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Portrait of Dan Snyder as a young man



Tuesday night's E:60 profile on Dan Snyder was likely his best batch of national publicity since the Redskins hired Jim Zorn. There were cursory mentions of some of his early missteps, and several comments from the owner about his recent regrets, but the overall tone was certainly more positive than negative. The only critic shown was 106.7 The Fan's Eric Bickel, who talked to ESPN producers for more than an hour but was shown just for a few seconds early in the piece, with a focus on the Albert Haynesworth signing.

"Did Dan Snyder buy a bunch advertising time [on ESPN] or something?" Bickel asked on the air Wednesday morning. "That was a infomercial for Dan Snyder. It was not a complete picture at all. It was so one-sided. It was all about sympathy, and he had cancer -- of course you're gonna feel bad for a guy who had cancer -- and his dad died -- of course that's a horrible thing.

"But there was nothing about the way he ran the organization, the way he's treated the fans, suing the fans, making them use stupid credit cards, gouging us on beers, on parking, on tickets, he and Vinny running the team like a fantasy team, flying around....It was the biggest puff piece that I've seen....I don't care about Haynesworth. I care about suing the fans, overpriced parking, horrible game experience, fantasy GM, detached ruthless businessman that people can't relate to. They didn't use any of that."

"I feel like I got run over by a dump truck," said John Auville on the same program, "a Redskins-emblazoned dump truck with the logo on the side, just spewing positive PR."

Did average viewers agree? Judging by the response on Twitter, the piece seems to have changed some mind. A few examples:

* The E:60 epi on Dan Snyder was pretty good. He seems more human as you listen to his story & he admitted his past missteps.

* Great interview with Dan Snyder. I really enjoyed it. Showed a lot of people a side of him, they have never seen.

* Just watched E:60 w/ Dan Snyder. He ain't half bad. Gotta love a guy who wants to win and loves his team

* Just saw the Dan Snyder interview on espn360 I look at dude a lil different now

* Anyone that just watched that E:60 can't help but have a new appreciation, even admiration, for Dan Snyder.

* New found respect for Dan Snyder. Good man.

* Watching this E:60 on Dan Snyder... might actually be growing to like the guy

* I have a lot more respect for Dan Snyder...hearing about his background & overcoming adversity.

Maybe there's a public relations professional somewhere in Ashburn smiling right now, in other words. Longtime Snyder watchers probably were familiar with much of the story, but at least we got to see some images of Snyder as a Young Man. Love the glasses. Just love them.




By Dan Steinberg  | October 6, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
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the second picture looks like a scene from vinny cerrato's movie.

Posted by: goose33 | October 6, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The Junkies have been crapping on the Skins way more than usual. They beat the Eagles? No the Eagles beat themselves. Dan Snyder needs to let someone else control the team! Oh he gave control to Allen and Shanahan? Well last year he sued his fans!

EB should just get a purple sweatshirt from Valdez and move to Aberdeen.

Posted by: Parlett316 | October 6, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Steinz, I think you should point out to your readers that Eric Bickel works for a competitor of Snyder's radio station. It's part of his job description to bash Dan Snyder. And he seems particularly perturbed because he was hoping to see more of himself on E:60 than the mere few seconds he was actually on air.

As for his nonsensical rant about Snyder, well I think he's outed himself as a moron.

Suing the fans? Jeez, are people still this clueless about that situation? Snyder didn't SUE any fans, the Redskins sued fans who irresponsibly signed 100K contracts for premium seats they couldn't really afford. Any business would do the same thing when a contract was breached, but when Snyder caught wind of it he let them off the hook (though he certainly didn't have to). Those people who signed those contracts were incredibly irresponsible, but the Post series didn't touch on that aspect of the issue at all.

As for his other absurd complaints about ticket prices and beer, as anyone who reads this blog regularly now knows, the prices at Fed Ex are on par with many NFL teams and the Skins haven't raised ticket prices in years.

That guy Bickel seems extraordinarily misinformed, biased, and overall just clueless about Snyder. If you want to criticize the man, talk about the free agent blitzes and the firing of Casserly, Norv, Marty etc...don't make up bs and spread lies that has been thoroughly debunked.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

For all these people still complaining about the lawsuits, let's enter into a contract where I agree to pay you a set amount of $$$$$ over a period of time.

At some point, I'll just stop paying you that $$$$$, offer no explanation as to why (and maybe even just hang up on you when you try to call to find out where your $$$$$ is), and should you have the temerity to take me into court for the rest of the contractually obilgated funds; I'll start complaining to the high heavens about you and get other people to attack you as well for daring to do such a dastardly thing.

Posted by: CapsNut | October 6, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Signs, people...THE SIGNS! He prohibited all signs and t-shirts for a couple of games last year just to prevent any anti-Snyder/Cerrato shirts or signs from showing up on national television. What owner does that??? We're less than a year removed from this, people. Larry Michael, anybody? Larry Michael? Never forget Frank Herzog and Signgate 2009, people! Sure Snyder wants to win, but he only wants to win doing it his way.

Posted by: dclance | October 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

That new PR guy is worth the money! Look how it has people slobbering over The Boy!

Walmart plays nice commercials showing how they provide for the public good. They don't. They are all about the money.

You can shine a p00py, but it's still a p00py. Dan can try his best to make over his image, but he is what he is: an average but very lucky business man who fell into a fortune, spent it on a cash cow, and is squeezing it and all of the clients/guests/fans for everything he can. THEN the championship.

Posted by: Leeguru | October 6, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

http://www.hogshaven.com/2010/8/4/1605084/hogs-haven-interview-with-redskins

Hogs Haven: One of the other main things we spend a lot of time listening to our readers kind of talk about-listen, there was no shortage of stories last year that were negative and depressing for Redskins fans-but the whole issue over the signs and the t-shirts and the impression from fans that the Front Office was dictating those decisions, you know what kind of signs you could have and what t-shirts you could wear.

Dan Snyder looked right at me and with a level of determination that had yet to really manifest itself, he smiled.

DAN: The Front Office has been changed.

Hogs Haven: Simply an awesome moment. Did he throw Karl Swanson under the bus? No. Did he blame Vinny Cerrato for the whole incident? No. But in his answer was a very, VERY clear message: There are new folks in charge and these kinds of things are simply not going to happen again. That is what I took from it and I feel comfortable I read that correctly.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Man I just wish Snyder was a great man, you know more like that saint Jack kent Cooke. You know...move the stadium out of DC, name the area around it after his 2 kids, get married 5 different times, impregnate bolivian drug runners 40 years younger than him then cut them out of his will. You know, good people like that.

Funny, for all the vile personal attacks spewed at Dan Snyder, he sure seems like a much better human being than Jack Kent Cooke ever was. But because JKC's teams won super bowls, he's a saint while Snyder is the devil.

Redskins fans really are crazy when it comes to Snyder.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o85N2piJPyM

Man, this certainly seems like a guy who doesn't care about winning and is only in it for the money...

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I have never made a comparison between the Boy and the Squire. I let Danny's work stand on its own merit.

Everyone has had challenges in their life. Not everyone has had a rich daddy to or a large bank account to make it easier to get through. SO trying to show some of the personal "challenges" Danny had to go through to reach his current position in life does not move me in the least. It is how he acts towards others. It is the actions he takes, not the words he says.

Posted by: Leeguru | October 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Barno, JKC divorced one of those wives because she wouldn't abort a child that he fathered.

But Dan Snyder has a "dark heart" because he charges $$$$$ for beer, parking, tickets, and won't let people make a spectacle of themselves at a privately owed and operated venue...

Posted by: CapsNut | October 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

leeguru, i think you have some serious jealousy/envy issues you may need to work through. It's pretty evident based on your marginalizing how Snyder became so rich (it's not "luck", he didn't "fall into a fortune" he was clearly very, very smart and worked his *** off, numbnuts).

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The reason I hate Dan Snyder isn't due to his personality (he's probably a decent guy), lawsuits against fans(which was way overblown by this very newspaper), ticket prices, beer prices, etc, but the simple fact that he has been a terrible owner.

Right off the bat, I really don't care how valuable he's made the franchise. I really don't. I don't see a cut of that money, so please don't trump that up as a reason to respect him. The other main pro-Snyder argument I hear is that he is willing to spend money and really wants to win. Is there an owner that doesn't want to win? True, some owners don't shell out money for FAs which can be annoying (Angelos), but is that really such a great silver lining. Alright! Our owner and GM aren't lazy/cheap, they're just incompetant! I'd rather he didn't dole out all of this cash, just so I wouldn't have to hear "off-season champs" all of the time from other fans.

I don't care if he's a nice guy, or has loved the Redskins forever. I just want them to be good and he has failed for 10 years running.

Posted by: Andymr | October 6, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Regarding contracts for premium and club seats..... First, if you didn't agree to a term contract, you couldn't buy these sections for 1 season at a time. Second, you were paying yearly for a product that hadn't actually been delivered yet, (the next football season). Third, attempts to shorten or abate the length of the contract were ignored. Fourth, no effort was made by the team to try to build up a demand for club and premium seats as far as a resale market went. Fifth , requests to the team to have the next inquirer about club and premium seats to contact you if you were trying to sell your seats was scoffed at with 'We have many unsold seats ourselves.' Sixth, when you could not afford the seats and tried to sell them on the resale market yourself, you were frustrated because the team was selling tickets either individually or in package deals to new buyers for 50% or more less than what current ticketholders were paying. Seventh, the team claimed it needed to hold people to their contracts because the team needed to use the projected revenues for players and improvements. (Right, like the $200 million lavished on #'s 92, 66 and 23). Eighth, if you died while the contract was still in effect, the team expected your estate to pay the balance of the contract. No death cancels the deal clause. I believe the Nationals, Wizards and Capitals worked with ticket holders who could no longer afford their seats and let them out of their contracts. As for the Redskins, no way. In fact I believe today the Redskins would offer you an additional free club seat with the idea that you could sell that seat to help offset your yearly 3% to 6% contract fee increase (but look at #6 above as to why that is off little help). I am just amazed at how Danny Boy and his new PR team are trying to paint him as a saint now and all of us as fools for mis-understanding him all these years. Sorry, folks, I'm not buying his kool-aid ever again (and up until this year I have been a Redskin fan since Nixon was in charge - Russ Nixon as coach in the 50's, not that other Nixon guy).

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 6, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

bbmcoachk, Rather than argue with you over your points, almost all of which cannot be proven one way or the other, how about this: if you can't comfortably afford tens of thousands of dollars in premium tickets over several years, then DON'T SIGN AN F'ING CONTRACT WHICH LEGALLY OBLIGATES YOU TO. Simple as that.

Don't whine to me about how the Redskins didn't work with you to help re-sell the tickets, or how they didn't shorten the length of the contract, or how they didn't help create a secondary market for you...JUST DON'T SIGN THE F'ING CONTRACT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

It's people like you who destroyed the real estate industry which largely led to the recession that we are currently in. Not only do I not have any pity for you, I hate people like you because you are irresponsible and you want to point fingers at others for your incredibly irresponsible behavior when you are the ones to blame.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Boy, how did I just know that barno would be all over this thread continuing to gargle Danny-boy Snyders man-sauce.

Hope Snyders man-goo isn't too salty for you Barno.

How much is he paying to to continuously post "positive" reviews of Danny-boy.

Tell us again how he gives turkeys, goose, and hams to poor families. How each year he goes down to the pound and rescues 1 cat and 1 dog and gives them to a hungry family.

Tell us again how Danny flew the whole team to a funeral.

Tell us again how all of Redskin-nation is wrong for not thinking Snyder is a good owner.

Tell us again how Snyder is your man-crush.

We just can't wait.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

it's not "luck", he didn't "fall into a fortune" he was clearly very, very smart and worked his *** off, numbnuts).

name calling Barno?

He inherited daddy's company and sold it to a french firm at the height of the tech boom. How is Johnny Rockets doing? Six Flags?

Posted by: Leeguru | October 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

People can argue endlessly about whether or not the lawsuits were bad, how Snyder made his fortune or if his glasses were dorky looking til the cows come home, but the undeniable fact is that Snyder has been a terrible owner. The franchise continues to find new and more tragic ways to lose every year.

Posted by: Andymr | October 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't bother Leeguru, Barno's gonna retort how Danny dropped out of college, built up his own fortune, flew the team to a funeral, brought back Gibbs, poops gold bricks, etc.

To Barno, Danny-Boy can do no wrong. If anything, Jenna Jameson wants to take dong-polishing classes from Barno since he does a fantastic job of doing said for his man-crush, Danny-Boy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh Andymr, soon Barnos gonna be on your case telling you how Danny-Boy is the best thing since sliced bread and how Danny-Boy's man-sauce tastes like candy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and he appeared in a commercial with JerryJones, in Jerry's own stadium. Can you say "Betrayal?"

Posted by: Leeguru | October 6, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder is a younger version of one of his mentors, Fred Drasner. Look at how Drasner came into U.S. News & World Report and eventually fired 95% of the staff and you'll see that Danny Boy did the same thing with the Redskins. There isn't one single person still with the Redskins that worked there before Danny Boy bought them. Drasner was a rotten human being and Danny Boy is cut from the same cloth. Don't get taken in by this recent public relations campaign. All he is interested in , in the long run, is making a buck.

Posted by: nrabill | October 6, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase from that cry-baby on youtube crying over Britney,

"Leave Danny alone!!!!!!!!"

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

To Barno, Danny-Boy can do no wrong.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

You see, this is why no one takes anything you say seriously McPoop. You know damn well that I have criticized plenty about Dan Snyder over the years, but you pretend otherwise because you have some weird (and endless) campaign against yours truly.

It's hilarious. You don't comment about anything else on this blog except anti-Barno posts. It's really pretty fascinating. Even when I have a little fun with my comments and just make a joke or two, you still come on here to take issue. It's so personal for you, your ridiculous beef with an anonymous commenter on an internet message board. Whether it's Terps, or Redskins, or Wizards, or news or politics or whatever, every single day you go through the blog looking for comments from me that you can attack. It might be the weirdest thing I've ever seen anyone do. I can't even imagine how miserable your life must be.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Not long before Public Relations people are all labeled scum like lawyers and those who work in advertising (and politics?). The actions of the rotten ones, whatever percent of the whole they may be, make it too easy to dismiss the whole lot of them as untrustworthy greedy liars.

Posted by: trousers | October 6, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

As a frequenter of this and other Redskins articles, I don't think I've seen any of these Snyder criticisms, Barno1. I can't say whether or not you "gargle his man-sauce", but you're definately his undying supporter.

Posted by: Andymr | October 6, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I can't say whether or not you "gargle his man-sauce", but you're definately his undying supporter.

Posted by: Andymr | October 6, 2010 6:11 PM
------

Oh snap!!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

From his firing Charley Casserly, to his firing Norv Turner while the team was 7-6 and alive in the playoff hunt, from his spending sprees during the offseason in 2000, 2003, and 2006 to his hiring of Steve Spurrier, to his not naming a GM for so many years. I think those are all legitimate criticisms that are in no way excusable and really hurt the team.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 27, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Andymr, let's see, that's a repost from a week ago. Want me to find more?

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder is what ails the Washington Redskins. That's all 'ya gotta know.

This PR rehab nonsense has been going on all year and is definitely throw up material.

If Snyder was half the man he wants us to think he is, he would disappear for about five years.

Please go away Dan Snyder.

Posted by: Pepper5 | October 6, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe this team has been run "flawlessly." I'm no fool, I think there have been plenty of legitimate reasons to criticize Snyder/Cerrato/Zorn over the years (whether it be the 2000 offseason or the 2006 offseason...or the tj duckett trade when we already had Betts...to the Jason Taylor trade when it seemed so reactionary--which I said at the time...to as recently as benching Reinhart this week). BUT...I just feel that the nonstop, over the top, hate that is spewed at these men after every loss (and sometimes after a win) is just so totally absurd some balance is needed in the discussion.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 14, 2009 11:09 AM |

Here's one from a year ago. Keep in mind: Poopy is a lying scumbag, you shouldn't believe a word the guy says.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe this team has been run "flawlessly." I'm no fool, I think there have been plenty of legitimate reasons to criticize Snyder/Cerrato/Zorn over the years (whether it be the 2000 offseason or the 2006 offseason...or the tj duckett trade when we already had Betts...to the Jason Taylor trade when it seemed so reactionary--which I said at the time...to as recently as benching Reinhart this week). BUT...I just feel that the nonstop, over the top, hate that is spewed at these men after every loss (and sometimes after a win) is just so totally absurd some balance is needed in the discussion.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 14, 2009 11:09 AM

More Barno criticisms of Snyder...this from a year ago.

Remember: McPoop is a lying scumbag and has never made a relevant point on these blogs despite desperately trying for the last 3 or 4 years.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So in Barno's 2nd post the only additional "criticisms" are trading for Duckett and Taylor.

Run for the hills ma-barker.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but you only ever make those remarks after making about 10 previous posts about how great Snyder is and then only under unrelenting criticism do you begrudingly jot down some platitudes that you probably got from somewhere else. Then you'll throw down a doozy like this one "...I don't equate good ownership of a sports team with wins and losses, unlike just about every single fan and reporter in this town."

I don't know what sports planet you're from, but its not from this one.

Posted by: Andymr | October 6, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh Andy, you're just asking Barno to bring his "wrath" down on you. He'll call you all kinds of childish names and insults, question your loyalty as a fan, call you some more names and insults, and than declare he is right, that Danny-Boy is a god amongst men and that his man-sauce tastes like cotton candy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Andymr, not true that I only ever criticize Snyder because of other people's "unrelenting" pressure. If you read my comments on these blogs so often then you should know by now I don't form or change my opinions based on what other people think, and I certainly don't steal other people's material--nor would I need to--as you amusingly claim I did. We can agree to disagree about what constitutes a good owner (and keep in mind I never said Snyder was one), but to claim all these ulterior motives and question my sincerity is a sad commentary on how poorly and inaccurately you judge other people. But that's not really surprising to me, given your other comments thus far.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Poopy is the worst. All that guy ever does is throw juvenile insults at barno. What are you, 12? He doesn't ever comment on the issue at hand which in this instance is Dan Snyder's E:60 interview.

I thought the piece was pretty interesting. Obviously Snyder is trying, that's never really been the point. It's that he's miserable at it or at least has been for the last 11 years. He's always thinking we are this close to winning a championship when he should be focused on building for the long hall (through the draft).

With that said I do like the steps he has taken in the last year and think we are finally on the verge of becoming a respectable franchise again. One can only pray.

Posted by: this_guy | October 6, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Poopy is the worst. All that guy ever does is throw juvenile insults at barno. What are you, 12?

Posted by: this_guy | October 6, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Amen. I think most people who read his comments know the guy has issues.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 6, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah ur right barno, you never, ever, ever throw around juvenile insults at other people.

Nope, never........

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Bickel & the Sports Junkies are the reason I don't listen to the Fan. I know Snyder isn't the best owner, and the Washington Post, 106.7 and other local media outlets have made that clear with constant bashing of the man and the organization. It is old news that Snyder is not the best owner. So it is fine to hear the other side of the man. My family has had season tickets since 1971. We bought the tickets, the parking pass, the beer, the food, etc. because we have a choice.

Snyder has made many improvements to the stadium since he bought it.(remember he didn't build it) It will never be RFK. I love the Redskin history and miss the championship years, but I am really tired of the anti-Redskin noise the media throws out on a daily basis.

I am not a big Balitmore fan but the Orioles have not had a winning season since the mid/late 90's their owner is a bigger jerk than Snyder but the Baltimore media still gives the O's a much fairer shake than what the 'Skins get here.

We have a new front office @ Redskin Park with capable & experienced people. Let's give it a chance and not harp back on past mistakes lets concentrate on a hopeful future.

Posted by: dph60 | October 7, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Dan Snyder is a younger version of one of his mentors, Fred Drasner. Look at how Drasner came into U.S. News & World Report and eventually fired 95% of the staff and you'll see that Danny Boy did the same thing with the Redskins. There isn't one single person still with the Redskins that worked there before Danny Boy bought them. "

Why yes, how dare somebody purchase a company and install their own people to run it. Only the lowest of the low would dare to do something like that.

BTW, nrabill how many of Polin's people are still around the Caps and the Bullets? We were going to crucify Leonsis for this as well?

Posted by: CapsNut | October 8, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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