kleese Posted October 13, 2009 Share Posted October 13, 2009 It's a sad state around the Washington Redskins. A sad state indeed. It's sad from the top on down. It has trickled to the fans as well. Fan "revolts" don't work. Empty seats at the stadium don't even necessarily work. It is an exercise in futlity...if it makes you feel better, then go for it, but it's all sound and fury, signifying nothing-- much like our off-seasons. --Like many of you, I've been a die-hard fan since birth. Live and die each week with the results of our games, etc... My friends and family associate me directly with the Redskins. It's the same story for most of you. --And like many of you, I've been beatdown, frustrated, angry, and even resentful for many, many years now. --And like many of you, I've wondered if I'm somehow contributed to the demise and/or if there is something I can do about it. My conclusion? I can't do a dang thing to change our fortunes and neither can you. It's not like Dan Snyder thinks the fans love what he's doing and will only get the message we're upset if we walk out, boo, don't show, etc.. He knows it already. It would be one thing if the fans thought that Snyder was cheap and unwilling to spend money in order to improve the team. If THAT was the case, then maybe I could see how some reactionary stuff might have an effect. But clearly, that is not the case. The fans all want different things... Some want a new GM Some want a new coach Some want a new QB Some want cheaper parking Some want a better video board Some want better draft picks People act like if we scream loud enough, Snyder will get the message and "fix" the problems. Well, it ain't that easy. Spending money clearly isn't the answer. And finding one man and giving him full control apparantly isn't the answer either....he did that with Gibbs and we're right back where we were before. If "fxing" a culture of losing in pro sports was as simple as firing one guy and hiring a new guy, then no team would ever be bad. Also, history is NOT on your side revolters....... The Pittsburgh Pirates have had 17 straight losing seasons-- a pro sports record. Their fans have boycotted, picketed, screamed, and eventually, just stopped going. They still stink-- nothing has changed. The Arizona Cardinals were a joke for 50 years-- their fans moaned about the Bidwell family for all of those years-- nothing changed- they just eventually made a few right moves and finally won something. Am I saying you have to sit there and take whatever the Redskins give you? Well, sort of. If you're like me-- you are hopeless-- a friend of mine describes it like being in an abusive relationship you know you can't get out of. But the bottom line is that at the end of the day, I STILL love Sundays. I still love my routines, love the cameradrie of friends and family, love the food, love wearing my Skins stuff, and hoping against hope each week that they'll win and get going in the right direction. It's still easier to sleep at night when they win and Mondays are tougher when they lose-- regardless of the fact that my expectation level has dwindled to nothing. If it really isn't fun for you at all anymore, then by all means, you should stop buying tickets, watching them on TV, buying merchandise, etc... if you get no enjoyment from it, then you should stop. I guess, for me, even though it's like a kick in the crotch, I still enjoy it more than not following or watching. I'd still rather watch the Skins-Chiefs this Sunday than go to the park or the movies. I think what many fans need to "get over" is this notion that somehow you are "supporting" or "enabling" Snyder by your support of the team. Here's how I look at it: I am a fan of the Washington Redskins. The fandom of the organization as a whole goes well beyond any player, coach, or owner. The Redskins as an institution are something I love much more than I hate Snyder. Dan Snyder is a bazillionaire. As much as it may pain you to hear it, there's nothing we fans are going to do to change that. The Redskins are the second most profitable team in pro sports-- even if you cut the gate sales and merch sales in half, it wouldn't really dent Snyder's overall worth. Snyder is clearly embarrassed and angry. He's obviously also stubborn as heck on what he needs to do to change things. Maybe he'll never give in--- but don't sit there and think that he's clueless as to what's going on and his perception with the fans. He KNOWS you hate him. He KNOWS the media finds the Redskins to be a laughingstock. I guess to me, the "fiinal blow" for me as a fan from Snyder would be if I allowed him to take away the Redskins from myself.....I'm not gonna let that happen. Having said all this, I'd like to state that I personally have no issue with the revolts, paper bags, booing, etc... it's a free country and you can do what you want. If it helps you to cope, then go for it. But please stop telling me about what the fans "need to do" in order to demand change. This is your reality Redskins fans. You have no control over it. Either accept it and hope for the best or quit it forever. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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