Political Football: Redskins untouched by recovery
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, whose home state Green Bay Packers play the Redskins this weekend, wonders when the recovery will reach FedEx Field.
Washington has experienced a lot of change recently. First, we elected Barack Obama as President, and now Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb have come to D.C. And while there has been national private sector job growth, the Redskins have been untouched by the recovery and are still just 2-2.
Of course, the Packers have seen a lot of change of their own recently. Brett Favre and his interceptions are Minnesota's problem now, and we have Aaron Rodgers helping to usher in a new golden age of football in Green Bay. Plus, as we all know, the Number 12 (Rodgers) is three times greater than the Number 4 (Favre).
There are other things we have in common, as well. The Packers and Redskins share rich histories as two of the oldest franchises in the NFL. The Packers have all-time greats like Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and Curly Lambeau. The Redskins have legends like Slingin' Sammy Baugh, the "Hogs" offensive line and Joe Gibbs.
From there, the comparison gets a little one-sided. The Packers play on the legendary Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field. The Redskins play on the historic...FedEx Field. Both teams had Vince Lombardi, but the Redskins only got him after he helped the Packers win five championships, including the first two Super Bowls. The Packers have 12 NFL titles overall, so the Redskins have a lot of catching up to do.
As for this Sunday's game, it should be an exciting matchup. I know we've had some bad breaks, like losing Ryan Grant for the season, but our elite passing attack should be more than enough to make up for it and help us put points on the board. On the defensive side, McNabb will have a hard time facing down the Packers' relentless pass rush, led by emerging stars like Clay Matthews. If he can handle that, we still have established veterans like Charles Woodson waiting in the defensive backfield.
We take pride in a lot of interesting things here in Wisconsin, like wearing cheese on our heads and enjoying a good bratwurst. But what we especially take pride in is Green Bay Packers football. And I'm hoping this weekend is just one more step toward the ultimate sense of pride - bringing the Lombardi Trophy back home to Titletown USA.
Go Pack Go!
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| October 7, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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