warriors and RedTails had been considered the favorites to be Washington’s new nickname. Perhaps the trademark issues or other factors have team owner Daniel Snyder to look elsewhere.
With one of the 32 NFL teams operating without a nickname as teams get set to report to training camp, we wait and wonder what it will be. Internet detectives will be on the case in trying to find out the new name.
More from Yahoo Sports: