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The Redskins have become as much of a story off the field as they have on since September. Last week Hall of fame and Redskin great John “Riggo” Riggins part of a Showtime NFL panel cited owner Daniel Snyder for having a “heart of darkness.” Cue the scary music and laughter, Mwwu-ha,ha,ha. Was Riggo channeling Vincent Price?

Seeing the Redskins owner on TV last week fielding questions from nameless—unseen fans I expected his head to spin around like Karen Valentine of 70s Exorcist fame. Snyder may or may not have a heart of darkness but he’s sure to have a stomach full of anti-acids after seeing his team drop to 2-6 on Sunday.

I watched with passive aggressive attention—intention? Lately I’ve found myself talking about other teams and games even in conversations with legitimate Redskins fans. Talk of the economy is easier than what’s happening to the burgundy and white. Hey, bring back the burgundy and gold it may change our fortune!

The Falcons stepped back on the winning track and stepped over the fallen Skins 31-17. I saw good signs of emotion and spirited play by several Washington players Sunday. The bad signs, key players are getting hurt every week. We’re walking and running wounded. Even the trainer’s appear to limp on and off the field. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are taping up before games. Players are getting into fights—with coaches on the other teams sideline. I’d be less surprised if a fight broke out on our own sideline. Unfortunately when things are desperate on the gridiron, injuries and flaring tempers often follow.

As former Redskin Doc Walker so astutely pointed out post-game, the only good thing about injuries is you get a fresh look at some other talent that very well might shape the future of the franchise. I’d dare say that following this season few will have jobs or want them around Ashburn Park. Next week, Dan Snyder participates in a séance in an effort to communicate with his dead franchise.

Jdon Howard


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