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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 12/20/2010

A weekend to remember

By Stephen L. Carter

Up in Connecticut where I live, the Redskins-Cowboys game was not televised. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!  Remember when the whole country would always get this one? When across America, people who had never been to either Dallas or Washington would choose up sides and furiously root? (You don't? Oh, well.)

Anyway, in my neck of the woods (and I do live sort of out of the woods, and with no satellite dish), we were treated instead to the Eagles-Giants game. I must say that I cannot remember a time when all four divisional rivals faced off on the same weekend and both games featured such huge, cliff-hanging comebacks. At the risk of using a cliché, isn't this, really, what football is about? I mean, when we strip away our identities as fans of particular teams, aren't we, really, fans of great, thrilling games?

I am not kidding. I know it's a tough time to be a Redskins fan: McNabb on the bench, Haynesworth stealing the team blind, the defense collapsing week after week and the offense collapsing, too. There are the fans who love Shanahan and the fans who already hate him, and these groups pretty much seem to hate each other. There is that side of football.

But there is also the other side - what we might call the purist side - the side that appreciates great clutch plays (no matter how foolish it was to punt to DeSean Jackson, he still had to score that touchdown), amazing passes, brilliant pass-rushing schemes and all the rest. The side that appreciates the never-say-die attitude that led the Eagles back against the Giants, and, almost - tantalizingly close! - the Redskins back against the Cowboys. It was a weekend to love, a weekend of football magic; the sort of weekend that comes along rarely, and reminds us all why, beyond the immediate interests of our teams, we also love the game itself.

By Stephen L. Carter  | December 20, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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