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Redskins owner gets best protection

TOM SORENSEN

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/sports/6499794.htm

A few minutes before the Carolina-Washington game, a regiment of Secret Service-looking guys, guys who appeared to buy their dark suits at Secret Service R Us, walked through the press box at Ericsson Stadium. It wasn't George Bush they were protecting; the man in the middle was shorter, too short even to see.

But there was somebody in the middle, and he was walking briskly and his regiment walked briskly with him. If he went 15 degrees left, they went 15 degrees left. If he sped up, they sped up, as if their jobs depended on it.

Who was this potentate, this king, this leader of men or this head of state? It was Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins.

And you're going to tell me Carolina's 20-0 victory did not feel especially good?

Yes, this was only a practice game, and the objective of a practice game, especially the first one, is to have your starters beat the other team's starters and stay healthy doing it.

This is true if you're playing the New York Giants, Green Bay or Pittsburgh, Carolina's other practice game opponents.

But the Redskins are an exception. They're different. Let's count the ways.

First, Snyder does not attract a crowd unless he pays it. How to get noticed? Hire official-looking guys to hang out with you. What did he think was going to happen? Reporters were going to ask him for his autograph? What would they ask? Hey, aren't you a friend of Stephen Davis -- oops.

Second, the Redskins were North Carolina's team of choice before the Panthers arrived, and in some homes still are. The newcomers, and gentleman owner Jerry Richardson, had played Washington, owned for the past four seasons by the ungentlemanly Snyder, six times in the regular season and once in the preseason and had yet to win.

Third, little more than a year ago all of Pantherdom was clamoring for Steve Spurrier, who after proving he was the best coach in college football declared he was ready for the pros. You don't think Spurrier was the best coach in college football? He won at Duke.

Before the Panthers could make Spurrier an offer, he went to work for Snyder, and the Panthers hired John Fox. Spurrier's visor was better known than Fox.

Spurrier did an exceptional job in his first preseason, regularly running up the score. Then the season started. He finished 7-9, same as Fox.

Now Spurrier has what he had last season, a team with many new players, little defense and no continuity. Stephen Davis, the running back Spurrier let go and Fox picked up, ran for 74 first-quarter yards Saturday. The defense pounded every Washington attempt at offense. Carolina's quarterbacks were impressive.

But its most impressive component was the one that usually is noticed least, and that's the offensive line. The line protected the backs the way Snyder's entourage protected Snyder.

Yet, there was a subtle difference. There were actual folks to protect the backs against.

Tom Sorensen

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Well that pretty much explains WHY Carolina was SO pumped up for this game. No excuses, but as I said in another thread, the Skins looked like they were still in training camp and the Panthers looked like they would be run out of town if they lost!

:pint:

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Originally posted by Skeletor The Invincible

The Carolinas had been major Redskins country forever, and we'd never lost to the Panthers before this preseason game.

They just had a major case of Penis Envy.

Its preseason - so we've still never lost a real game to them. Second, penis envy all the way...

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Originally posted by bubba9497

First, Snyder does not attract a crowd unless he pays it. How to get noticed? Hire official-looking guys to hang out with you. What did he think was going to happen? Reporters were going to ask him for his autograph? What would they ask? Hey, aren't you a friend of Stephen Davis -- oops.

It's difficult to argue that someone is undeserving of attention in a newspaper column, don't you think? :shoothead
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What a piece of cr*p article.

1) Granted DS has had growing pains in his ownership, with a lot to learn. But as far as I can recall he was never an a**hole. He just was willing to pay a high price to win and made some mistakes.

2) H*ll the Richardsons paid more than the gnp of many countries to sign sean gil(fatsh*t)bert.

3) How does the writer know the people with DS were security? They could have been friends or clients or employees from DS Communications. Maybe they were bankers working on the sale of the minority interest of the Skins to 3 new investors - Charlotte is a major banking center (Bank of America and First Union/Wachovia). If I was a banker financing $200 million I sure as f*ck would wear a suit and follow DS with the fullest deference.

4) To really imply that the Skins and panthers are "rivals" in any sense of the word is ridiculous. The Skins and cowgirls are rivals; the iggles and gints are rivals.

Finally:

5) We're the Capital of the most powerful nation in history -- Charlotte is the "Queen City"

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So he complains about us running up the score last year and then goes onto tell us how good last night's victory felt?

Nobody's going to remember this game after we crush them when it really counts.

This article is definitely a keeper. Dig it up after week six and email it back to the guy. :)

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Sounds to me like TOM SORENSEN wishes he had the means and money to have a security team like Mr. Snyder. Last year I was one of those (Secret Service R Us) employees. Our job is to keep A-holes just like TOM SORENSEN away from Mr. Snyder.

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