1. On behalf of myself and my family, as well as every author past and present at Hogs Haven, and from the bottom of my heart, I would like to remember all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this great nation. To all of the families who have suffered the loss or losses of loved ones in this endeavor, our thoughts remain with you beyond one day of reflection. Thank you and...thank you.
2. Please consume this as if it were a Sixpack of the Mondays. For most of you, that Monday flavor contains the slightest hint of regret, with a healthy dose of "Okay...who do I have to apologize to after this weekend?" I sometimes take a bit of a...hard time...for putting this out on Tuesday, but I hope everyone took the opportunity--as I did--to spend time with family, friends and loved ones to create as much positive energy as possible on such an important day.
3. Now that we have created that positive energy, let's keep it flowing. McLovin' is putting out the vibe over at Redskins Park and we are all picking up on it. After last week's discussion on the general feeling from the outside world (that the Redskins are having a great offseason), I am particularly upbeat on things. Of course, I can be an insufferable optimist, but it seems I less and less alone these days. (Then again, it always feels that way this time of year.)
4. I figured I would use this post as my first foray into voicing the feeling that, after years of shenanigans, I am feeling like the waters are as safe as they are going to be to go ahead and dive back in...to being the kind of fan many of us have subconsciously protected ourselves from being. None of us has forsaken our favorite team. Anyone reading this has been right there with me over the years, believing too much in a flawed team. This has led to some pretty terrible Sundays. I am not suggesting tough losses aren't still on the menu, but the manner in which we march into some of these contests is already starting to feel different. Ridiculous? Probably...it feels good to deal in ridiculous again!
5. The Washington organization is on extremely firm footing, or at least far firmer ground that it has been for a very long time. So much so that I mentioned to a friend the other day (yes...you James) how I am starting to feel the way I did a long, long time ago--like when we were winning Super Bowls, and the short period afterward where people still saw us as "recent" champions. That makes me think a Norv Turner thought...his brand of mediocrity was so mind-numbing that it almost gets forgotten that he was here from 1994 to 2000. During that time, the Redskins were solidly mediocre. Hell, if Norv had himself a kicker, we may be talking about a longer tenure. That era really dulled the senses, which angered many of us. As it turns out, it was kind of a good thing...relatively speaking. It was a great buffer between greatness and...terribleness. When I think back to when optimism and reality were far, far closer together in Redskins Nation, I have to reach back over that gulf. If you think about it, a huge section of our fanbase has no way to go further back from that--it began over 20 YEARS AGO! Today, I can honestly suggest that I am starting to remember that feeling from the VERY early 90's, when we entered seasons confident that the team was being tended to responsibly. That was before I took up drinking (I was just a kid), so that feeling came honestly.
6. If the Chicago Bears were thinking they could let Stephen Paea walk because Ray McDonald was going to lock down the line of scrimmage, that may have been...a mistake. (I am only speculating the part about Paea and McDonald decisions being linked.)