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Posted at 5:02 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

How to watch or ignore the playoffs

By Evan Bliss

I learned an interesting tidbit last week: since Robert Kraft took over ownership of the New England Patriots seventeen years ago, the Patriots have been to the playoffs twelve times. That’s 70 percent of the time, which is impressive even with the Dolphins and Bills in their conference.

In comparison, Dan Snyder’s 11-year ownership of the Redskins has produced three playoff appearances (27 percent). What does this mean? The Redskins missing the playoffs is a better bet than the Patriots going.

What kind of post-season Redskins fan are you is my question?

John McClane. The die-hard fan that will walk across broken glass for his Redskins without shoes or socks on while getting shot at by a bunch of angry and greedy Germans. No need to watch the playoffs without the Redskins. If the Redskins are in off-season mode, so is the McClane Redskins fan, and boy is he pissed. The McClane won’t even play fantasy football unless his team is all Redskins.

Favorite All-Time: Sammy Baugh
Favorite Now: London Fletcher

Least Favorite Now: Albert Haynesworth

Tony Stark. The iron man fan is second to no one in Redskins loyalty, but doesn’t allow the Redskins’ performance to govern his overall attitude and emotional well-being. The Stark fan will watch the playoffs, but not for enjoyment, only to hate on Redskins rivals. This year the NFC East only sent the Iggles, opposed to previous years where the Cowpies, Gints, and Iggles all go. The Stark might watch other games for gambling purposes, but won’t be invested emotionally.

Favorite All-Time: John Riggins
Favorite Now: LaRon Landry
Least Favorite Now: Graham Gano

Gordon Gekko. Clearly a business minded box-seat holder, the Gekko (not to be confused with Geico) is a solid Redskins fan when able, but will support another favorite team during the playoffs if the Redskins fail to make an appearance. The Gekko might support another team for a couple players he likes, team colors, traditions, an affiliation or regard for the town they play in, I’ve heard them all. The Gekko will actually stand up and applaud his surrogate teams.

Favorite All-Time: Darrell Green
Favorite Now: Chris Cooley
Least Favorite Now: Donovan McNabb

Benedict Arnold. The Arnold has flipped more times than a politician, and even though  Benny will support the Redskins for nearly a full season, he will actually support Redskin rivals in the playoffs. Be wary of the Arnold's comments like, “if the Cowboys win it, makes the NFC East a better conference.” No, no it doesn’t Benny.

Favorite All-Time: Ken Houston
Favorite Now: Donovan McNabb
Least Favorite Now: Clinton Portis

Shirley MacLaine. The Shirley is a fair-weather Redskins fan. When the Skins win, Shirley is difficult to tell apart from her die-hard cousin John McClane. When the Skins lose, it’s not worth the time to watch the games because there’s too much going on in the outside world that needs attending to. Shirley will watch the playoffs, but probably be a nuisance due to continuous roster and rule questions.

Favorite All-Time: Doug Williams
Favorite Now: Rex Grossman
Least Favorite Now: that guy that didn’t live up to his contract

Not really sure where I sit in all of this. I’d like to say I’m a McClane, but I do play fantasy football with players who are not all Redskins (no Cowboys though).

In the end, supporting your team is supporting your team. Any one of the above fans would be thrilled if the Redskins were in the playoffs. Whether you’re a live free to die-hard fan or are fresh on the bandwagon winning, doesn’t discriminate, but losing sure does.

By Evan Bliss  | January 7, 2011; 5:02 PM ET
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Comments

this is a great post. i am the Tony Stark fan. i will link this to my blog www.b2br.wordpress.com (sorry for the advertising).
well done.

Posted by: namichal1029 | January 9, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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