kleese Posted January 2 Share Posted January 2 For those that have bantered with me over the years, you know my personal position: Dan Snyder and this 23 year run of misery did not "ruin" my fandom. I've remained as "all in" as I was in 1991. I have still enjoyed being a fan of the team over the past 23 years-- now, please note, I haven't always enjoyed the seasons, the players, the teams, etc. but I do still enjoy my fandom-- the rhythm of football season, the caring about wins and losses-- and I've embraced the rare (and fleeting) wins or moments. Even this year was very much "worth" investing for me-- watched the Eagles game at my parents house with my two oldest kids (my son is 11 now and really got into it this year). That was a fun night. The next week we drove to Houston and watched us beat the Texans-- fun trip/fun memories. Thanksgiving week was made better by our good play and being involved in the race-- we then had the thrilling end to the Falcons game. If nothing else, that was a very fun several week run culminating around the Thanksgiving holiday. Spent some good times with the kids enjoying those games and discussing playoff possibilities, etc. Obviously, the ensuing five weeks have been a slow ride to depression. A familiar feeling indeed. I had a bad feeling all week about Cleveland game and it came to fruition yesterday, And yes, it still hurt me. Quite a bit. Was looking forward to week 18 meaning something and was really hopeful to be involved in WC weekend-being involved is great. I am very bummed about the abrupt end to what looked fairly promising just one month ago. The SNF loss to Giants will likely be the one that always lingers from this year. I think for some, they view me being so invested over the years as equaling being some sort of apologist for Snyder. This is not the case. I've done my best to explain this; that I am able to separate my personal fandom from Snyder himself. Some don't get that. Which is fine. I don't begrudge anyone who has bailed or scaled back. Just a personal choice over the years for me. Snyder owes me nothing. I know who he is and what he's done. I've made the choice to squeeze what I can out of it year to year anyway. Always telling myself that maybe someday it will be even better for me if they do reach high highs again that I stuck it out. But make no mistake, I am THRILLED the end might be in sight for the Snyder era. A new owner guarantees nothing. He could be really bad too. But he won't be Snyder. And there will at least be renewed hope and energy that is REAL and not just make-up covering up the giant blemish. Normally, I'd cringe at the thought of the scene this Sunday. We are out, Dallas is in. FedEx will legit be 75% or more Dallas fans. It will be Jerry-World East. Probably equal to or greater than any takeover we've ever seen before. And I can't help but think back to September 1999. Snyder's first game as owner. I was a senior in college, watching from a house I rented with friends in Norman, OK. I remember it was a bright and sunny day. Took that 35-14 lead. Blew it. Aikman rips our hearts out in OT. I stormed off. Crushing loss- still the worst opening week loss we (or at least I) have ever suffered. A beautiful day at FedEx ruined. If we only knew.... I wasn't there that day of course, but I imagine it was a sellout, with probably 90% + Redskins fans. Fast forward 23 years... same place, same teams... but almost nothing else is recognizable. What took place in between has been the slow destruction and erosion of an org and fanbase. It has reached the level of hopelessness that it has because many came to realization that as long as Snyder remained, there can be no meaningful change. And we know he's not going anywhere, so therefore, there is no hope. But now there is. I won't celebrate until we hear the sale is going through. I will put nothing past him and put nothing past our luck-- maybe he is faking all along-- maybe something will happen that makes it fall through. No parade until it's done. But I do think it's over. I believe we will have a new owner this spring. It will not fix things overnight. Dallas fans will still take over FedEx in 2023.. but hopefully a new owner can renew hope to a level where we become "normal" at least again. And hopefully maybe even better than that. Sunday will be a mess; but maybe not quite as "sad" as in the past. Maybe it will feel more redemptive. Like today is the LAST day of THIS. Yesterday, as the game ended, I buried my face in my hat for a moment. I was bummed. Still am. I'd prefer to be playing for the playoffs Sunday. But at the same time I turned to my family and said "maybe today was the last painful loss under Snyder." And if it was, I guess it really wasn't a loss at all. 11 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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