Our Other Guest Columnist
Only got two submissions this week, and this is the second. I thought this might stoke the fires a little bit, get everyone to put their game faces on a little earlier than usual. Maybe get a good back and forth going with the Cowboys fans.
So here is Harvey Martin overture:
Howdy from Big D to Ye Olde Wafhington bloggerati! Been impressed with Jason's reporting and the Post's football blog community, unlike the Dallas Morning News equivalent. While fairly informative, the DMN version limits user comments to roughly 30 words, pre-screened before posting. That limits things to the most mundane ("How'd Romo look in practice today?") and disallows interaction among the posters. It also prevents the passion displayed by the fans around here, dedicated to the organization so much so that some have (wisely) called for the removal of Gibbs, as well as the well-earned summary execution of Mark "Noodle Arm" Brunell. Who'da thunk two years ago?
[Insert obligatory Fudge-Ums reference here]
But especially in bad seasons, passion is what it's all about, right? If the Redskins were riding high right now and the Cowboys in the tank, the season-saving concept would be to beat the Redskins. 1989, the Cowboys 1-15? I can't think of a better single win to have had then beating the Redskins. At RFK. With [i]Steve Walsh[/i]. FOCUS, people, don't lose the hate. Don't forget that in the 90's, the Redksins beat the Cowboys at least once during all three seasons that we won the Super Bowl -- and both games in 1995. But that was just lucky, as was demonstrated by the decade-long drought that followed.
Kidding! I kid.
Nah, never mind. I'm not kidding, y'all had it coming, and beating you 20-something times in a row was allsome.
Regardless of how the Redskin season has gone this far, if you can't get up for the Cowboys, I call you each "wimp", "whiner", and "bandwagon fan" to your collective computer monitors. Selling your tickets on eBay and StubHub?!? Sure, sell the Buccaneers tickets, or Rams, I can see that. But this is Cowboys/Redskins; if you're going to one overpriced game this year, this is it. Have y'all forgotten that our two franchises have hated each other since before the Cowboys officially came into existence? Fortunately, it was a situation that $2,500 and a ransom demand on the rights to "Hail to the Redskins" rights could fix, but the enmity is still there, nearly 50 years later.
[Insert terribly germane haiku here]
Anyway, I could go on and on about the rivalry's history - perhaps JLC could offer some WP schwag to the most entertaining, loosely based in fact explanation of my user name - about how much I hate the Redskins, etc. But an average person with no knowledge of how football works - say, the entire population of Philadelphia - might say we're more alike than different. Old, Hall of Fame coaches trying to rebuild the franchise from the ground up. Starting the season with aging QBs that possess the mobility of a lichen. Owners with a nasty penchant for big-splash, high dollar free agent signings.
But the Cowboys have the leg up in youth and skill at a number of positions. Tired of seeing Bledsoe land with a dull thud after any DT sneezes, we've gone with Romo. Even Jerrah seems to have learned lessons about structuring contracts; Ownes' deal is such that it's not salary cap prohibitive to cut him at various points. Judging from this off-season's free agent batch, Snyder has yet to learn that lesson. I view this as great news, conducive to many Cowboy victories for the foreseeable future.
Anyway, I was a Cowboy fan long before Jerrah Jones and will be long after he's gone. The sooner the better. I suspect y'all have been and will be fans long after Danny Snyder's investors engineer his ouster to obtain better return on investment and higher corporate bond yield. Kudos to those of you who hang in there!
In summary, Redskins fans better show up to this game in force. They better scream. They better curse us. They better hate us. Because horse-whipping you in your own house won't be as entertaining otherwise.
Besides, the rivalry deserves it.
---- Harvey Martin's Funeral Wreath
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