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Some notes from a marvelous Sunday of football

By Jason Woodmansee

1. The Eagles-Packers game was a magnificent thing to watch. Personally, I’m a big fan of schadenfreude - watching bad things happen to teams I don’t like is at least half the fun of being a sports fan. First, the Eagles were commemorating their 1960 NFL Championship - how adorable. Second, Kevin Kolb, The Guy That’s So Good That We Can Trade McNabb Within the Division, looked terrible. Eagles fans were saying: “I never thought I’d miss McNabb’s foot throws so much.” And then, the cherry on the top - Vick comes in and plays well enough to have a ready-made QB controversy the next time Kolb falters. What a pleasant appetizer to the main course in the evening.

2. The Redskins-Cowboys game, on the other hand, was not so singularly exhilarating. I’m nervous during every Redskins game, doubly nervous during Cowboys games, and I think my heart stopped four separate times during this game. It reminded me of the 1992 Redskins-Cowboys game in RFK where the deciding play was a bizarre Aikman end zone fumble/Emmitt shovel pass/mass of confusion (read the original article from back in the day). I remember hyperventilating for 10 minutes -- it was so hard to tell what happened and what the final call would be.The point being is that last night was one of the few times I can remember the weird play(s) going for the Redskins in this rivalry since that day. This is something that both Wilbon & Boswell pointed out today - the Redskins have consistently gotten beaten with the kinds of plays that beat the Cowboys last night. This may mean nothing in the long run, but I’ll take it.

3. LeBron James is rapidly becoming the most vilified man in sports. When he was still with the Cavs, people mostly tolerated his blatant bandwagon choices for other sports (Yankees & Cowboys), but a few months removed from “The Decision,” his appearance in DC to root for the Cowboys made sports fans apoplectic. If you have some time to kill, do a Twitter search for @KingJames - I’m not going to link to it, because there are so many people cursing at him - there is absolutely nothing positive in there (don’t forget that this all happened while Kevin Durant & the USA team was playing at the World Championships without him). In a lot of ways, LeBron is the perfect archetype for a Cowboys fan - smug, a complete lack of self-awareness, always looking for the quick and easy path, and, of course, not actually from Texas. Wizards fans were ahead of the curve on hating LeBron - it’s nice to see it mainstream now.

4. I will now attempt to spend the next few days enjoying this win before I start thinking about how good the Texans (the Texans?) looked. Ah, football - it’s nice to have you back...

By Box Seats blogger  |  September 13, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Woodmansee , Redskins  | Tags: Jason Woodmansee, NFL, Redskins  
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