With the offseason in the quiet time before camp starts up and the agony of the final 30 seconds of the USA vs Portugal match, I thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the highs and lows of being a Redskins fan in your life time. Though the end result of a tied game stings so much for USA soccer fans, the fact that they were able to tie and really outplay Portugal does make a statement in the soccer community and is a positive thing for the program. What are some of your greatest and worst moments as a Redskins fan? Whether you were watching it on TV, live at the game or listening on the Radio, what times stand out the most that epitomize those emotions.
I'll give some of my examples below, but definitely provide your own in the comments below!
Super Bowl XXII win after being down 10-0:
- I was just starting to understand football, but this is one of my earliest Redskins memories. At the time I definitely didn't appreciate it for what it was, but I can just remember the excitement as Doug Williams, Timmy Smith and everyone else scored 42 unanswered points.
The 1991 season and XXVI Super Bowl win:
This is when I really became a die hard fan and obsessed with the game. I can remember watching every week and just seeing one of the best football teams assembled dominate. Then their following up of a great regular season with knocking off the Falcons and Lions in the playoffs, before crushing the Bills in the Super Bowl.
Watching 3 Playoff Runs Live:
The Redskins haven't had a lot of success since that 1991 season, but I've been lucky enough to be a season ticket holder during their last three playoff runs. In all three cases the Redskins at the mid-way point looked to be kinda out of the playoff picture, but in all three cases they made a strong run to make it to the post season. The most recent one in 2012 was the most impressive, because it was the most unlikely. At the time of the Redskins bye only two or three other teams in the NFC had worst playoff chances than the Redskins. Washington not only beat those odds, but they ended up winning their first division title since 1999. The excitement in the stadium as those regular seasons came to a close the Redskins were playoff bound were some of my favorite moments.
First Game after the loss of Sean Taylor:
This was such a tough game to go to after just one of the saddest weeks in Redskins history. While the outpouring of support from the fans and the video tribute was so touching, this was just a game filled with sadness. This was just a rough game that ended horribly in a loss, which at the time made you think the Redskins were also out of the playoffs. Though that wasn't the main focus of course after the tough day, when that set in it made it that much worse.
The Divisional Round Loss to the Buccaneers in the 1999 season Playoffs:
-People forget how good this Redskins offense was (defense left something to be desired), if not for the Greatest Show on Turf the Redskins would have had the best offense in the league that year (why they signed Jeff George in free agency after that I will never understand). The Redskins easily beat the Lions in the first round of the playoffs, and then took a 13-0 lead in the 3rd quarter. While the Buccaneers came back to take the lead 14-13, the Redskins had a chance to win it with a 51 yard field goal attempt, but they never got a chance as Dan Turk botched the snap. This was just a heart breaking loss, made even worse for me because I had to listen to the game on the radio.
RGIII injuries in Seattle Playoff Game:
-Some people may disagree with me, but I firmly believe that Griffin should have been pulled from that Seattle playoff game after the Redskins 2nd TD, when you could clearly see he wasn't himself. Whether or not this would have prevented the need for a full reconstruction is up for debate, but what was clear was leaving out an ailing rookie was doing no favors to him or to the team. Not only did the Redskins lose their first home playoff game since 1999, but they also pretty much lost the 2013 due to the injury.