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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A 'Skins Fan's Lament

As Rob notes below, the Washington Redskins have, after years of being merely mediocre, become a national laughingstock. I was at the 'Skins-Eagles game Monday night and it was four hours of my life that I want back. As if the shitty play of the team wasn't bad enough, my section was filed with the Eagles' thuggish fans. Throughout the game, I had to endure them opening their greasy cheesesteak holes to tell me how much my team sucked.

They were at least telling the truth though. The Redskins management has apparently adopted an aggressive "let's make a bad situation worse" policy. The sign issue Rob notes is just one part. Another is being in complete denial of the problem. As they repeatedly say: Things are fine, just fine.

Consider this article from the Washington Post's Sunday section about declining stadium attendance and other signs of fan discontent:
David Donovan, the Redskins' chief operating officer, disputed Powell's analysis, saying that team records show a 12 percent dip in merchandise sales, which he said was understandable in a down economy.

Donovan also said that the team hasn't detected a significant decline in fan loyalty and that the team's attendance figures are accurately gathered by bar-code scanners at the turnstiles.

"I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Donovan said. "But in terms of the way our actual fans are behaving, we don't see any difference." [Emphasis added]
Yeah, that is it. The Post is just making shit up when they report that fans like me are pissed off.

God almighty, is Dan Snyder exclusively hiring ex-Bush appointees or something?

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