If anything, it's a really odd coincidence.
The Washington Times reports on Friday that a neighbor of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has registered the name Washington Bravehearts and launched "Washington Bravehearts LLC," leading some to question whether it could become the Redskins' new name if it is changed.
Of particular interest is a phrase found in the patent that says the name would be used for "entertainment services in the form of professional football games and exhibitions." The Times notes that this language is similar to the trademarks made for the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Redskins themselves.
Aris Mardirossian, a patent investor, lives on the same Potomac, Md. block as Snyder and the two men reportedly do know each other from a lawsuit filed against their county to prevent the National Park Service from chopping down trees in front of their homes.
CBS Sports adds that Mardirossian has also purchased the domain name WashingtonBravehearts.com.
However, the Redskins organization has responded to the trademark and a team spokesperson says "There is no connection between the Redskins and this trademark." The rep also said Snyder and Mardirossian do not know each other, but the county lawsuit from 2005 does indicate that they have some sort of history together.
Snyder has said he would never consider changing the team name despite the ongoing debate, but the timing is certainly noteworthy.