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Yeah, I’m Gonna Have To Call You Back: Changes and Support

The Washington Football team, Red for Tiger Woods, and Renee Montgomery.

Photo by Alex Nahorniak-Svenski/NBAE via Getty Images

Changes in Washington

The Washington Football Team has undergone a change in identity, for the better, and they’ve decided to fully embrace this opportunity to rebrand. After 50 years, Washington has moved to discontinue its cheerleading squad, and develop a coed dance team.

Washington has chosen to become more ‘modern’ as their senior advisor, Petra Pope, stated. This will make the Football Team the first to incorporate a more ‘top notch’ performance, than the standard choreographed dances usually give NFL fans. Pope is aiming for more athletic chorography and a more eventful performance like those seen in basketball. Pope is known for her extravagant performances form her work with the NBA. She started working with the New York Nicks in 1991 and finished her NBA entertainment career with the Brooklyn Nets in 2015.

While the switch does come amid controversy, I think this is a new era of NFL cheerleading that we will start to see among the other 31 teams.

Red to Support

About a week ago Tiger Woods was involved in a solo rollover car accident in California. The golfer had been on the road to recovery from a back surgery, and is now healing from compound ankle and foot injuries.

Following the crash, a copious amount of support was tweeted, shared, and reposted by other golfers as well as fans. The support continued into the Workday Championship in Florida when various golfers wore Tiger’s signature red color as a sign of support and respect.

Renee Montgomery and Firsts

Former WNBA Player, Renee Montgomery, has chosen to direct her talents down another path. She was drafted in the first round in 2009 to the Minnesota Lynx, and has led the team to championships in 2015 and 2017 since then. Montgomery has played with several teams over her 11 seasons including most recently 2 seasons with the Atlanta Dream. She took a step back from playing with Atlanta in 2020 amid social justice issues and the ongoing pandemic. The former Atlanta Dream Point Guard has decided to retire, but not for a reason you may think. Her decision to retire was due to the fact that a player can not also become an owner in the WNBA. As of right now, Montgomery sees her talent being used best where she can act on change. This move to ownership makes Renee Montgomery the 1st former player to become an owner of a WNBA team.

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