Tag:redskins
Posted on: August 22, 2009 11:12 pm
 

Fred Davis Is Out Of My Doghouse

Fred Davis made me angry last week.

 

Yes, I know, I had a lot of reasons to be angry at the Redskins last week.  They lost 23-0 and looked shell shocked in all phases of the game.

 

But the crucial point for me was Todd Collins’ impressive drive towards the end of the half with the Redskins down six nothing.

 

Davis fumbled, but was lucky enough to recover it.  But later in the series he fumbled again and was not so lucky.

 

The Ravens recovered and performed a stellar two minute drill.  What could have been a 7-6 Redskin lead turned into a 13-0 halftime hole.

 

I was angry at Davis.  I told everyone I knew that Davis would never see playing time if he kept fumbling in critical situations.

 

He was in my doghouse.  I’m sure he was in Zorn’s too!

 

Fast forward to tonight’s game against the Steelers.

 

Deep into the third quarter, with the Steelers leading 13-10, Washington was forced to punt.

 

Who should be hustling down the field to force a turnover on special teams, but Fred Davis.

 

As soon as the Redskins regained possession my killer instinct took over.  In my mind I thought that now would be the perfect time to take a shot at the end zone.

 

Jim Zorn must have read my mind.  Who should he chose to go to?  Fred Davis!  In the same manner in which he ruined the game for the Redskins last week he had just redeemed himself by saving them tonight.

 

I was really happy to see that Fred Davis made up for past sins, but my advice would be to not get complacent.  He did not secure a roster spot tonight.  He only cancelled out his past mistakes.

 

Fred Davis enters week three against the Patriots with a clean slate in my mind.  What he does from now on will help determine his role within the Redskin offense this year.

 

Not many players get a second chance in the preseason.

 

My advice would be to not waste it.

 

Hail!

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 11, 2009 12:58 am
 

Antecdote Regarding Fans' Impatience

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
 
Posted on: August 9, 2009 12:15 am
 

Telling it like it is........or was

During sportsline's tribute to Bruce Smith upon his Hall of Fame induction there was one sentence that resonated with me.

"What's most impressive is that Smith registered many of his 171 sacks in Buffalo while playing in a 3-4 defense, which should have made it easier for opponents to stop him. It's a feat Smith is quick to point out."

For a fan who is knowledgeable about the game this is the stat that illustrates how truly dominant Smith was.

The D-lineman on a 3-4 are responsible for taking on multiple blockers and keep them occupied.  This lets the linebackers make the majority of big plays.  Bruce Smith wasn't supposed to be the sack king, but he was in spite of his team's defensive philosophy.

As a Redskins fan I think he played one year too many.  He was still a force for three years with the Skins, but by his last year you could see him overpower his man but just not have the speed to round the corner.  Bruce Smith probably had more QB hurries his last season than any other player.  It was like watching a slow motion replay.  He beats his man.  He is coming for the QB.  He is still coming.  He's getting close.  Then a second before impact the QB would unload the ball.  I could see that even though he didn't have it he still was trying his hardest.  And I know that it frustrated him more than any Skin's fan.

The Skins would have been better served to go with someone else that last year.  But in retrospect, I'm glad they didn't.  It was painfully obvious that he wanted that sack record, and the Redskins gave him the opportunity to get it.

The Skins have made many regrettable free agent acquisitions recently, but I don't fault them for getting Bruce Smith.

He should rightfully go into Canton with a Bills helmet.  But there should be a small Redskins sticker at the back of that helmet.  Many greats have played past their prime with other teams.  Bruce Smith can be proud to know that unlike many others, he made a positive contribution to those Redskin teams.

Posted on: July 11, 2009 1:25 am
 

Could Santana Moss Be the Best WR In the NFC East

            I was looking at the Washington Redskin website a few weeks ago when I saw an article that caught my attention.

 

            It was discussing the Redskin receivers and it mentioned that Santana Moss may currently be the best receiver in the division.

 

            I love Santana, but I thought that the writer was being very biased by stating that Moss could be the best in the division.

 

            Then I started to really think about it.  The more I pondered it, the more I agreed with it.  Santana Moss may well be the best receiver in the NFC East this season.

 

            When I first started to think about this my mind went to the big guns.  Surely Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress are better than Moss.  Then I realized that although they probably are neither player is playing within the division this year.

 

            Suddenly I became optimistic.

 

            My next train of thought was to compare Moss to other receivers in the division.

 

            Right away my mind went to Jason Whitten and Chris Cooley.  They certainly are better than Moss.  However, both are tight ends.  If we are talking about all players that catch passes they would be ahead of Moss.  But strictly regarding receivers eliminates these two from consideration.

 

            Then I went roster by roster, considering each team’s best receivers.

 

            Dallas’ big name is Roy Williams.  Williams is a very popular receiver, but as I looked at his stats it occurred to me that he has only produced one breakout season.  His 2008 result of less than 500 yards confirmed my belief that Santana is better.

 

            The next team on my list was the Giants.  I really do like several of their receivers, but none have proven that they can carry the load as a go to guy.  If their late season collapse is any indication the Giants may be in more trouble offensively than many would think.  They drafted Hakeem Nicks, who I think will be an absolute stud in the NFL, but as a rookie he won’t be able to put up the numbers of a Santana Moss.

 

            Lastly I looked to the Eagles.  This is the team that many believe will win the division.  This is the team that has several receivers who could be legitimately compared to Santana Moss. 

 

            Kevin Curtis is the Eagles’ most reliable target.  He is very under rated and my favorite Eagle receiver.  But given his history with injuries and his career performance I can’t feel comfortable saying that he is better than Moss.

 

            This brings me to DeSean Jackson.  He may be the most explosive player in the division.  He may also end up with the greatest overall career.  He certainly is the cockiest receiver in the NFC East. 

 

            But I am a superstitious man.  I believe in things like sophomore slumps and Madden curses.  Therefore, if I was a betting man, I would take a player who has averaged around 900 yards a season over the last six years over a player who has only done it once.

 

            The same logic can be applied to Jeremy Maclin.  He has many sportswriters and Eagles fans abuzz with his skill set and potential.  I’m cool with that.  Just don’t expect me to rate him above an established veteran like Moss before he plays his first NFL game.

 

I am not guaranteeing in any way that Santana Moss will have the best season of any NFC East receiver.  Injuries can take their toll on even the best players.  Also Moss is coming off of a thousand yard season.  He has never had back to back thousand yard seasons in his career.

 

            It is quite possible that one of the players that I have mentioned will have a breakout season and leave Moss in the dust.  But until this happens you must acknowledge that Santana Moss may very well be the best receiver in the division.

 

           

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 6, 2009 11:45 pm
 

Joe Gibbs: The Greatest Coach In Modern Times?

I will admit it right from the start.  I love the Washington Redskins.  I am probably a little biased.  But try to leave your perceptions that I am looking at Joe Gibbs through burgundy and gold colored glasses at the door and seriously consider my arguments.  My beliefs are grounded in fact every bit as much as they are grounded in favoritism.

 

            Now that I have gotten the disclaimer out of the way let me get down to business.

 

            There have been many great coaches in the superbowl era.  Coaches such as Vince Lombardi, Chuck Knoll, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belicheck have created dynasties that have produced multiple superbowl wins and countless hall of famers.

 

            Joe Gibbs has led just as many or more teams to the superbowl as all of these great names.  The only coach in the superbowl era with more titles is Chuck Knoll.  But it is the path that Gibbs took that separates him from the others.  If at the end of this article you still don’t consider him the best coach, you will at least understand that he was unique among his peers.

 

            If you take a look at the coaches who have won multiple superbowls, they all have one thing in common.  They all have had the good fortune to have a franchise quarterback to guide their team throughout their triumphs.  Each coach that I have mentioned had a quarterback who is either in the Hall of Fame or soon will be.

 

            Vince Lombardi had Bart Starr as his field general.  Knoll had Terry Bradshaw.  Shula had Griese, Landry had Roger Staubach, Walsh had Montana, and Belicheck has a guy named Tom Brady that a few of you may be familiar with.

 

            History has shown us that no matter how good a coach you are you need a great quarterback to sustain championship success.

 

            Joe Gibbs is different from these great coaches in that he didn’t have a marquee quarterback.  He won three superbowls with three different quarterbacks.  Only Bill Parcells has ever won even two superbowls with different quarterbacks.

 

            I love Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien, but I have to be honest when I say that none of them will ever make the Hall of Fame.  Even Theismann, who led the Redskins to back to back superbowls and is the best of the three, has no reasonable shot at making it.  He only started seven full seasons and only played at a pro bowl level in three or four of them.

 

            This reason alone separates Gibbs from his contemporaries.  But there’s more.

 

            You may bring up the valid point that Starr, Bradshaw, and Greise were game managers and it was the running game that mainly propelled their teams to greatness.

 

            You would be correct in that assumption.  The Packers, Dolphins, and Steelers all had Hall of Fame caliber running backs to carry the ball.

 

            Once again, Gibbs succeeded with three different running backs in three different superbowls.

 

            John Riggins is without question a Hall of Fame running back and one of the main forces behind two superbowl Redskin teams.  But he retired after the ’85 season.

 

            Gibbs continued what he had built with Riggins by clever drafting, great line play, and players considered past their prime by many in the NFL.  Earnest Byner was a very good running back.  But he was labeled as a fumbler and hounded out of Cleveland, where his untimely fumble cost them a superbowl birth against (guess who) the Redskins.

 

            The running backs on the Redskin team Byner’s Browns would have faced consisted of journeyman Gerald Riggs, unheralded Kelvin Bryant, and rookie Timmy Smith, who had not started a game all season.

 

            Due to injuries to starter Riggs Gibbs decided to go with the rookie.  The result was the greatest single rushing performance in superbowl history.  Smith ran for 204 yards that day, breaking a record previously held by Larry Csonka, Franco Harris, and John Riggins.  Smith quickly faded into obscurity following his epic superbowl performance.

 

            Many of the mighty dynasties of yesteryear also had great receivers to help them win their championships.  The Redskins did have a very good receiving corps, but only Art Monk among them has made it into the hall, and that only happened last year after years of being overlooked.

 

            In fact, of all the coaches and teams I have mentioned, the Redskins have the least amount of Hall of Fame inductees out of all of them.  In fact, they only have three players who were significant contributors to their superbowls that are currently in the hall.  Two of them (Darryl Green and Art Monk) finally got in last year.  Before that it was one (Riggo).

 

            There is one final piece of evidence that I would like you to consider.  The NFL has experienced two strike shortened seasons in the superbowl era.  Gibbs’ Redskins won both superbowls.  You may say that due to the strikes Gibbs had it easier.  I disagree.

 

            The 1982 squad only played nine regular season games, but because of this the NFL extended the number of teams allowed in the playoffs.  This forced the top seeded Redskins to play four postseason games.  Normally a top seed only plays in three, including the superbowl.

 

            The 1987 season featured replacement players for four games.  Joe Gibbs managed to coach these players into a cohesive unit that ended up winning all four replacement games.

 

            The 1987 Redskins were the only team to not have a single player cross the picket line before the strike was resolved.  This means that in the latter weeks of the replacement season the Redskins faced more and more legitimate NFL players.

 

            This was most evident during the last week of the strike.  The Redskins faced a Dallas team that had eleven starters playing in the game, including Tony Dorsett.  The Redskins defied the odds and won the game in what has to be considered one of the greatest upsets in modern sports history.

 

            To sum it all up Joe Gibbs coached his teams to four superbowls during his tenure.  He is the only coach in league history to have a different starting quarterback, a different starting running back, and a different leading receiver in each of his superbowl victories.

 

            Gibbs is also the only coach to have won three superbowls and have his team not considered a dynasty.  This is with good reason.  The length of time between superbowls and the personnel changes in between them are all convincing evidence that the Redskins were no dynasty.

 

            This is the point.

 

            Joe Gibbs built three different championships with three different sets of players.  What do these teams have in common?  The answer is Joe Gibbs.

 

            No coach in the superbowl era has done more with less than Joe Gibbs.  No coach in the superbowl era has responded to adversity as well as Joe Gibbs.  That is why to me he is the best coach the NFL has seen since the AFL-NFL merger.

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 5, 2009 12:48 pm
 

New D-Line Gives Greg Blache Creative Freedom

            The Washington Redskins achieved a feat last year that is almost unheard of in modern sports history.  Their defense managed to finish fourth in the league in total yards given up despite having one of the lowest sack totals of any team.

 

            Anyone watching film on the Redskins last year came away with two definite conclusions.

 

1.      The secondary is very good.  Week after week opposing quarterbacks were given all day to throw a pass and still had trouble making plays.

 

2.      The defensive line must be upgraded.  Aside from Andre Carter (and disregarding Jason Taylor, who played injured the entire season and was not a factor) the Redskins had no other player on their d-line who would start for any other team in the NFC East.

           

            The only way that Defensive Coordinator Greg Blache could generate any pressure on the quarter back was by blitzing.  Blitzing can be very successful, but it is not a permanent solution.

 

            Bringing linebackers, safeties, and the occasional cornerback off of their primary cover duties on passing situations is risky.  It puts those still in coverage on an island and leaves zero room for error. 

 

            An upgrade along the line was long overdue.  Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato came through this past off season by signing free agent Albert Haynesworth and drafting promising speed rusher Brian Orakpo.

 

            Given the Redskins’ recent history regarding the production of free agents I know that success is in no way guaranteed.  But barring injury or a catastrophic regression in play by Haynesworth I would have to think that the Redskins will have a much better line this year.

 

            If the new line plays up to their potential it will open up new possibilities for Greg Blache and allow him to change defensive strategies.

 

            A front four of Andre Carter, Cornelius Griffin, Albert Haynesworth, and Brian Orakpo has a chance to be really special.

 

            Try to imagine how much more effective this defense (which was very good last year) could be if they could generate an effective pass rush without blitzing.  Rushing only the four down linemen and dropping seven players back into coverage will clog up passing lanes and will almost assuredly lead to more turnovers.

 

            Turnovers have been hard to come by in recent years for the Redskins.  I feel that one of the main reasons for this was the poor pass rush.  Pressure from the front four not only makes the quarterback have to throw before he is ready, it allows linebackers to drop back into areas where a quarterback does not expect a defender to be.

 

            The combination is a recipe for creating turnovers!

 

            Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall are well suited to playing single man coverage, and I think they will still be asked to do this from time to time.  But I feel that Blache will have more flexibility this year and will install more zone coverage schemes.  This will give help to Fred Smoot in nickel and dime coverage’s.

 

            Following the Redskins my entire life has taught me two very important things.

 

            The first thing is that Dallas is evil.

 

            The second and probably most important thing is that anything can happen from one season to the next.

 

            While I don’t enter the season assuming that the recent off season acquisitions will definitely pan out and return the Redskins to glory I am intrigued by the potential of this defensive unit.  If everything falls into place and the injury gods are kind to us this year we could be looking at a very special defense.                     

 

            I can’t wait to find out.  There is only nine more weeks until show time.  Start your countdown now!

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 10, 2009 2:06 pm
 

Redskins Need Youth, Pass Rushers To Step Up

The 2009/10 Washington Redskins have high expectations for the upcoming season.  While I share that optimism I know as well as they do that several things must happen this year that did not happen last year. These things are imperative if the Redskins are to bypass their recent mediocrity and become the deep playoff team that they are fully capable of becoming.

    1). Defensive line pressure.

          The Redskins finished the 2009 NFL season ranked fourth in total defense.  This was a remarkable feat considering they were one of the worst pass rushing teams last year.  The pass rush has been a concern for a few years now, a trait inherited from Greg Williams' teams by current Defensive guru Greg Blache.  The overall strong play of Redskin defenses of the last two years is a testament to superb run stopping and exceptional secondary play.  If the Redskins truly want to become a dominating, turnover producing defense this is the year the defensive line must step up. 

          The Redskins coaching staff and front office is painfully aware of this and has tried many ways to remedy the situation.  Last year's experiment with Jason Taylor was a failure due mainly to injury.  This year the team has made several upgrades by signing pro bowler Albert Haynesworth and drafting DE Brian Orakpo.  Whether this new unit bonds together to become the pass rushing presence that it is capable of becoming remains to be seen.  The Redskins do have a history of having pro bowl free agents under perform.  But I applaud the effort nonetheless.  If the Redskins are to become a playoff contender this new unit must rise to the challenge this year.

    2). Young players must step up.

          The current starters for the Washington Redskins are a very capable group.  They are easily capable of winning eight or nine games.  However, injuries have taken a huge toll in recent years.  A lack of depth has been a real problem and certainly played its part in last season’s end of year meltdown. 

          It has been widely reported that the offensive line is old and injury prone and the receiving corps lacks a tall, physical presence.   It is also a fact that the Redskins did not draft or sign in free agency any significant players to improve these units.  But as I look at the roster I see plenty of young talent that, due to injury or inexperience, was not ready to contribute last year.  Therefore I say with all earnestness, “The time is now young players!  Step up your game and realize your dreams!”

          Chad Rhinehart and Stephon Heyer are two young offensive linemen who will be needed this year, and they must be ready when the time comes.  Jon Jansen has been a good player for the Redskins, but his age has caught up to him, and he wore down as the season went on.  Heyer had initially won the starting job at tackle over Jansen, but a minor injury caused him to relinquish his starting role.  Heyer must continue to improve and regain this starting spot.  If he can play with the same passion and skill that he exhibited in 2007 as an undrafted rookie free agent the Redskins will have one piece of their offensive puzzle solved.

          Rhinehart was a rookie last year and did not see the field once during the regular season.  While I don’t think he will unseat either Randy Thomas or Derrick Dockery (who was brought in to replace an aging Pete Kendall) at either guard positions, he must be ready to be a solid player if he sees action this year.  Given Thomas’ injury history I would say it’s more than likely that he will see game action this year. 

          I believe that injuries and fatigue on the Redskins line were the main culprits for the severe decline in their rushing and passing attacks last year.  It’s up to the young players on the line to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.  If they can’t step up I feel the Redskins will have a similar drop off in production this year as well.

          Receiver is another position that must get a boost from its young talent.  Last year the Redskins drafted three receivers in the second round.  They were Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelley, and TE Fred Davis.  All three were taller than any receiver on the Skins’ roster at the time and all were slated to provide badly needed depth behind Moss, Cooley, and Randle El.  Once again, due to injury and inexperience they never provided the depth and playmaking ability that they were drafted to produce.  Only Thomas gave a brief glimpse of his skills last year and scored the only touchdown of the three rookies.

          For the team to succeed this year things must change.  Thomas must continue to grow into his role as a deep threat and Kelly must overcome his injuries to become the sure handed presence over the middle that he was in college.  Davis must work on his blocking to make Coach Jim Zorn feel confident inserting him into two tight end sets.  If these three continue to grow and mature into viable options for Jason Campbell the Redskins will become infinitely more dangerous in the passing game.  It will also take the double teams away from Santana Moss and help him to thrive as one of the most electrifying receivers in the NFL.

          When healthy the Redskins have the talent to play football with any team in the league.  A lack of depth on offense and pass rush on defense were two major problems for them last year.  With another year under this coaching staff I believe the Redskins have a chance to play more cohesively as a unit.  This can only help them.  If the Redskins want to emerge from the 8-8 team of last year to be the playoff team they are striving for the rest of their young players must step up the way second year safety Chris Horton did last year.  Work hard, stay focused, and when opportunity knocks be ready for the moment.

         

         

 

Category: NFL
Tags: opinion, Redskins
 
Posted on: June 10, 2009 2:03 pm
 

Second Generation Redskin

Some people seem to be born into a profession.  Everyone knows the type. We have all known people who are third generation doctors and fourth generation servicemen.  We all know someone like this.

 

            I also was born into a proud tradition.  One not as lucrative or respectable as being a doctor or lawyer, but I am proud of it just the same.

 

            I am a second generation Redskin fan.

 

            My father was a die hard redskin fan who somehow managed to get along with my mother’s family, who were all Giant fans (my grandfather taught me another fine tradition: gambling.  We bet on all Giant /Redskin games from the time I was three).  There are pictures floating around my parent’s house of me with a Redskin jumper sitting on my dad’s knee at the advanced age of one watching Joe Gibb’s first season as coach.

 

            Most people don’t retain memories before the age of four or five.  I have a vivid recollection of my first memory.  My dad’s boss had given him two tickets to see the ‘84 Superbowl between the Raiders and Redskins.  I was excited………until I realized he was taking my mom to California to watch the game instead of me.  I had to stay with Grandma and Grandpa Giant.

 

            It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  If I had gone and watched the Redskins get humiliated in the Superbowl before a 95% Raider crowd I would have looked like that little kid after the Duke /Maryland game that is so famously pictured crying in his dad’s arms, while his dad looks like he just had an accident in his pants.  Instead I got to cry at home, where at least no one was snapping pictures.

 

            Despite his lousy performance against the Raiders I was a huge Joe Theismann fan.  My father was too.  We have a porcelain Theismann Christmas tree ornament that we hang on the tree every year.  It’s become a tradition.

 

            I mention this because a funny thing happened to this ornament.  In 1985, about a month after Lawrence Taylor gave Theismann an extra knee joint halfway down his shin, we began putting up our Christmas decorations.  Somehow the Theismann ornament fell as we were taking it out of storage and it broke the same leg that he had just broken in real life.  My father and I saw the irony immediately.

 

            My dad super glued the leg back onto his body and our injured hero went back on the tree, where he will be this Christmas and every one after.  Unfortunately for the Redskins it proved to be much more difficult to glue the real Joe Theismann’s leg back together.  The injury would end his career.

 

            Despite this setback the Redskins were just beginning their golden era.  They would go on to three more NFC championship games and win two more Superbowls.  Many Redskin fans agree that Riggo’s run in the ‘83 Superbowl was the greatest moment in franchise history.  While it may be more important historically, the game that holds the fondest memories for me was the Redskins/Broncos Superbowl in 1988.

            My parents used to go to a Superbowl party at their friends house and I used to go with them.  My memory is a bit hazy, but I don’t remember any other kids at these parties.  They had a pool for the game that was broken down by points during each quarter.  I remember the safety during the Bears/Patriots game two years before that gave me the winning point total for that quarter.

 

            I would like to say I won the pool during the Redskin/Broncos Superbowl by predicting Doug Williams’ glorious second quarter, but I don’t think Williams himself could have predicted the turn of events that took place.

 

            Most of the guests at this party were Steelers fans.  For some reason they had an AFC loyalty and were pulling for Elway and the Broncos.  When Denver jumped out to a commanding 10-0 lead there was a lot of hooting and hollering.  I cringed when Williams hyper extended his knee and had to leave the game momentarily.  I was having flashbacks of Joe Theismann’s career ender just two years before.

 

            The injury did not end Doug Williams’ career that day, however.  When he returned during the next series he led the Redskins to the greatest one quarter performance in Superbowl history.  Thirty five points later you would have been able to hear a pin drop at that party.  At least you would have if that annoying eight year old kid would have stopped bouncing up and down and screaming.  I’m sure a few of the adults did not appreciate being taunted by an obnoxious kid while their team was getting steamrolled, but I was oblivious. 

 

            The recent history of the Redskins has not been nearly as exciting as their Superbowl era.  I must admit that being a Redskin fan sometimes makes me feel like a battered wife.  I know that they will probably disappoint me but I go back to them every year.  Even after the black eye they gave me last year I still cling to hope.

 

            People ask me sometimes why I don’t switch allegiances and start following another team.  To me that would be similar to dropping my daughter off at the doctor’s office and leaving with another child.  As much as it pains me sometimes I am emotionally invested.  I was born into this.

 

            As I reflect on my birthright as a lifelong Skins fan I am preparing to hop back on the Redskins roller coaster for one more spin around the tracks of the NFL season.  I remain hopeful that this time there aren’t as many unexpected drops at the end of the long climb up the hill.

 

 

Category: NFL
Tags: humor, Redskins
 
 
 
 
 
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