Washington Redskins to become Washington Bravehearts?

It's a topic that has arguably consumed the Washington Redskins' season even more than its win-loss record — the controversial team name. But is there finally a light at the end of the politically incorrect tunnel?

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According to TMZ, that's a maybe. The entertainment site reported Friday that a neighbor of Redskins owner Dan Snyder recently filed a trademark application under the name "Washington Bravehearts."

 We know what you're thinking, and no, the neighbor is not Mel Gibson. Although we did have our fingers crossed at the thought of him donning his Scottish kilt and blue facepaint paint just one more time. (Via Paramount Pictures / "Braveheart")

The man who reportedly registered the name is just a wealthy patent investor who lives near Snyder. He also registered the domain WashingtonBravehearts.com. (Via CBS Sports)

But the curious part about the patent application is that the plans were to use the name for "Entertainment in the nature of football games." (Via The Wall Street Journal)

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here. According to a representative from the Redskins, people are looking a little too closely at the smoke signals.

The website Pro Football Talk released a statement sent out by the Redskins saying: "There is no connection between the trademark and the Washington Redskins. Dan Snyder does not know the man that was reported in the story."

So for now it looks like Snyder is still not caving to voiced concerns from President Obama, League Commissioner Roger Goodell and countless Native Americans about the name.  (Via WJLA)

But the mental image of Mel Gibson in Scottish garb on the sidelines was good while it lasted. (Via Mirror)

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