I’ve been married for just over a year now. My wife became a Redskins fan because it was one of my pre-requisites before ever seriously dating. Recently, a friend of mine asked me what record the Redskins would end with during this upcoming season. I thought I was being optimistic when I said 7-9 or 8-8. My wife quickly questioned my response by asking, “Wait, I thought we got RGIII this year. Doesn’t that mean we’ll be really good?” I saw in her response the optimism that I had at various points over the past two decades. And I didn’t want to crush her spirit, so I just responded, “Yea, we’ll be good hun.”
I love to cheer for the Redskins every weekend, and my DC fan-hood (especially for the Redskins) is the biggest hobby in my life. As time has gone on through the Dan Snyder era, I have grown a bit jaded. I am 26 years old, and the first football game I can remember was the ’92 Super Bowl when I was 6. The majority of my memories are of disappointment. And things just kept getting worse. I thought Norv Turner was what was wrong with DC. And now in hindsight, I would have begged for him during the Spurrier or Zorn eras. We had Gus Frerotte head-butt this team out of the playoff race. We had Neon Deion Sanders waffling around and running backwards on punt returns. We had swinging gates and slip-n-slides. We had a cardiovascular debacle and conditioning tests. Our franchise has gotten really creative in ways to lose and lose badly. And yet every off-season there was a story for why the next season would be better whether it be the big signing: Donovan McNabb; the new coach: Steve Spurrier; or the “change in culture at Redskins Park” that folks like Chris Cooley seem to mention every year.
But I am hoping that my wife, as a relatively new fan doesn’t have to endure the pains we have had over the last two decades. I am hoping that she enjoys the exhilaration of a Super Bowl run. And I hope that she doesn’t have to witness any of the following events that I fear could come upon our team this season.
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. I am truly hoping that none of these things happen. It just helped me with the off-season cleansing process to put those all out there on the table now. Hopefully the RGIII era will be filled with success, even if it does take a season or two to get there- HTTR!
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