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Burgundy Revolution: Chiefs Day After



Another day, another inbox just overflowing with rage. Like, I'm thinking about getting my BlackBerry its own Xanax prescription.

To start, take a listen to "Fail to the Redskins," by the "Ashburn Funeral Choir." It's also available on the Sell the Team Dan MySpace page, for embedding on your own profile. If you're not currently near a bridge or railroad track, I'd encourage you to take a listen.


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"We are mourning the death of a franchise," one of the creators wrote me. "It's a funeral march for every die-hard Redskins fan who hopes that something can be done to keep Snyder from further sabotaging any chance this team has at a resurrection."

Then there's the above image, sent in by reader Trey. I actually called the Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department to make sure it wasn't a fake. The guy who answered the phone laughed when I asked if this was real, and laughed again when I asked why. It was a laugh, like, "dude, have you not been paying attention?"

"There's a bunch of Redskins fans here at the firehouse, and they're just not real happy," he said. "It's just a little humor, but we thought everyone could appreciate it."

Then there was the e-mail I got from Ryan, who reminded me of those signs at FedEx that encourage fans to text 78247 for assistance. Sitting in the very last row of section 418, Ryan and his friends decided to text for assistance.

Redskins: 2:24:21 PM, WHAT CAN WE ASSIST YOU WITH TODAY?

Ryan: 2:25:26 PM, WE NEED AN OFFENSE ASAP. TELL DAN

Redskins: 2:31:17 PM, TRY TO ENJOY THE GAME

Then, of course, there was the Motley Fool piece, by a Redskins fan, that treated Daniel Snyder the way Vinny Cerrato might treat Jim Zorn, if that follows. Badly, i mean.

Snyder's Redskins are a textbook example of appalling managerial practices. And trust me, this goes way beyond football. Investors who've sat through the last two years of market performance have definitely seen this type of behavior before. We've seen it at AIG (NYSE: AIG), at Countrywide (now part of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC)), at the trading desks at Bear Stearns (now part of JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM)), Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch (also part of Bank of America).

The type of myopic thinking that Dan Snyder seems to embrace so tightly helped steer another storied franchise, General Motors, into the ditch it finds itself in today. Whoever taught Snyder about business practices must be getting around a lot, because everyone seems to be playing from the same playbook these days. And that is really a tragedy.

If you prefer verse, you could check out this Edgar Allen Poe-inspired poem about Daniel Snyder, which manages to rhyme "Redskins" with "injured shins" and "develop from within!" Are we still talking about a game? I can't remember.

I know I've previously written about Fire The Danny, but I only just became acquainted with Impeach Dan Snyder, which went with the headline, "Cerrato and Snyder Address Shortage of Shermans." No, they didn't choose to turn this into an extended Sherman-dominated metaphor about Snyder marching to the sea and burning everything in his path..

Don't forget this Craigslist ad, which might not be 100 percent in earnest:

WANTED! Experienced business professional (and billionaire) to buy the Washington Redskins Franchise and take it over from the evil Dan Snyder. He is the worst owner in sports and has mismanaged and placed control of the team in the hands of incompetents who probably couldn't manage a team in Madden on franchise mode. Must have at least $1 billion in cash reserves or other liquid asset. Team is valued around $1.2 but Snyder will probably ask for $1.8 (judging by the markups on concessions, tickets with limited view, and parking.)

(The job requirements include "Must love the Washington Redskins" and "Can not be friends with Vinny Cerrato.")

And then, of course, there was the City Paper item which linked to the truly amazing video of beer vendors open for business in the FedEx Field restrooms. So now even your beer can carry the stench of decay.

Unless you're drinking Dogfish Head Punkin Chunkin. That still smells like heaven.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2009; 4:25 PM ET
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Today's poll:

Which of the following has the longest life span in the days to come:

1. That parody on the copyrighted Redskins song, Hail to the Redskins?

2. That unauthorized YouTube video from within FedExField during an NFL game?

3. Jim Zorn's job as head coach.

Posted by: wahoo2x | October 19, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

stein,
any truth to the rumor that vinny has asked stan kasten to go on philly radio offering ticekts to monday nights game at fed ex?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 19, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hard-working Sherman Lewis has already scripted the first five plays for next week's Redskins game:

B-4
Under the N, 32
Under the I, those lovely legs, 11
G-58
and
O-75

Posted by: GoBigRed4 | October 19, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The first sponsored link on this page is for a bi-polar support program.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The beer selling has been standard practice for a while. My wife couldn't believe it when she glimpsed someone in there. Apparently beers are not for sale in the womens' bathrooms near section 223.

But hey, you never have to leave the toilet. This year, that's a real advantage.

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 19, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we get it. The Redskins are having a horrendous year and the front office ineptitude - and fan frustrations - are coming to a head.

But is this daily "Angst Watch" really neccessary? Can the Post make it a LITTLE less obvious that they are enjoying this as much as they are?

I would rather go through another three months of "Favre Watch" then read this crap each an every day. There is no doubt that fans are fed up and angry. But there is a difference between a fan that is truly affected by the season, and those who want to get their name in a blog or article by desacrating our fight song, wearing a paper bag on their head, etc.

Learn the difference, Dan. The latter certainly doesnt represent the feelings of this fan base.

Posted by: rob10873 | October 20, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Learn the difference, Dan. The latter certainly doesnt represent the feelings of this fan base.

Posted by: rob10873 | October 20, 2009 12:58 AM

yes it does. pay attention LOL

Posted by: greatteamdan | October 20, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Greatteamdan - Pay attention to what? This blog? The Washington Post? Andy Pollin and Czabe on ESPN980? No thanks. I am no Pollyanna, dude - I want the same change everyone else wants, the most realistic being the firing of Cerrato and Snyder giving away complete autonomy of football decisions to qualified people. We all know that. But this daily competition of who can come up with the funniest joke, quip, or blog comment, or who can best humiliate their fellow fan base, is tired. Some of us understand that our Fight Song doesnt belong to Dan Snyder, nor does it belong to a couple of dudes that make a parody of it and try to get it publicized for their own 15 minutes of fame. There are some things you just dont touch, regardless of your level of angst.

Posted by: rob10873 | October 20, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Rob10873,
No one here - not a single person who posts on this blog, writes for this blog, complains to family members or friends, discontinues his season ticket plans, mails in her 'skins merch, comments for pay, comments for free, gets sued by the team, gets a brown bag confiscated, misses Frank Herzog, and sits on a train for an hour and a half to walk a mile to an escalator that leads to a steep set of concrete stairs - none of us actually enjoys making fun of the Redskins.

We bash the Redskins because that's how much they mean to us.

As for the fight song,
This is the year that Redskins fans finally lost hope. We've been bad before (3-13, 4-12, and two scoops of 5-11 and 6-10). And yet, despite the slew of last place divisional finishes and bottom rung offenses, we have always believed that our team is no more than a season or two removed from dominance. Hope has never been in short supply. It's come in the form of Norv Turner and Heath Shuler, IN GUS WE TRUST, Bend-but-Don't-Break, Dan Snyder and Brad Johnson, Dan Snyder and Marty Ball, Dan Snyder and Fun & Gun, Gibbs II, and not that long ago...Horny for Zorny.

There is no quick fix this year, and there is no hope. There isn't an offensive line, a starting quarterback, a young and hungry running back, a receiving core, a reliable bench, an offensive coordinator, a head coach, a GM, a team president, or a plan. There are only three things: an inept owner, an ugly stadium, and a fight song. And the owner owns the stadium and the fight song. So f*** the stadium.

And f*** the fight song.

¡Viva!

Posted by: jmorrisa | October 20, 2009 5:58 AM | Report abuse

"none of us actually enjoys making fun of the Redskins."

To be fair, I enjoy making fun of the Redskins.

Posted by: Section117 | October 20, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

No matter how poorly they played in the past I still always felt like we could turn it around the next year. Not anymore. This season has shown that Dan Snyder would rather tinker with his toy and lose than step out of the decision making process and win. I truly see no reason to think this will change in the immediate future.

Posted by: will_ga | October 20, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

No matter how poorly they played in the past I still always felt like we could turn it around the next year. Not anymore. This season has shown that Dan Snyder would rather tinker with his toy and lose than step out of the decision making process and win. I truly see no reason to think this will change in the immediate future.

Posted by: will_ga | October 20, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Incredibly well said jmorrisa !

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 20, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Thanks jbanks!

Posted by: jmorrisa | October 20, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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