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Highway sign calls for Cerrato's firing

"I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Redskins general counsel David Donovan said, in a quote I'm likely to recycle 7,000 times in the next week or so. "But in terms of the way our actual fans are behaving, we don't see any difference."

Which leaves us a few possibilities concerning the above banner, which hung on Route 28 just a few miles from Redskins Park for several hours during last Thursday's morning commute.

1) Fans have been hanging anti-Redskins banners near highway overpasses for decades now, and I just never noticed.

2) Hanging a banner does not constitute behavior.

3) The people who hung this banner were not actual fans.

4) Yeah.

Elsewhere in the Revolution, Steve Coll just wrote a pithy little piece for The New Yorker about how he grew up with this franchise, how he went to every Redskins Super Bowl win, how he grabbed some RFK turf to put by his grandfather's headstone, and how he finally handed off the last of his family's season tickets to his brother and kissed off a part of his fandom:

The issue is not the team's performance on the field, dismal as that is. It is the culture created by the owner--one of greed, expediency, and mean-spiritedness. The general atmosphere around the team suggests Zimbabwe--a failed state, an intractable dictator, and an impotent and suffering populace....I cannot give up on football; I can hardly give up on the Redskins; but like many other oppressed peoples worldwide, I can at least fall back into exile and await regime change.

I guess he's not an actual fan, either.

(Coll piece via @thebiglead)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
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Vinnee's just Danni's mouth piece, the sign should say "Fire the owner as GM"! or "Dani, STOP Playing with our Team with your 1o-year track record of losing!"

Posted by: Max231 | October 26, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

....How amazing is it that the New Yorker, a publication that is usually reserved for political and cultural commentary and/or satire feels the need to run an article like this, and on the front page of its website no less. Of course, then again, I am not a real fan....

Posted by: JPJC | October 26, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan - Thanks very much for the Steve Coll link. Excellent perspective.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 26, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yay anecdotal evidence.

Posted by: popopo | October 26, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Great link to the Steve Coll article. It might be just another fan, but there have been too many of these from all sorts of angles that it isn't just piling on. Snyder can't continue on the same path. He needs a "regime change" in order to save his empire. He's going to have to switch from a totalitarian form of government to more of a constitutional monarchy.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | October 26, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I remember wobble and win.

Posted by: hessone | October 26, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse


It's obvious that the sign was hung by staffers of the Washington Post.


Posted by: mcbaker | October 26, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the sign should have been projected into the air (a la Bat Signal style). I am pretty sure that is the only way Danny Boy could see it from his private jet.

Posted by: teamhaterade | October 26, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg: It is stupid of the Redskins to blame the media for their problems. BUT, it is also clear that the Post has made a concerted effort to bash Snyder and the team at every turn. And that INCLUDES the four apparently orchestrated columns by POST columnists in a ten day period about the team's name. So spare us the innocence routine.

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 26, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

First he brought 6 Flags to it's knees. Now he has destroyed the Redskins. Danny needs to get out of the entertainment business. In the entertainment business you need to like people to be successfull. Danny doesn't like anything but Danny's wallet.

Posted by: GBMD | October 26, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Donovan's comments aren't surprising but are instead further proof that the front office of this team are living on their own planet and are out of touch with reality and the fanbase.

Either that or the front office is just used to fans always bemoaning the fact that we pay a lot of money year after year to see a poor product that erodes the proud tradition the franchise spent decades building.

Also, Steinberg isn't saying anything about the Post's coverage of the team in this post. The focus is on the second half of Donovan's comment that the fans aren't acting any differently because the team is circling the drain.

Posted by: kungpow12 | October 26, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm done watching the Skins. I don't slow down to watch traffic accidents either.

Posted by: pyrotech | October 26, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I figure it must have taken you 20 minutes to drive up there and hang the signs then another 20 to get back down and take the picture. Oh and maybe a hour to get everything to make the banner.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Snyder is a cancer growth. Another loss tonight to the Eagles. Shame on the redskins, Shame on Snyder, I wonder if the NFL would have allowed an Arab to buy the team?. What dont they let a Dubai company take over?, I am sure we will do better than we are doing under i bought my wife Snyder.
Snyder never had the money to begin with, he borrowed most of it after selling his BS company for profit during the crazy dotcom boom to a bunch of idiots who payed top dollar for it. He then turns around and thinks he is smart or has a brain, his performance shows you how incompetent that stubborn impatient cancer growth is. He needs to be sued for gross negligence for ruining this team. The NFL needs to act quickly and retroactively remove him from the ownership.

Posted by: bluebee8 | October 26, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds a bit familiar to the Obama Camp blaming Fox News -- for everything.

Posted by: kevint291 | October 26, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan please keep up the good work. Coll, Feinstein, Boswell, Jenkins -- they've all nailed this story. Now it moves to the revolution, ie. your turf.

Posted by: Pepper5 | October 27, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Sounds a bit familiar to the Obama Camp blaming Fox News -- for everything.

Posted by: kevint291

I think you have that backwards. Jus sayin'

Posted by: Predator48 | October 27, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Dopes, to say that this is simply a controversy whipped up by the post is ignorant. I've been a Skins fan and local of DC for decades and this is the most discontent I've seen. The post responds to that.

It's no different than local sports stores putting a greater percentage of Caps stuff on their shelves when they do well.

Capitalism at work.

Posted by: Gweez | October 27, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post hung the banner!

Posted by: tkelly29 | October 27, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse


Gotta' go with your version of the truth.

Posted by: glawrence007 | October 27, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 27, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Boycott all advertisers on redskin games

Posted by: californicationdude | October 27, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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