Take the long way home
What a week! Leave it to an embarrassing loss on national television to jar everything loose and get all the emotions spinning like exorcized heads. I hate to say it, but a fan getting angry at Dan Snyder is the equivalent of yelling at a door after stubbing your toe. Sure I still engage in this insane ritual without a second thought, but it never does any good, and in the end my toe still hurts and I end up laughing at myself or punching the door, resulting in my fist and my toe hurting.
The real question is if the players and coaches believe in Dan Snyder, they’ll give him a win before his 45th birthday next Tuesday. If the Redskins lose at Tennessee it’ll indicate the players and coaches want new ownership and Snyder will be forced to sell to an interim owner. Not really. It’ll indicate the Titans are a better football team, which they are.
Face it folks, we’re stuck with Dan. He’s a young owner and has a lot of money, your money albeit, and people with a lot of money tend to live a long time. Take Al Davis and Jerry Jones. Both are very wealthy, and both are disgustingly defying the natural aging process. However, both Davis and Jones have won championships. Dan Snyder has not. But considering he’ll be an owner for another 50-60 years, I’d say the odds are in his favor.
Fair-weather and die-hard fans have one thing in common: zero patience. For the fair-weather fan if the team is no good they won’t show up to games, they won’t watch them on TV, they’re not going to talk about them at work, and they’re definitely not buying anything. Ask the old die-hard Caps fans about all the extra leg room at the Verizon Center before the Great 8 rolled into town.
For the die-hard fan every year is the year. Nobody says Super Bowl but a lot of us sure do think it, because as we know, anything is possible in the NFL. If the Rams, Bucs, Saints, Cardinals, Panthers, Falcons, etcetera can go pop out of no where and go to the Super Bowl then any team can. Die-hards stick around, but they’re not a patient bunch, they want to support a winner.
At least reality set in after nine games this year instead of two games like last year. That’s a vast improvement. The reality is this Redskins team has lots of room to grow, and they’re still on the outskirts of making a playoff run, although it won’t happen since I told you last week if they lost they wouldn’t and that would make me wrong.
Presently, I agree with Snyder’s recent comments, saying he's confident where the organization is right now. Jerry Jones is running Bill Parcells' masterpiece into the ground (thank the heavens) where Snyder chose to ride shotgun to Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen. I’m as sick as anyone is about losing, but the inevitable truth is the Redskins are on the road to recovery. Hopefully Snyder’s learned enough to stick to the road long enough to see it get somewhere before completely changing directions.
| November 19, 2010; 9:11 AM ET
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