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Antecdote Regarding Fans' Impatience

Posted on: August 11, 2009 12:58 am
I go to at least one Redskin game a year.  It is one of my greatest pleasures in life.

For all of you "fans" who are calling for Campbell's head (despite playing in only one full season in his career), let me relay to you a true story from a Redskins game I witnessed.

The year 2004 was a year of change for the Redskins.  They had a new coach in Joe Gibbs and a new QB in Mark Brunell (although calling either of these men new is laughable).

The offense started out very cold.  Brunell was playing very safe, throwing every third pass into the stands.  The Skins didn't turn the ball over much, but they didn't make a play much either.

About halfway through the season the Redskins played the Bengals (I think) at home and I had tickets.

Brunell started out ice cold.  His first eight passes went incomplete, and evey miss was followed by louder and louder chance of "Ramsey, Ramsey, Ramsey". 

Finally Gibbs had seen enough.  He relented to the fans (probably against his better judgement) and trotted out Patrick Ramsey for the next series.

As Ramsey entered the field he recieved the longest, loudest standing ovation I have ever witnessed at Fed-Ex Field.  Redskin Nation had his back.

On his first play from scrimmage he badly overthrew Laverneus Coles and was intercepted.  Immediately a rousing chant of "Hasslebeck, Hasslebeck, Hasslebeck (third stringer Tim Hasslebeck)" could be heard reverberating throughout the stadium.

If this doesn't illustrate the attention span of the average NFL fan I don't know what does.

PS.  Mark Brunell came back the following year to lead the Redskins to a 10-6 record and it's first playoff win in six years.  Patrick Ramsey went on to be a backup for Denver and Tennessee.  Tim  Hasslebeck went on to impregnate Elizabeth Hasslebeck three times and live the good life of a wealthy stay at home dad.

The point of this story is to be patient and be carefull what you wish for.
Category: NFL
Tags: history, Redskins
big d brandon
Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 1:34 pm
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