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Still be the heart, way to go-dan! So, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times!

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 19: Workers remove the George Preston Marshall statue outside RFK stadium in Washington, DC June 19, 2020. Graffiti marked the memorial before its removal.
(Photo by Rick Maese /TWP)

Wow, did not think this writer would be writing this especially given the news that Dan Snyder is being pressure to sell. But I try to call it as I see it, so way to go Dan–your first incredibly successful off season, (kind of because unfortunately nothing is successful given Covid-19/BLM/ Booby Mitchell’s and Joe Bugel’s passing). So, bittersweet and our country is in the darkest of days since Nixon and Vietnam!

As the first week of training camp full contact drills ended, even though this is the worse offseason of my life, this is the best offseason for WFT since winning the super bowl in 1992…and the good news for WFT actually started months before this offseason with the firing of Bruce Allen.

Now, this writer never fully can buy into the characterization of Allen as this wick man, I guess I am too naive.  Heck, are we to believe Allen is like Mr. Burns or some sort of villain making sure WFT fails.  Allen’s dad, George, was a really great good old football coach and this writer still gets upset about that infamous Long Beach State Gatorade bath. Even though that George’s demise ultimately came from a football field, George stood for his players—both vets and rooks.  SO Bruce Allen did not, you can be the guess.   The fact is since Allen’s firing, the action of WFT have been miraculously grand for the most part.  Dan appears to have become a good liberal, great!

 

  • The changing of a racist name. Given the genocide and terrible historical use of the name Redskins and scalping (even if centuries ago) and the general treatment of Native Americans by the United States of America and our government, allowing our players to finally regain their social platforms by a corporate ask and public pressure.   Ultimately, they asked and Dan, you listened and responded. Way to go!
  • The hiring of our first Hispanic/minority head coach, Ron Rivera (unless one considers Lone Star Dietz, Native American)
  • The hiring of an African American woman to the coaching staff, Jennifer King (of my alma matter, Guilford College, go Fightin’ Quakers!)
  • Bringing in Thomas Davis, a Walter Payton Award Recipient for community service and community leadership
  • This training camp, the hiring of the 1st President who is of African American race for an NFL franchise, Jason Wright
  • Having Doug Williams virtually GM or at least playing a major role in the GM office
  • Hiring of all-time great blocker and tight end Don Warren to the front office
  • The renaming of the lower bowl in honor of the passing of WFT great Bobby Mitchell. RIP Bobby! (Hopefully, some sort of honor will be bestowed upon head hog Joe Bugel, too. Hint: I know a bar in Fed Field club zone that could be renamed Buggies Bug-el).
  • The WFT Broadcast Team (unsure what role Snyder plays in these hires if any) which will commonly be referred to as the Voice of the WFT or some variation, hired a woman in Julie Donaldson, a Jewish minority in Bram Weinstein and an African American in former player DeAngelo Hall. Given the allegations against Larry Michael (as yet completely unproven), these hires  were handled with class, completely superb so far.
  • Putting out a statement in favor of the removal of the George Preston Marshall statue from RFK stadium
  • After name change, the organization I believe has stated it is fine for players to kneel for the national anthem to raise awareness on BLM

 

When players on WFT spoke on racial equality early this year and their voice was squashed because of the racist team name, that stunk.  Enough was enough. SO, like us, had wanted a name change really since the 1st protests in 1992.  Somehow for decades, minority rights were being disregarded for a non-issue.

Some of us fans remember how much pride we took in Doug and Bobby, in Monk and Green, and so many off-the-field community service leaders including todays Ryan Kerrigan, Vernon Davis and Nick Sundberg.  But today’s WFT stars were and had to take a back seat on BLM simply because of a racist name, Redskins.  How sad that nationally our identity was now tied to the racism.

While others were able to take a lead on racial equality, Redskins players were looked as hypocritical, period.

This writer needed a change of name even more so than winning…For WFT players to take a lead for our city without the hypocrisy of not being able to kneel kind of or say he is a Native American advocate, etc.  Now, players finally can take that lead without a blatant hypocrisy: a racist name.

So thanks Dan—when it comes to the WFT, today, the buck stops on your desk.  Snyder deserves most of the credit for helping his players, diversifying the coaching staff and broadcast team (with no quotas), for honor passed legends and taking a huge step on  righting this ship for this team at the on-set of a new decade.

Heck this writer might be calling for Troy Apeke seeing more action on field…honestly, best players always regardless of race…do still take pride in Doug…might even might want to hear silent majority views of Del Rio if we have enough players who take leadership on racial equality…I guess for WFT, just like other towns that have removed Confederate statues and racist names recently…it is the best of times and it is the worst of times- A Tales of Two Cities.  WFT, today!

 

 

 

 

 


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