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  1. sparkosaurus

    Enough is enough. A fond farewell.

    Enough is enough. After over 40 years of fandom, I’m leaving the team that I have loved. The disfunction and disease that Daniel Snyder has inflicted upon this team has no cure. Until Dan sells the team, there will be no pride, no culture of winning, and no joy for the Redkins organization or their fans. It’s time to let go. I started rooting for the Redskins back in 1976, as a 6 year old kid. I’ve lived through the good and bad days of this team many times over. I’ve invested a lot of time, money, and love into this team and I just can’t do it anymore. At one time in my life, I lived in San Francisco and had Dream Seat season tickets. I flew out for every home game and always went to Dallas for the Dallas game. Went to Seattle for the playoff game up there and Philip Daniels gave me one of his gloves while walking off the field following the loss. I have so many memories of this team and it’s taken a lot to get me to this point. The Redskins have killed football for me. It’s no fun to watch, it’s not fun to follow. It’s just pain and frustration week in and week out. I’ll be 50 years old in a couple of years and I need to start focusing on the things that make me happy. I thought I was done last season. Hot off the heels of having to defend the name and the RGII situation, the Scot debacle coupled with the slow moving train wreck that was the Kirk Cousins soap opera had largely done me in. I was a big fan of Kirk’s (still am) and had thought that I was going to change my fandom from following a team to following a player. I had thought I was going to follow Kirk wherever he went. I was fine with San Francisco, I was fine with Minnesota. I left the door open because if he went to Cleveland….let’s just say I wasn’t about to jump from the frying pan into the fire. My lovely wife, however, told me that I couldn’t leave the Skins. I’d been a fan for so long and last year wasn’t *that* bad and with the Kirk situation getting settled that I had to give them the chance to right the ship. Then we drafted Guice and I decided I’d stick it out. The Skins drafted well and picked up Alex…I was optimistic that this could turn around. I was loving it this year and happy I had stayed. I wasn’t even bothered that much when Alex broke his leg. He had been struggling all season and I thought Colt might give us the change of pace we needed to succeed. Then they signed Foster. That was a tough one to swallow. Then they refuse to bring in Kaepernick for so much as a workout and instead go after the butt fumbler and Josh Johnson. They gave a bull**** excuse on why they didn’t so much as talk to Kaep and that’s when I knew the drama-Skins were coming back in full force. Then the Mason incident. Then the handling of DJ. You all know the story. It’s a complete dumpster fire and between Alex’s cap hit and our lack at about every position on the field, you’d be lucky if the Redskins announced a rebuild but that’s not going to happen. After this season they’ll say “but injuries” and go into the off season thinking they’re a player or two from a deep post season run. I can’t go through that again. It’s with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to the Extreme Skins community. I know I didn’t post much but I did hang with a group of Chicago-based fans here for a few years who were on the board. I’ve loved reading all the posts and feel like I know a lot of you just based on reading your words. I hope everyone here and all of Redskins Nation can one day feel good about the team…maybe go to the big dance again. You all deserve it after what you’ve lived through. As for me, I’m not going to follow Kirk and root for Minnesota…a lot of the reason is that I couldn’t find a decent online community that was even close to what Extreme Skins is to Redskins fans. I strongly considered following Sean McVay to LA since my brother lives out there and I’ve lived in LA a few times in my life. In the end, however, I’ve decided to stick with the home team and I’ll be a Bears fan from here on out. Since moving to Chicago 8 years ago, I was drawn in to being both a Cubs and a Blackhawks fan. I was never a fan of either sport, really, until I got here. This city has some mad love for their sports teams and it’s hard to resist. Rooting for the Bears with the rest of the city will restore my love for the game and I’m very excited for that to happen. Much love to you all. Have a fantastic 2019 and Hail to the Redskins. See you all at Soldier Field sometime! sparkosaurus
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    Next Day Thread: Redskins vs. Bucs

    THIS.... Tress is killing it.
  3. sparkosaurus

    A question for you guys?

    I live in Chicago....while I can't speak for fans of the Vikings or the Lions (who I'm sure have plenty of distaste for them) Bears fans hate the Packers like we hate's no joke...
  4. sparkosaurus

    Calling on my ES Family to help

    Done and done.
  5. sparkosaurus

    Redskins Fans: Let’s Stop Being Pansies

    Interesting post about fandom. I'll tell you a little story about my offseason this year.... I get really keyed up for Skins games. There was a period in time where I had a lot more money than I have today and had dream seats season tickets. I'd fly into DC from San Francisco for every game and I'd also do the Dallas game in Dallas. When you add up the hotels, airfare, rental cars, etc. I was probably spending about $30k a year on football. It was a dream come true and I was hyper-passionate about the team. A lot of things have changed since those days. I live a rather modest life in Chicago these days and don't go to any games unless they're playing the Bears here and it's not absolutely freezing outside. So, basically, never. Anyway, the frustration I had around the team the last 5-6 years really came to a head last year. After the terrible way they handled Scot's exit, the way they screwed up the Kirk negotiations, etc. etc. I had really had enough. Losing on Sunday would make me ornery on wasn't good. I also couldn't stand coming on here anymore. The negativity was something awful. My wife was getting fed up with the whole thing as well. It was at the end of last year that I had made the decision that I was going to follow Kirk. I was (and still am) a big fan of Kirk Cousins and if he went to SF I was going to be a Niners fan. When he signed with Minnesota, I figured I'd have to look good in purple. There was still a considerable amount of time between Kirk signing and the season starting so I had plenty of time to divest myself of all things Redskin and embrace all things Skol. And it wasn't going to be easy. I'm going to be 48 in a couple of weeks and I've been a Skins fan my entire life. That's not something you can just toss away like an old t-shirt. It took a lot of soulsearching to even consider leaving the Skins. Then things started to change.... Between Cousins' signing and the draft, I started looking for the "Extreme Skins" of the Vikings. Let me tell you....the other communities out there really blow. There were a lot of different Vikings boards and none of them came even close. I wasn't able to get comfortable around choosing one because I wanted it to be *the* board to be on....that was a problem for me. Then came the draft....the Skins had a great draft, in my opinion, and I was really jazzed around Guice. At this point, I'm not sure what I'm going to I staying with my perennial losers in the Skins or am I going to the favored-to-win-the-superbowl Vikings?? Much to my surprise it was my wife, of all people, who told me that I had to stay with the Skins. That it would be crazy to leave after all of this time. The funny thing is that she was a proponent of the switch early on but as it turns out, she wanted to see if I had the stones to actually do it. When it looked like I'd actually do it, she told me I was nuts. Now, I enjoy the games again. Even when we lose games we should win. Look like a high school football team on national television. All of it. Having gone through the steps to finally put the Skins out of my life, it allowed me to understand and appreciate what it should be in my life....and I'm a much happier fan for it. If anyone wants to question my (or anyone else's) dedication to a team, they can shove it. My relationship with the Skins is my personal business and mine alone. People who try to call others out for not being "true" fans need to stop trying to judge others, lest ye be judged. Now let's go punch the Cowboys in the friggin mouth. HTTR!!!
  6. sparkosaurus

    Rich Tandler has died

    Absolutely gutted by the news. Living in Chicago, I'd wake up at 6am and one of the first things I'd do in the morning was read Rich's morning post. Rest In Peace, Rich. You'll be very missed by Redskins Nation and never forgotten. Condolences to your family as well. Feel free to help the ball bounce in our direction while you're up there, at least against Dallas HTTR!
  7. sparkosaurus

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I was totally thinking about writing this as well! I don't like to correct folks but I remember when someone told this to me and I was super thankful. Another alternative is "irrespective."
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    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    If you have good internet connectivity, you can get Sunday Ticket without using DirecTV....just point your browser to: You can watch games on your computer, your tablet, or your TV with the proper hardware's all of the supported hardware: COMPATIBLE DEVICES AND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: The following devices have been certified (device / OS can support all NFL Sunday Ticket features) for the NFL SUNDAY TICKET app. However, you may be able to download and use the app on a device that is not included in this list. Additional devices may be added before the start of the 2018 NFL regular season. CONNECTED DEVICES XBOX One Apple TV (tvOS 4th generation +, OS 10.x and above) Google Chromecast PlayStation®4 Roku 2+ Roku Streaming Stick Amazon Fire TV Amazon Fire TV Stick Samsung Smart TV (Tizen OS 2016+ ) Android TV Apple Watch [no live games SMARTPHONES OPERATING SYSTEMS (OS): Apple iOS 10.x and above Android OS 4.4 and above APPLE: iPhone 5S and above iPod Touch 6th Generation ANDROID: Google Nexus 5X and above Google Pixel and above HTC One(M8) + HTC10 and above LG G5 and above LG V10 and above Samsung Galaxy S6 and above Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and above Sony Experia X Performance,XA,XZ and above OnePlus 5 and above TABLETS OPERATING SYSTEMS (OS): Apple iOS 10.x and above Android OS 4.4 and above Windows 10 and above Kindle OS 4.2 and above APPLE TABLETS: iPad Air 1st Generation and above iPad Mini 4th Generation and above iPad 4th Generation and above iPad Pro ANDROID TABLETS: Google Nexus 7 and above Samsung Galaxy Note Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and above WINDOWS TABLETS: Surface 3 Surface Pro 2 and above KINDLE Kindle Fire HD 4 th Generation and above Kindle Fire HDX 4th Generation and above PC/MAC WINDOWS: Windows7 (Firefox and Chrome only),Windows 10 MAC: OSX10.10.xand above FIREFOX: Latest version (both O/S) CHROME: 59+ IE: Windows 10: Edge / IE11 SAFARI: 10+
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    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    I get Sunday Ticket through my XBox and although I live in Chicago, I can assure you that if a game is on local TV or national TV, it will be blacked out on Sunday Ticket. One workaround you can use is a VPN. You can get a VPN service pretty cheap ($5-10 a month or so?) which allows you to log into a web service (in this case, Sunday Ticket) from another part of the world using a proxy. I use Hide My Ass. It's a little more expensive, but it allows me to pick a specific city to log in from. I choose a large metro area that would fall outside the blackout New York. Sunday Ticket thinks I'm in NY and therefore DC games are not blacked out. National games are always blacked out although you might be able to get them from Canada or Europe through a VPN. TunnelBear is a cheaper VPN solution, but I don't know how many US proxies it might have to use a Canada proxy to hit it. Generally speaking, the farther away the proxy is from you, the lower the quality of the stream will be. Ultimately your mileage may vary. spark
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    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    I don't think "Game Rewind" is a thing's all Game Pass now (outside of Sunday Ticket, which is live). From their website: When will regular season and Postseason games be made available on NFL Game Pass? Broadcast versions of Sunday morning and afternoon games (9:30am ET, 1pm ET & 4pm ET) are available by 8pm ET on Sunday. Broadcast versions of Sunday Night, Monday Night, Thursday Night and Saturday NFL games are available soon after the conclusion of the applicable game telecast. If you are accessing NFL Game Pass through a free trial, Thursday night games will not be available until 72 hours after the telecast.
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    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    If you missed the game last can find the condensed version (just snap to snap) here: Note that you can adjust the resolution as high as 720p in the bottom right corner. Enjoy.
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  13. sparkosaurus

    Fun With Eli's Drunk Pic

    I realize I'm a bit late to the party....but I work in photoshop for a living and couldn't resist....hope you enjoy... this needs no caption.