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Skins reverse sign ban, choose glasnost



Twenty years ago this month, the Berlin Wall came down.

Now, you might argue that the end of a three-week ban on signs at FedEx Field isn't quite as important an event. And you might be technically right about that.

Still, the taste of freedom is sweet indeed, whether mixed with bratwurst in Central Europe or, um, bratwurst in Landover. The franchise chose glasnost, and the Revolution added another notch to its oversized fake championship belt.

"Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it," Vaclav Havel once said, in a quote that seems apropos to the moment.

You'll recall that the Redskins never actually announced the new sign policy, and instead just began confiscating signs at the stadium gates. But if there was secrecy and paranoia on the way in, there were streamers and banners and enthusiastically pro-freedom press releases on the way out.

"The Washington Redskins announced they have revised the policy concerning signs in their stadium to bring it in line with earlier announced rules governing messages on clothing," the release said.

(Here's how I might have phrased that: "The Washington Redskins announced that their secretive decision to ban dissent backfired in their faces and they were retreating the heck away from that fiasco.)

"We have no intention of trying to control our fans' varied ways of expressing their views on the Redskins organization and the team's performance," COO David Donovan said in the release.

("We realized it doesn't make much sense to claim that messages written on pillowcases could cause head-poking injuries," is how I might have phrased that one.)

"We've disappointed our fans so far this season, and I'm as disappointed as they are," Daniel Snyder said in the release. "I understand that some fans want to express their feelings with signs and they should do so, as long as they stay within the boundaries of good taste and don't block the views of other fans."

("Freedom," I would have said, "always wins out in the end.)





So congrats to the Burgundy Revolution. Thanks to the fellow travelers at Caps and Wizards games who joyfully brought signs announcing their solidarity in recent days. Never mind the absurdity of announcing the change at 10:26 a.m. on a Sunday when all the sign-bearers are already en route to the game; congrats also to the Washington Redskins for seeing the light. Though I'm not sure how many other franchises would have the reversal of a sign ban be their biggest pre-game news.

And it's just as well. Mike Broderick, one of the leaders of the Revolution, set up on Arena Drive Sunday morning with the massive number pictured above. But he said this was one of his last acts.

"My wife is drawing the limit now that I have started taking our bedding," he noted.

Now breathe deep, everyone, and enjoy the clean air.


By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
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Comments

The Howdy Doody show continues.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 15, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

too bad no one will be there

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm already looking forward to today's game....because it's not on FOX.

Posted by: RichinVA | November 15, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

quoting Havel. Very nice.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | November 15, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

wow things are so bad that the NFL shows their commercial for customizable ravens gear during the skins game.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | November 15, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

since reversal of sign ban, 1-0

@pindarpushkin, you must not watch much football they show that commercial during every game. but other than that your point is brilliant!!!

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | November 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

See, my pillowcase wouldn't hurt a fly afterall. I see Michael's taken it to the next level with the sheets (ha!) love it. I still have my pillowcase sign in reserve just in case I need it for the last 3 home games. I hope not. Today felt good. :)

Posted by: booboo117 | November 15, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

We all looked at this the wrong way. How much did the signs cost Danny?

That's about right for the Skins.

Posted by: sitruc | November 15, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Viva la revolucion. Don't forget that Danny is sponsoring a SIGN CONTEST this Friday night at a "Beat Dallas" pep rally, sponsored by his own radio station. Winner gets free tickets to the Dallas game. My sign will express my feelings for the Cowboys and offer a few helpful suggestions for how to beat Dallas in the future.

Don't give up the revolution yet. We've still got to:
Get Vinny fired; get Danny to bring in some NFL elders to help him pick a GM; hire a GM; let the GM hire the coach and pick the players; let the new coach pick his own staff; and insist that Danny provide a seat in the owner's box for the wife of the soldier whose sign he took for the next Monday Night game, and make darned sure that her sign (hanging from the owner's box) makes it onto TV. Finally, free tickets for a year to the grandma he sued. Then the revolution is over and we can all go back to being football fans.

We've won the battle, now let's finish the war!

Posted by: jburnetti | November 15, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

one BIG negative sign today. Ya couldn't miss it. Other than that, a very pleasant day for all at FedEX this afternoon.

Posted by: TheDubb | November 15, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Now all the Redskins need to do is knock out the starting QB and hope every back-up is half as awful as Chris Simms.

Bronchos, you might want to look to your 3rd-stringer or a nearby high school quarterback. Simms was about as bad as I've seen a quarterback be.

Posted by: tarded2much | November 15, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

No more hourly posts about this topic? Whatever will the Bog do?

Posted by: Section117 | November 15, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

No more hourly posts about this topic? Whatever will the Bog do?

Posted by: Section117 | November 15, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

It just gives the Bog more time to pound your mother the way she likes it.

Posted by: thediesel | November 15, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

You need to find a picture of the HUGE "Worst Owner Ever" sign that they had in the lower bowl right in front of Danny's suite. It stretched across an entire row and they showed it to the crowd, and then turned it around and held it up towards Danny's suite. He had to see it.

Posted by: Pbonds | November 16, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Quote from the bog:
"Never mind the absurdity of announcing the change at 10:26 a.m."

"Hello, Redskins press release department? This is Danny. I just woke up and I think we should get rid of that sign ban. Can you get a press release out sometime today that says it's okay to bring signs again?"
"Okay, will do Mr. Snyder. Should have it out by, oh, 10:26 in the morning."
"That's great, that'll give everyone time to make lots of really good signs. Bye bye."
"Bye bye, you nitwit. I mean, bye Mr. Snyder."

Posted by: kls1 | November 16, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

It just gives the Bog more time to pound your mother the way she likes it.

Posted by: thediesel | November 15, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse


Spoken like a true mouthbreather. Stay classy, Redskin fan.

Posted by: Section117 | November 16, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I didn't see the game but saw the official attendance at 85K. Was that the real attendnace or was there actually a....................


BEHAVIOR CHANGE?

If there were 85k or so, then I guess Dan's ranting was just a "tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

In other words, no behavior change.

Posted by: popopo | November 16, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

No more hourly posts about this topic? Whatever will the Bog do?

Posted by: Section117 | November 15, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse


Section 117 - Don't you have to get back to work b/f "Danny Boy" comes in?

Posted by: mb15 | November 16, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Section 117 - Don't you have to get back to work b/f "Danny Boy" comes in?

Posted by: mb15 | November 16, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse


Seriously if this is the best you can do, you're lucky to be 3-6.

Posted by: Section117 | November 16, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The beat goes on..........and the beat goes on.

Posted by: RealConservative | November 17, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

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