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  1. hailer21

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    These ratings #s are hard to make sense of without some context - I wish the local media folks would put some effort into explaining just how "major" and "shocking" a problem they represent. Finlay elaborated a bit and mentioned the overall 11.7 rating the Skins garnered but again, without some averages or other benchmarks to compare these ratings #s with it's hard to realize how poor they really were. FWIW, here's a snippet from Steinberg's Dec. 2017 column where he starts ringing the alarm bells about cratering local ratings... The local television ratings for Washington’s blowout loss to the Chargers on Sunday afternoon were shockingly low, certainly among the lowest for any game in the Daniel Snyder era. Washington’s 30-13 defeat earned an 11.8 household rating in the D.C. market. Within that column, he reported a weekly average of 26.6 in 2013, and 22.7 in 2014, which were both, as he noted, VERY poopy seasons. For some more context, CNBC reported the Nats garnered a 23.3 average rating during the World freakin' Series in the D.C market. Different sport but the comp goes to show how large a viewing audience the Skins have traditionally had locally. This link below provides sampled NFL ratings data in select markets by week during the 2019 season. The highest local rating I could find for a Skins game was for the season opener: 19.0. Based on the additional data in there and from other sources, I'd guesstimate the average is somewhere in the 15-17 range. https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/nfl-tv-ratings-viewership-nbc-cbs-fox-espn-nfln-regular-season-playoffs/ So all said, I'd say yeah the dropoff for the Skins is pretty bad. Again, would love some deeper dives from the folks whose job it is to report on this stuff but to be fair I'm parsing a tweet. At any rate, the decline in viewership is certainly no surprise to anyone who follows the team. And that's what boggles my freaking mind - what the hell are Dan and Bruce looking at?!?!?!?!?! What more does Dan need to see that this organization is ruined and does, in fact, require a wholesale evaluation of how it operates? How the **** can the 2nd in command not be held accountable for what's going on here? What are Dan and/or Bruce looking at to gauge their success or failures? I guess they think the fanbase is "close" - just as they believed the football team was "close". All we needed was another season where we barely snatched a playoff spot from the jaws of mediocrity and the fans would be hootin' and hollerin' like it was 1991. And if they really believe that, then they're just incapable of seeing the forest through the trees. The one and only way to mitigate this whirlwind of **** is to make sure this thread reaches its logical conclusion in the offseason. If Bruce is around the org in ANY capacity next year, the Mystics will get better local ratings than the Skins.
  2. The selfie thing was so RG3-esque, harmless but the sort of thing that will rub many the wrong way. The most troubling he is just flat inaccurate. That's going to be so hard to overcome. The dude has A LOT of work to do
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    !!!!0mgz!!!! Trent Williams finally showed up

    @Califan007 do you think Trent is purely in pursuit of more money? This is all a grand manipulation of the media? I don't and think Bruce simply failed at his job by not foreseeing where this would end up. He is going to have a far more difficult time getting value this offseason than he would have before this drama got out into the open. This latest episode seems fairly straightforward - Trent got sick of his employer for a multitude of reasons, tried leveraging his way out, unstoppable force (trent's desire to go) meets immovable object (Bruce's ego), and viola!
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Switch the decades and the sentiment is exactly the same, if not a little worse. Yeah, Snyder has tamed a bit from 2000s but the dysfunction has sustained into the 2010s. 20 years of embarrassing PR, poor results, weird roster decisions, zero accountability...you know the rest. There is a pattern of poo since he's owned the team and folks like myself have concluded there is no reason to root for his team because it represents something entirely different than what was rooted for prior to his ownership. The nail in the coffin is I see ZERO signs that he has the competence to break his own pattern of dysfunction. If you wipe your memory of all prior snafus and go into each season thinking "this could be our year", I can see how you'd be confused as to why seemingly so many fans were down/checked out of a team that started out 6-3 last year. I just dont think that way though - maybe you do? Now, last year's start was a little fraudulent because the plodding offense wasn't competitive against teams that could score so that team probably would've led nowhere had it made the playoffs with a healthy Alex Smith BUT I wasn't worried about that, not one bit! I was confident the 20 year Snyder pattern would play itself out. Coming into that season, the team was fresh off the Kirk fiasco. The team got nothing for a decent QB while paying top dollar for his services. Year before that was kicked off by the SMC fiasco. Before that you had the RG3 fiasco, and the stupid pattern goes on and on. I've checked out of rooting for wins because I'm convinced no one wins with Snyder at the helm and the only way I see the pattern breaking is he sells the team. I'm not holding my breath waiting for that to happen soooooo I've decided to just check out in the meantime.
  5. All the madness is simply more visible beacuse of the web. Online discourse between us all sucks because it's relatively new and society is fine tuning its etiquette, norms, etc. Toxic elements will get worked/filtered out. More will come to realize the amplified voices of the fringes are just amplified, not multiplying. A real civil war in our country would require massive, unified factions - with a shared threat - willing to fight against that threat with no viable resolution besides bloodshed. I just cant fathom that happening in our society. Maybe I'm naive?
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    Not Watching This Weekend...

    Watching the skins is a colossal waste of time and energy. At this stage, identifying as a fan of snyder's team is border line embarrassing. SVP said it perfectly: "it's a treadmill to nowhere."
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    The season in gifs

    Week 3 - Skins 31 - Pack 17
  8. Firing Brian Lafemina and anyone else with a fresh perspective on how to rebuild an eroding fanbase.
  9. I don't think the Skins unis should be adopting a real GOLD color at all. The uniforms Jurgy proposed look just like Florida State's to me. The burgundy and "gold" color scheme we have now is uniquely ours and I like it that way. There is no need for major overhaul. If we mess with either of the two colors we've got now the Skins will just end up looking like the 49er's or FSU.
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    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    May have been mentioned before in this big ole thread, but hey, its a good spot to watch the game for remote Skins fans like myself. http://atdhe.eu/
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    just a test post gone wrong