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Vinny Cerrato defends Dan Snyder's character

I make my living from burrowing into the slimy little corners of ridiculous local sports soap operas, and even I'm sick of this one. Literally every day there's something new to write about that has absolutely nothing to do with the men in tight clothes who throw around the weirdly shaped ball and then occasionally hug each other. You almost don't need to watch the football games to cover this team. This week's arc went from Dan Snyder's apology on Tuesday to John Riggins's outburst on Wednesday to Greg Blache's return-from-the-silent-void on Thursday.

And in the interest of closing this week's loop of madness, I guess I should tell you that Vinny Cerrato took to the airwaves on his radio show Friday morning to defend his boss from Riggins's charges of having a dark heart. Riggins certainly rubbed at least a few fans the wrong way by turning this into a discussion of morals and ethics, but I still have to imagine that if he and Cerrato are duking it out in the arena of public opinion, the Hall of Famer will have the upper hand.

Anyhow, the second segment of Cerrato's "Inside the Red Zone" program on ESPN 980 jumped right in to Snyder's decision to speak to the media for a few minutes this week. This was only a few weeks after Cerrato had defended Snyder's decision not to speak to the media during the season on this same radio program.

"I think this: I think Dan wanted to let the fans know that he's frustrated and embarrassed, that we're all embarrassed," Cerrato said. "And he just wanted to let them know I feel your pain, I hear you, and I hurt like you hurt. I mean, after a loss the fans are frustrated, and so is Dan. I mean, Dan's frustrated after the game. Everybody's frustrated after the game.

"But Dan just wanted to let the fans know I hear you, I feel your pain, and I am along with you in that I'm frustrated. We're all frustrated. You know, we don't want to be 2-5, and he just wanted to let the fans know that as the owner of the team, I will get this fixed and I feel your frustration. And there's nothing more that Dan wants to do than have those fans cheering, being excited and having a winning team. That's what Dan wants to do for these fans."

Then co-host Frank Hanrahan asked about Riggins's outburst, and the resulting defense of Snyder from Blache, the long-silent defensive coordinator.

"I think this, you know, I think John Riggins has always been an outlandish entertainer, and this time he crossed the line, I believe. And maybe it's because Dan bought the radio station, this one that we're on, 980, that fires John Riggins, so maybe he holds a grudge that way. But the thing about it is, you can't say Dan Snyder has a black heart. You know, separate football from the person, ok? You can say what you want about football, because we ARE 2-5, so go ahead and criticize, because we have done that. But you can't say Dan Snyder is a bad person.

"I mean, ask Chris Samuels. His brother gets in a car accident in Tampa, Dan flies Chris down to Alabama to pick his family up, fly to Tampa to be with his brother. Ask Todd Collins. His wife is having a baby on a Friday and Joe Gibbs comes down and says we've got to get Todd up to see his wife so he can be there for the birth. Ask Robert Royal during Katrina, the family lost their house, lost everything, Dan flies down, picks the family up, gets them out of there to save their lives.

"The Sean Taylor thing, flies the team down there, Sean Taylor's family up here a couple times. Ask Jon Jansen, doing the right thing about flying him in to ask him to retire, flying he and his wife in to do it properly. Ask Brian Schottenheimer, after he had fired Marty Schottenheimer, he had had the same thyroid cancer that Dan had, Dan hooked him up with his doctors and sent him to the doctors at Mayo Clinic.

"So you can't say Dan Snyder is a bad person. You know, say what you want right now about the football, but we will get that fixed. But don't say that he's a bad guy. So John Riggins, I don't think he knows Dan Snyder as a person. To me, John is just trying to create noise to get himself noticed to create a job or something like that. That's my opinion.

"But say what you want about football, but you cannot say Dan Snyder [is a bad person], he's done so many good things that people don't know about. If you just ask a lot of the players. Greg Blache, that's why he came out and said that. Greg mentioned that he's done a lot of things for him. And he's done a lot of things for a lot of people that people don't know about. So John, if you don't know, don't say it. Say what you want about football right now, but don't say it about him as a person."

Hanrahan then asked about Blache's comments on Thursday, which led to some more passionate defense from Cerrato.

"Well I think it needed to be said, because facts are facts, and people don't know all the things," Cerrato said. "So don't criticize him as a person. Criticize us as we're 2-5 in football, because we HAVE made some mistakes, and we admit that. And that's what we're working on correcting. But don't say that he has got a black heart. Don't say that he's a bad guy. Because you know what, he's done a lot of good for a lot of charities, a lot of people. I was at an event last Thursday night, and the Redskins Charitable Foundation was getting an award for all they do for [a specific charity], so don't say that he's a bad guy. Criticize us right now about the football, but don't criticize him as a person."

And Hanrahan asked one final question about the relationship between Riggins and the franchise.

"I mean, John's the one that comes out and makes all these statements," Cerrato said. "You know, a few weeks ago it was about Jim Zorn. Now it's about Dan Snyder. So just knock it off. You can talk about where we are right now at 2-5, but don't talk about them as people."

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 6, 2009; 10:38 AM ET
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- Walt Disney Studios are confirming that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder did in fact make an uncredited cameo appearance in "Walt Disney's Christmas Carol," a new 3-D blockbuster movie premiering this weekend, based on the classic Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery the true meaning of Christmas.

Fans will have to have to look closely though if they want to catch a glimpse of the infamous owner of the Washington football franchise. Snyder makes his appearance during a scene early in the movie when Scrooge's former business partner, the long deceased Jacob Marley, visits on Christmas Eve to warn Scrooge about the impending arrival of three ghosts.

At one point in the scene, Marley tells Scrooge to look out the window at the thousands of ghosts who have been doomed to wander the earth forever without comfort, satisfaction or rest after because they lost their souls to avarice, greed and contempt for their fellow man. In a stunning close-up, viewers can clearly make out a short and greasy-looking ghost with glasses -- a "dead ringer" for Snyder -- who sneaks up to a poor and tired old widow and says simply, "I'll see you in court."

However, Snyder is said to have declined Disney's offer to give him a listed film credit, apparently fearing it might limit his future acting aspirations to be typecast as a soulless, greedy and avaricious runt.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 6, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Why can't Dan Snyder speak for himself? Why does he have to have Vinny Me speak for him. The Danny v. the Diesel on the Danny's radio station. Or the Danny v. the Diesel on Inside the NFL. The Diesel will do it. The question is--Does the Danny have the stuff to go head to head with the Diesel? I think not. Not even on his station. He needs Vinny Me to talk for him. CHICK CHICK CHICK CHICK CHICK CHICKEN. WHAT A WIENER. The Danny v. The Diesel.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | November 6, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Well I guess there are two sides to the "Snyder is a bad person" debate. Most of Vinny's stories about Dan being a good person have to do with him paying to fly someone somewhere. I'm not sure it really qualifies as being a good person to use the organization's money to do something like that. I didn't know the thing about Brian Schottenheimer though. And I think we as fans probably do forget too often how well Snyder and the whole organization handled the passing of Sean Taylor.

Here's what it boils down to for me… We've heard from a couple people now who currently work for Snyder stick up for him. That's to be expected. We've also heard a couple people who got fired by Snyder come out against him (not just Riggo, but there have been plenty of callers on the Junkies and Lavar's shows with stories about him). That's to be expected too.

Snyder has done some good things and some bad things. But I think most of us don't really care if Snyder's actions are moral or ethical. We just want the team to win!!!!

Posted by: DCUMD | November 6, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

snyders mite help out his friends/employees,but hes never done anything for me.they[snyder,cerratzo]dont get it.a win or three wins wont change the bad taste in fans mouths.

Posted by: DLESMonday | November 6, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

For once I agree with Cerrato. Riggins did go a bit overboard with the dark heart line. Snyder may be a businessman but it appears as though he truly does care about the team. The problem lies with Vinny himself. Get rid of that clown.

Posted by: JDP_ | November 6, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I actually agree w/ Cerrato here. Most comments about Snyder and his football management choices are right on the ball, but Riggo is WAY out of line. This isn't a moral issue.

Posted by: mmathai1 | November 6, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Snyder does seem to treat his assets fairly well. Except his coach whom he eviscerates slowly in public. And then there are stories about the constant turn-over in front office personnel which speaks to a toxic environment in his own backyard. And his playing favorites amongst the players. And how he sucks the fans dry financially and treats them like pawns to be pushed around without care for their happiness or concern for their inalienable rights of self expression.

But other than all that, the guy is a peach!!

Posted by: skinssox01 | November 6, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Riggo loses credibility when he said the "black heart" comment. Just sounded trite and childish, especially when admitting he has an axe to grind.

I am over this already, let's just get to atlanta and get beat so we have real football to complain about.

Posted by: jpfterps | November 6, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

It's sounds like Dan Snyder's plane has a generous spirit. Still an open question on Snyder, though.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | November 6, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Blow up the team, start from scratch on Offense. Draft only OL!!! For the next three years.

Defense is Fine, they just need an offense that isn't the best player on the other team.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | November 6, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Certainly, it's undeniable that Danny has done some nice things, as noted by Vinny.

There's nothing odd or unprecedented about someone being a nice guy in his personal life, and a real nasty s.o.b. in the business world.

Except . . . the guy who's an awful person in his BUSINESS is asking us to believe that the REAL guy is the nice guy who flies people around when a family member is sick.

I would also note the MANY, MANY other incidents of Danny being a rat-b**tard in his personal life (the tree-cutting/the nanny/etc.).

It's probably fair to say that DS is a 75% jerk. Does that mean his "heart is dark"? I doubt it. EVERY TIME he doesn't something dreadful, I'm sure he thinks, "it's just business" and "well, what choice did I have?"

But you always have the choice not to be a jerk.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | November 6, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

didn't Riggo say "dark heart"? If so, why does Cerrato feel the need to bring race into this?

Posted by: TheDubb | November 6, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The black heart comment was unfortuante, because it distracted from the main thrust of what Riggins was saying: It's more important for Snyder to do things his way, and get the glory for them (and also to make money) than it is to win. Watching the Redskins operate the last 10 years it's hard to argue with that. I doubt we'll ever hear Vinny, Blache or even Dan ever actually address that question.

Posted by: TheFingerman | November 6, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Ask Jon Jansen, doing the right thing about flying him in to ask him to retire, flying he and his wife in to do it properly."


Posted by: TC13 | November 6, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Snyder may be a businessman but it appears as though he truly does care about the team"

No, if he cared about the team, he would hire good football people to run the team. He cares about his ego and himself. And if the rumors of him making people stand looking at a wall, having to call him Mr. Snyder, belittling people, etc etc are true then Riggins is absolutely correct. Lavar eluded to his not speaking at Taylors funeral because of the way he treated taylor prior to his death. Snyders an ego maniac, a coward, and has a Nopolean complex.

Posted by: JDB1 | November 6, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Ask Jon Jansen, doing the right thing about flying him in to ask him to retire, flying he and his wife in to do it properly."


Posted by: TC13 | November 6, 2009 11:53 AM

Yes, agreed -- let's ask Jon Jansen.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | November 6, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"It's sounds like Dan Snyder's plane has a generous spirit. Still an open question on Snyder, though.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | November 6, 2009 11:38 AM"


Posted by: nojunk4me | November 6, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The Danny is Voldemort!!! Vinny Me, well he is just a rat!!

Posted by: riceldi | November 6, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

now here's a hypothetical...
if vinny gets fired, does he join ranks with john riggins?

Posted by: bacaje | November 6, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Vinny is a tool... Being sorry for the state of the franchise means nothting...I've yet to hear from Danny or Vinny that they take accountability for the state of the team! If you are the owner, shouldn't you say that I will fix this, no matter what it takes.

By the way, why does Vinny the idiot have a radio show? How many other GM's or VP of whatever Ops in the NFL has a weekly radio show?

F Vinny (four letter words that end with ire and uck)!

Posted by: skinfannomore | November 6, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Agree that Riggo's comments on Snyder may have went a little over the top with the 'black heart' and 'bad guy', but the reality is that Snyder has had a whole host of issues outside of owning the football team that show him to be a mean-spirited bully. Did he not cut down trees in violation of the U.S. Park regulations? Were he and his wife not accused and sued by a former nanny for mistreatment? Did his former employees at Snyder Communications not talk of his tirades and humiliating employees?

Dan Snyder can only hide beyond his paid minions like Cerrato and Blatche for so long. Eventually, he's got to be accountable to the fan base for all that has been done wrong in suing fans who could no longer pay for luxury seats, making a mockery of the Redskins franchise, and trying to blame others for mistakes made in acquiring personnel.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 6, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The best thing Riggo said was that the "owner has a mind set of a child"...

That was priceless!!!

Posted by: skinfannomore | November 6, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

You might be a great football player, but it doesn't make you smart. Riggins has demonstrated, once again, what a dumb arse he is.
Vinni - and I am not a fan of him - is correct, you want to b!tch about the football team? fine. But to make stupid and baseless personal accusation against Snyder - or anyone for that matter - is just plain simply showing how ignorant the accuser is.

Posted by: hock1 | November 6, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess... HMMMM...

WELL, 90% here are dumb arses. Only Danny, Vinny Me, Greg Blatche and the blind mice here defending them are the SMART ONES!!!


Posted by: riceldi | November 6, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The ones defending Danny and Vinny Me are paid employees by the Danny who he threatened to fire if they didn't come out and defend him.

Also he demanded his defenders that they HAD to attack the Diesel PLUS say nice things about Danny Napoleon Dinamite.

Now you see... there is an explanation about all of this!!

Posted by: riceldi | November 6, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

You guys should listen to LaVar Arrington's show. Ex players and employees have gone on record talking about the real Dan Snyder. Riggo nailed it without going into specifics. Anyone that's been inside Redskins Park has better insight into the man than people posting here without a clue of what actually goes on behind those doors.

Posted by: CHICO13 | November 6, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"The Sean Taylor thing"?! Oh yeah, that little, you know, murder.

Posted by: RIP-21 | November 6, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

How does this wonderful person & owner treat his most prized possession, the Skins fans? By sqeezing every last dollar he can out of their pockets, that's how. It is immoral that he charges what he does while operating such an amateurish franchise. The 80,000 people that go out there every week are being royally humped while he provides jet rides to a few employees. Big frickin' deal.

Posted by: shanks1 | November 6, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I think you're wrong on this one:

"Riggins certainly rubbed at least a few fans the wrong way by turning this into a discussion of morals and ethics,"

This gives the impression that Riggins comments were not well-received when, in reality, the overwhelming majority of fans support the comments of John Riggins.

Posted by: nativedc | November 6, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

No one posting here knows anything about what actually happens. You can't believe ex-players or coaches - everyone's got an agenda. The team stinks - that's all you know. He's heavily involved in charities, but doesn't broadcast it. He's messing up managing the Redskins, obviously. But Riggins is just trying to get attention, just like everyone else on tv/radio.

Posted by: dkg4 | November 6, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course Vinny is sticking up for Snyder. Snyder's hand is placed firmly up his a$$. We all know Vinny is Snyder's puppet....has been for 10 years. I will agree to the point though that, Snyder, football aside, doesn't appear to be a "bad person," based on the examples the puppet gave, and I remember reading about those at the times they occurred.

However, Cerrato conveniently dances around the football aspects of the discussion. Snyder has made one terrible decision after another, including giving Cerrato the keys to the team. We all know the rest. But, he also completely avoids the topic of suing season ticket holders, as well as the sign debacle.

Snyder practically owns the airwaves around D.C. and that alone will prevent free speaking, stand alone thinkers from expressing their views. You don't have to agree with everything Riggins and Brian Mitchell say, but it's people like them that get the fans voices heard. And, it's the reason they were fired from Snyder owned stations....b/c they speak out against him. Snyder's thin skin, and desire to control everything is part of the reason this franchise is in such disarray, and is seen as "Raiders East." There's next to no hope he'll actually sell the franchise, so the only hope is that he wakes up, gets Vinny's head out from his a$$, and hires some people that know how to run a football organization and GET OUT OF THE WAY.

Posted by: ywill316 | November 6, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

It is not for me to say whether Daniel Snyder is a good man or a bad man. I don't him as a person therefore I would not be able to form a sound opinion on that. I am sure that is has helped many different individuals and or organizations with his time and money. For that he should be applauded. But there is a point I do want to make here.

Just because he has helped many with his efforts in whatever form he chooses does not mean that makes up for the way he has chosen to poorly handle people who work for him. The evidence seems to be clear that when he determines that he wants to make changes he does not care how it is handled as so long as it is done. The Jim Zorn situation is a clear example for one. Instead of firing him since he does not want him as a coach he chooses instead to strip him of a portion of his duties all covered in the guise of trying to help because his plate is too full as Cerrato stated. If he feels that Zorn is not the man he wants to coach his team that is his perogative as a owner. But than do it in a professional and respectful manner. Everyone deserves that basic respect. What he has done to Zorn is inexcusable and demonstrates that he does have some character issues. People who have genuine character generally don't go out to make people look foolish just because things have not worked out right.

The last point I want to make is this. This trying to seperate the football decisions from personal decisions that Cerrato is referring to does not jibe as well. In short what Cerrato is attempting to convince people of is that you can actually have 2 sets of values you live or use: professional and private. Again that does not jibe. All you have to do is look at the politicians around the nation as examples. Publically so many of them say they believe one thing ( for example strong advocates for marriage and family and creating policies to protect and uphold that) yet privately they are destroying their families with poor moral decisions( See Sanford as an example-adultery). To me men like Cerrato want people to believe that you can treat people poorly professionally but somehow privately you can be a person of great character and virtue. I don't buy it. I have seen people who try this. The reality is they are what they are and the real persons character will eventually come out in the end.

Posted by: lefthandedslingshot | November 6, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"So you can't say Dan Snyder is a bad person. You know, say what you want right now about the football, but we will get that fixed. But don't say that he's a bad guy.

Fix it now you moron. And judging by the decisions that $nyder has made in the past I'll call him a bad person. Just because you have a Jet and lots of money doesn't make you a good person now does it?

Posted by: hessone | November 6, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

How about you knock it off Vinny? Why don't we evaluate your performance as a GM/mouthpiece? Just like Blache, Vinny needs to SHUT UP and worry about NOT trading away the #1 CB in the NFL at the time, Champ Bailey AND a 2nd round pick for Portis, for drafting TWO WRs and a pass catching TE when one would've sufficed when there was and still a glaring need at OL and NOT drafting Desean Jackson and/or Eddie Royal, for bringing in Sherman Lewis to try and salvage this debacle we call an offense and for insisting that the 'Skins hire Jim Zorn. You're a buffoon, Vinny! Just shut up and go to your racquetball game with Danny.

Posted by: metrosucks100 | November 6, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

You might be a great football player, but it doesn't make you smart. Riggins has demonstrated, once again, what a dumb arse he is.
Vinni - and I am not a fan of him - is correct, you want to b!tch about the football team? fine. But to make stupid and baseless personal accusation against Snyder - or anyone for that matter - is just plain simply showing how ignorant the accuser is.

Posted by: hock1 | November 6, 2009 12:52

You just made a personal accusation yourself by calling Riggo a dumb arse. Look in the mirror and try judging that person.

Posted by: hessone | November 6, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder IS a bad person.

For every story of goodness (and in fairness, there are some), there are 10 stories about what a douchbag he is.

Redskin Fans should judge Snyder based off of:
1) The Team (which is awful)
2) How Dan Snyder treats fans (also awful)

I only wish we could tar, and feather him, and give him a good kick in the ass on his way out of DC.

BTW, Riggo is 100% correct. If Snyder WAS smart, and he's not, he'd be looking for ways to mend fences with one of the best players ever to play here.

Posted by: terp4303 | November 6, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

It's the 'dark heart' comment that gets all the attention but the main focus of Riggins' argument was that with Snyder, his primary concern is enriching Dan Snyder. Riggins is right on target with that, and I don't think many would argue that point. It's all about Dan, from the don't-look-at-him-you're-the-hired-help, to suing the fans, to banning anti-Dan signs, to the vanity draft picks.

So what can you infer about a person if they consistently put their own concerns over their employees, fans and customers? Riggo is probably right. Snyder's all-about-me, diva attitude is The Problem, and the Skins won't become a winner until this is somehow resolved.

Posted by: Punisher703 | November 6, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I actually agree w/ Cerrato here. Most comments about Snyder and his football management choices are right on the ball, but Riggo is WAY out of line. This isn't a moral issue.

Posted by: mmathai1 | November 6, 2009

Freedom of speech is a moral issue. Treating people with dignity and respect is a moral issue. If you worked for someone with $nyders practices you too would see the light.

Posted by: hessone | November 6, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

when you have tons of money it is easy to look like you care- send the plane to pick up this person, give some money to that person. that does not automaticLLY make you a good person.

Posted by: wrinkled | November 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe anyone would be foolish enough to agree with Cerrato and post it anywhere on the internet. But as Santana would say, "he do what he do".

Posted by: hessone | November 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

That's enough out of you please just go away!

Posted by: yampaco | November 6, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hitler only had one ball
Drasner has two but very small
Cerrano has something similar
But nobody got balls like Riggo

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | November 6, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I was one who said Riggo took it too far, but I'd take Riggo over Cerrato any day.

And did I miss something with the whole Jon Jansen retiring thing or did Simple Jack make that up?

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | November 6, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

From a Skins Fan standpoint, the heart is not rosy red, that is for sure.

Posted by: skinsfan441 | November 6, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I think that Riggo was right on the money but he probably did not choose the right words in articulating his points. Dan Snyder is not a "Bad Man" and he does not have a dark heart. Those words suggest a level of malevolence.

What he is a greedy man and a very poor owner of a once great franchise. He is ego-centric and a narcasist, without a doubt.

His listing of priorities being Synder, Money, Winning is probably the briefest and most acturate picture that anyone could have painted. It cleary addresses everything that has gone awry with this organization and with Snyder as an owner.

Riggo was right on

Posted by: jcollell | November 6, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Being a good person doesn't mean that you just fly people places. The fact that all these things were flying people places over such a long time... I mean seriously, with his billions is this all he's done that's good?

Posted by: rawk | November 6, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

What about reports from employees and former employees that they were instructed to face the wall and not make eye contact when getting orders from the owner? (The Lavar Arrington Show)

Posted by: jburnetti | November 6, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Right on Ryan Conway! FIRE VINNY and bring in a GM who will know what to do!! DALLAS SUCKS!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 6, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Tell IT metrosucks100. You go man go!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 6, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I found it odd that Blache talked of Snyder as a great friend and how he had gone to Snyder to get help for his family. Trying to be "friends" with employees, especially in a highly competitive environment, gets pretty dicey when it comes time for evaluations. I was very surprised to hear on ESPN 980 that according to Haynesworth, Snyder meets with him on a regular basis to get ideas about winning, etc. Great way to mess up the chain of command and undermine your coach. Other than an "Attaboy" on gameday the owner shouldn't be consorting with players. Ditto for visits to the locker room after defeats to glare at players. Of course Portis has his own special relationship with Snyder. This all goes way beyond just "meddling" ans suggests that SNyder has some deep personal needs that must be fulfilled through his ownership. Like being a friend and patron to his favorites as well as the vital force of the franchise. Yes, it's nice to help out players with family emergencies but it seems part of the pattern of paternalism. And woe to those who displease the pater familias. With these kind of personal and emotional "issues" don't look for any significant changes in how he does business.

Posted by: SackMan | November 6, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyer has done plenty unfortunately he hasn't done any thing for the FANS!!! Were sick and tired of this REDSKIN pathetic Organization. We don't care how he is personally we only care about the product and it stinks. Riggins is the voice of the traditional redskins fan not the sappy new fans that need an anouncer to tell them when to cheer.

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 6, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

My father's ex boss flew his entire law firm down to South Carolina when his mother died in his leer jet. At the same time, this ex boss (now dead), stole $100,000 from my father and equal amounts from other partners in the firm. This man also never paid his taxes, cheated on his wife with his secretaries (and would pay them off when they threatened to sue), and dealt in shady law practices to boot. Yes, this man does a selfless thing by giving my father all the time he needed to care for his mother's estate and for flying all of his coworkers down there, but the guy was still a bad guy.

Just because you do some selfless acts does not always mean that you are a good person through and through. I think I know what Riggins was trying to say with those comments, I just think that maybe he was trying to convey that the guy sucks and maybe he just did not use the right words.

Danny, no matter what you do, you will always suck in my book. Sell the team.

Posted by: VAtoLA | November 6, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steinberg why are you even allowing Vinny this kind of run. He's not credible.

Hey, Vinny I heard you use the word "I" when quoting Dan Snyder's feelings the other day in his interview. The fact of the matter is, that Dan didn't use the word "I" once. His comments were full of "we" and "us" statements. He never once took individual responsibility for anything going on with the Redskins. He's as insincere as they come.

I've not heard of one person, that doesn't get a paycheck from Snyder, defend him in anyway. Very telling. And don't even bother mentioning the George Michael interview. Talk about a lack of credibility. George Michael said Snyder wants accountability. But Snyder didn't hold himself accountable for any of this mess in his interview.

Posted by: anw821 | November 6, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

No one I know who's done business directly with Dan Snyder has a good word to say about him. No one. And then there's what he did to Redskins employees, not players, just ordinary people. So that substantiates the dark heart.

He's also been very kind to players and ex-players and coaches. And he has engaged in any number of philanthropic activities. So that goes against the dark heart bit.

I honestly do not know Mr. Snyder's character. What can accurately be said, I think, is that he is capable of acting in a low fashion, and capable of acting nobly. but then, Hitler was capable of being very considerate and courtly, didn't mean he wasn't a monster.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 6, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

WOW the danny is a nice guy after all... he sends his plane to fly people around when they need a flight somewhere and a billionaire giving money to charity (tax right off) thats amazing vinnie and how much is he making on Sean Taylor stuff now as a tribute to him ...oh can for get he told someone with cancer about the Mayo clinic ... what a guy nice of a guy i wouldnt walk across the street to piss on him if he was on fire !!

Posted by: heathdog1119 | November 7, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Never feel sorry for a man who owns his own plane.

Posted by: peterandmeredith | November 9, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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