It is not so much that we obsess over who we play in the preseason, as much as we obsess over every single thing...about every single thing. Hey--it's what we do.
Here is what we know about our preseason so far:
|Aug. 7-10||vs New England Patriots||NBC4/Comcast Sportsnet||TBA|
|Aug. 18||vs. Cleveland Browns||ESPN||8 PM EST|
|Aug. 21-24||@ Baltimore Ravens||NBC4/Comcast Sportsnet||TBA|
|Aug. 28||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||NBC4/Comcast Sportsnet||TBA|
It doesn't hurt that information like this is disseminated in a time when we are starved for things to obsess over. I mean, unless another elite playmaker becomes available, and Barack Obama gets in on the recruitment process, everything for us is kind of heading downhill at this point.
I am not one to downplay the preseason. It is very important, of course. After all, that is when we break out our tailgating plans and procedures and put them through the rigors of dry runs that are anything but dry. I firmly believe that the best tailgates in the lot take the preseason very seriously--the starters party the entire tailgate. Two years ago, for some reason that escapes me at the moment, we were unable to get a tailgate in during the preseason. The result of that mistake was an unacceptably poor showing on opening day. The last thing I want to be is the guy who has to verbally undress a group of grown men who should all know better than to phone it in during the preseason. We're not Cowboys fans, for God's sake! This isn't Philadelphia, where you can just show up with a jar of Cheez Whiz and be a hero! I need to focus on my breathing for a second. Just thinking about the amount of hubris that was involved that August makes me want to vomit. It helps that I was able to work in the word hubris to this paragraph. Suffice to say, I can't remember the last time I was that disappointed...and I was in the stands when Joe Gibbs called that second timeout.
Where was I?
The preseason matters to all of us. Also, they play games in the preseason. As my father always told me, "You play like you practice." Hopefully, the Redskins can find some guidance on the field from this...in addition to the obvious tailgating applications of this wisdom.