The Redskins don't "owe" me anything
I don’t write much about football, but after listening to Chad Dukes’ tirade on his radio show I felt compelled to write something, because his rant summarizes everything I loathe about modern sports radio.
The Redskins don’t owe you or me a single thing, and I resent the notion that they somehow do. They exist as a product, like everything else that is consumable, which means you don’t have to pay attention to them if you don’t like what they’re doing. Much like in a bad relationship, if you keep enabling their problems by continually accepting excuse after excuse, nothing is ever going to change. The Redskins exist as a local monolith because their fans have allowed them to become one. They dominate the local storylines because you keep buying their product, going to their games and talking about them on Facebook. At some point you have to take responsibility because you keep subsidizing what you consider to be their “sub-par efforts” at attempting to win football games.
Here’s the bottom line. If you are tired of the Redskins putting forth sub-par efforts, and you feel that they are doing their job “half-assed” and they make you “sick,” there’s one simple solution that will solve all those problems.
Stop paying attention. Stop watching the games. Stop spending $500 on John Riggins jerseys. Stop feeding into the local media machine that is the Washington Redskins. It’s as simple as that.
I understand the “tradition” angle. I grew up sheltered in the warming glow of the first Gibbs Era, and I know what that means to people. But there comes a point where you have to stop living in the past and allowing yourself to be exploited by it in order for a team to capitalize on its profit margins because you’re gullible enough to keep going back again and again. As valuable and as heartwarming as tradition and nostalgia can be, they’re that much more dangerous when used to overtly bludgeon fans into becoming nothing more than shills and zombies that blindly throw up huge sums of money in order to watch something that’s the equivalent of punting a helpless puppy. If they make you feel that bad, to where you feel like they “owe” you, then walk away.Put on the NFL RedZone on Sundays. Walk the dog. Go out to lunch with your spouse. Watch the Capitals (who actually have players who care). Don’t keep enabling people who take your fandom for granted, and if you do, it’s as much your fault as it is theirs.
| November 17, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
Categories: Redskins, Ryan Cooper | Tags: Redskins, Ryan Cooper
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