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Skins/Boys #1 : What'd we learn?

By Evan Bliss

If you’re lined up against a 260 pound 6’4” hulk of a man mountain that’s younger, faster, and stronger than you, what do you do? Alex Barron’s answer was “cheat.” Good thing the Skins didn’t have the Lions officiating crew as Barron got busted for his violation, sealing Dallas’ fate in an instant classic NFC East pound-out.

I-you-they-we know that the offense struggled and the 3-4 learning curve needs more straightening. Private Bidwell probably deserves a Code Red Gomer Pyle style for his Romo-like hold and dead duck that gave the Boys their only score. One biffed hold and one biffed punt would’ve been enough for the Skins of the recent past to lose the game. Not now.

Something’s different beyond the obvious staff and personnel upgrades. The gold pants that should be on sale in all Redskins stores tomorrow. Fans should be able to wear those pants to games, to work, to crab feasts, and to outdoor weddings. The energy that used to make dogs bark, kids cry, and rock gramps to sleep -- reminiscent to RFK’s glory days. Maybe the lot should open 8 hours before game time every week. If Mr. Dan charges for bathroom visits to earn back the money lost on brats and bread soda I won’t complain, I’ll just keep quarters in my gold pants pockets.

We the fans are optimistic until we can’t fake it anymore. We stop faking when the team shows us that all the rhetoric and familiar cud they’ve been serving us was merely hype and distraction. Unfortunately, that had become our recent tradition. Hopes are high, hopes are gone. Big free agent signings, small margin losses. Losing to the NFL’s worst team in history the Lions, then nearly beating the Lombardi-hoisting Saints. All potential, zero consistency. Right now hopes are still high. But for how long?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all whacked out on euphoric goof balls right now. Beating Dallas always feels good. Beating a Dallas with familiar ugly faces, a well established offense and defense, a Dallas many predict will land in the Super Bowl, with a Redskins squad of new faces and leadership, new terminology, and a completely new defense feels almost illegally good all over. We’re building, they’re built, and we knocked them down.

Already hearing people say “Super Bowl” is scaring the bejesus of me, and I’m desperately not trying to dive back into the endless string of highs and lows I’ve become so accustomed to. A return to credibility, not being recklessly lopped in with the Raiders every year, a perennial playoff contender, and a consistently dominant franchise is what I hope Sunday night’s victory will come to symbolize. But in the now, we beat Dallas. Dallas didn’t beat themselves and they weren’t the better team that night. That’s more than enough to keep me feeling illegally good this week, and optimistic about the weeks ahead.

By Box Seats blogger  |  September 13, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Evan Bliss , Redskins  | Tags: Evan Bliss, Redskins  
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Comments

Congrats on the blogger position. Definitely something that takes time to grow into. Until then, a couple points of feedback.

.. "What'd we learn?" Not sure your post addressed your title question, either by answering it or acknowledging that we haven't learned much.

.. "Good thing the Skins didn’t have the Lions officiating crew." Actually, the Lions crew got the call right by the letter of the law, which is of course what they are bound to follow. That's also *exactly* what the Redskins needed. Some refs may have been inclined to 'let them play' and avoid calling a holding penalty on a game's final play. Fortunately the Skins' refs, like the Lions' refs, stuck to the rules.

.. "Already hearing people say “Super Bowl” is scaring the bejesus of me." Who's saying Super Bowl? Everything I've read and everyone I've talked to seems to feel that things seem promising but that a ton of improvement is necessary. Is there really an educated or semi-educated fan who took home the message "Super Bowl" after watching the game?

.. I'm inclined to prefer one or two substantive observations to numerous clever turns-of-phrase. You're a fan blogging to fans. I think in general fans like discussing football issues with other fans -- e.g., who played well and not so well, perspectives on the new offensive and defensive schemes, play calls, missed assignments, weak or strong spots on the roster, etc. In contrast, this blog post seems designed to a) share your feelings, and b) elicit admiration for quirky phrases and pop-culture references. Perhaps the future will hold more of what fans actually like to discuss with each other.

Posted by: SkinsFaninCanada | September 13, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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