A Bad Case of the Mondays
Monday brought what we were all expecting. Jay Gruden was summoned to Redskins Park and relieved of his duties as head coach of the Washington Redskins and I’m sure he’s relieved as well. What was lost in all of the chaos of what we all knew was coming was how the Redskins showed how transparent they are by attempting to be as murky as they possibly can.
Gruden was reportedly brought in at 5 a.m. on Monday to be fired. That meant at some point between the end of the home game against the Patriots, around 4:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. he was told that he needed to be at work. More than likely, that call came in the wee hours of the morning…let’s say 3 a.m. I’m not going to even get into what I would do if I’m getting a call from my boss at 3 a.m. I’m trying my best not to make this about me.
The Redskins didn’t want to fire Gruden before 11 p.m. because it would have been all over SportsCenter and the local news. Let’s be honest, it would have been the lede (that’s misspelled on purpose—its journalism speak) on every sports website and the local news stations from Baltimore, Md. to Norfolk, Va.
Firing Gruden at 5 a.m. keeps GRUDEN FIRED off of the front page of the Washington Post (the physical version). In addition, no local television station has a sports crew available at 5 a.m. I’m sure everyone was on call at the local stations, but not for a sneaky 5 a.m. firing. It was covered by the media, but not in full effect like most media outlets would have wanted. Therefore, there is no sad video of Gruden leaving the complex carrying a box out to his car.
Team owner Dan Synder doesn’t want that. He wants to hover under the radar. That’s why he hasn’t given an interview in who knows how long. His “yes man,” team president Bruce Allen, doesn’t give too many either. But you can’t fool this ex-journalist Danny boy. I knew what you were doing. And, while I do claim to be pretty bright, I do know that your dwindling fan base is as well, we just might need to judge our own sanity for sticking by this team as you continue to deconstruct it brick-by-brick.
A year ago, I started a Change.org petition to urge Roger Goodell to step in and strip the franchise from Dan Snyder due to his negligence. You can find that petition on RobbUnfiltered.com. The fan base has eroded. I posted a report recently to our Facebook page that showed the fan base has dropped 30 percent in the past five years. We all know that FedEx is not a home game anymore.
I urge everyone to still love and embrace this team, but don’t give any more of your hard-earned dollars to Dan Snyder. At this point, the only thing he has going for him is profit. Once he stops making money, he’ll cut this team loose. Its not going to happen today or tomorrow but it can happen five years down the road when he’s lost 30 percent more of the fan base.
Besides, what have we got to lose?
What DC Doom and Gloom?
Fuck the Redskins. That’s right. They are not the only game in town and if you are a sports fan in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia right now, there is plenty to cheer about.
The Nationals are one series away from the World Series after taking down arguably the best team in the NL, the L.A. Dodgers. The Washington Mystics, your new WNBA champs. The Wizards, gearing up for a new season and are making much needed front office changes. The Capitals, a model of consistency. They won it all two years ago, and they are contenders this year. University of Maryland, basketball season is when they shine but let’s not forget that they are the defending NCAA men’s soccer champs. The University of Virginia, national champions in hoops and lacrosse, ranked for the first time in years in football, ranked number 1 in the country in soccer. Virginia Tech is always a threat on the gridiron and are now a threat on the hardwood. James Madison University has one of the best FCS football programs every year. Virginia Commonwealth University is in the pre-season top 25 in men’s hoops. Georgetown Basketball is moving in the right directions with Patrick Ewing running the show. D.C.’s arena football team is only a year removed from a championship. DC United is back in the playoffs. And up the road in Baltimore, the Ravens look like they are for real this season. And, I’m sure I left out a bunch of other colleges sports, men and women, that are representing the region well.
My point is, DC sports fan, don’t sleep on the district or as some folks call it, the DMV. We’ve got a lot of good shit going on besides the Redskins.
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