"I'm going out to grab some wrapping paper," my wife tells me on Christmas Eve, as she prepares to put the finishing touches on last minute gifts. "Watch the baby while I'm gone."
So I pick up my daughter, mute the television and turn on my radio. My favorite team isn't televised locally, so I allow the radio to describe the game for me. For the next three hours I bounce her on my knee, occasionally swinging her in the air if a Redskins player is sprinting down the sideline.
For as long as I can remember, this is how Redskins football has been enjoyed in my family. Even when the team is televised, we allow Sonny and Sam to comment on the game for us. The TV announcers and analysts aren't going to vehemently dispute every call like Sam does, even if the Redskins player was clearly at fault. That's what i love about it.
Sonny and Sam are an institution. For them not to be calling Redskins games is actually unimaginable for most fans.
But one day the time will come for two more to bring us the games on Sunday. But who? Will Doc Walker be promoted? Someone else?
While we worry about who will throw passes for the Redskins over the next decade, I wonder who will describe the games for my daughter when she's old enough to enjoy it with me.
Without question these two seats will be the hardest to fill and unlike a draft pick, this has to be right.