Burgundy Revolution: Eagles Gameday
I went to Las Vegas for the weekend. I didn't think about the Redskins hardly at all. In fact, I'm still in Las Vegas as I type this, and yet, I understand that the world has been ripped out under my feet since I left.
Here is Redskins general counsel David Donovan, describing the team's fan base in Sunday's Washington Post.
"I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Donovan said. "But in terms of the way our actual fans are behaving, we don't see any difference."
You know, if it was printed in The Washington Post, it must be true, but this is possibly the most ludicrous quote I've ever read in my life.
Ok, I'll take that back. If "behavior" is defined as "having paid for season tickets last Spring," I'm buying. If, however, behavior includes creating Web sites, posting Internet comments, wearing t-shirts, talking to friends, talking to colleagues, talking to lovers, talking to strangers on the street, or randomly walking around the greater FedEx Field vicinity screaming invective about the franchise, then I'm gonna have to disagree. The way the team's actual fans are behaving is, in fact, different this year than in past year's.
Like, a lot different.
Anyhow, these are things I meant to link to before I came here, but then I got distracted. I'll definitely go to the Eagles-Redskins game, and I'll do so with as open a mind as I can muster, attempting to figure out if the behavior is actually a figment of my imagination.
* Some Redskins fans are raising money to try to buy banner ads on Metro buses reading "Sell OUR Team Danny Boy." They've already gotten $583 committed. See here.
* This PhotoShop of the iconic image from Lost feels sort of angry to me.
* Here's an article from Business Management Daily called "Learning What Not to Do From the Leadership of the Washington Redskins." Don't click on it, because there are all these ads for Business Management Daily, but still.
* Rick Snider from The Examiner, who's been around this team as long as just about any working local media member, thinks the unrest will be temporarily soothed by some offseason magic.
Come January, a new coach and front office will have Snyder saying he's learned once more (the man has learned so many times that the college dropout should be given an honorary Ph.D.) A top-five pick and heavy free agent spending will again trick Redskins fans into believing things might be getting better. And in two years, the pitchforks and torches will return. They always do.
* There's this ad on Craigslist:
I have a modest proposal. It must be very painful to be a Redskins fan right now. I'm here to help. Until moving to D.C. recently, I never lived near an NFL city, so I've never attended an NFL game in person. So I'm willing to take your ticket to tonight's game if you also pay me $50 to cover gas and parking expenses.
* You can buy Jim Zorn's signed hand; see First Cuts.
* A list of the Top 100 Embarrassments of the Daniel Snyder administration, at Jerry's Wheelhouse.
* Dark comic of the Revolution Danny Rouhier sums up the smooth playcalling machine in his latest video. It's funny.
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