Washington Commanders Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After playing two seasons as simply the Washington Football Team after dropping the “Redskins” nickname ahead of the 2020 season, the team finally settled on the nickname “Commanders” ahead of the 2022 season. But it would appear that the team is still struggling with its identity a little bit.

Ahead of the team’s 2022-23 season-opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL reporter Pete Hailey of NBC shared a photo of a mug currently being sold in the team shop. While the mug does indeed feature the new team logo, it also includes an outline of the state of Washington.

The obvious problem is that the Washington Commanders are not actually located in the state of Washington, they are located in Washington D.C. – all the way on the other side of the country. Technically, the Commanders actually play in Summerfield, Maryland, which is about five miles east of Washington, D.C. But the point still stands.

It’s an embarrassing blunder for a team to sell a product like this in their very own stadium, and the NFL had plenty of thoughts on the hilarious product.


The Commanders got off to a strong start in their season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking a 14-3 lead into the half. Perhaps that will help ease the pain of getting blasted online.

[Pete Hailey]