We’ve known since the summer that Fox’s new drama, “Minority Report,” has re-imagined the Washington Redskins as the Washington Redclouds.
The show, though, is set in 2065, and presumably a lot will happen in both the culture at large and the NFL between now and then, with any luck including the abolition of daily fantasy, the retirement of Cleatus the dancing robot, and the end of the Kirk Cousins-Robert Griffin III debate.
Turns out, however, that this name change is not a 2065 production. No, as the show’s most recent episode makes clear, the Redskins actually become the Redclouds in time for the 2019 season, with the creation of a horrific logo to boot.
The latest episode features [random description of plotline I totally didn’t follow because I was just looking for images of football jerseys]. And strikingly, a key piece of evidence in the case is an authentic jersey dating from 2019.
“It’s a 2019 Redclouds jersey,” [random main character whose name I didn’t catch] says when this image flashes in front of her. “It’s the year that they changed their name; it’s almost impossible to get. Believe me, I’ve tried.”
I mean, couldn’t it also have been just a modern jersey affixed with cheap, generic 2019 season patch? Or just a knock-off replica jersey? Like, I’ve seen people wearing Washington Senators hats at Nats games, and it never occurred to me that they were actual authentic hats once worn by Frank Howard. But maybe by 2065 scientists will have eradicated cheap replica jerseys, and any jersey with a 2019 patch will necessarily date from 2019.
In any case, as the episode goes on to show, this particular Redclouds jersey actually is a No. 10 model. Which means that no, the Kirk Cousins-Robert Griffin III debate is likely not over, even in 2065. Maybe by 3065 we’ll be good.