Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Story of the Week - Snyder vs. 'Skins vs. Riggins
This past week Washington Redskins owner Dan Synder found himself in the headlines. In what appears to be another disappointing season for the 'Skins, Synder went on record publicly apologizing to the fans. He said, "I feel sorry for the fans. And we're very, very appreciative of our great, loyal fan base. And I'm understanding. I mean, we just feel terrible. We're disappointed, and we're embarrassed. And we hope to get it going soon."- www.washingtontimes.com
Synder has tried to make big splashes in the free agent and trade markets in an attempt to change the losing ways in DC. He has landed Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. This year he paid mega-bucks for Albert Haynesworth. But none of them have really panned out.
Maybe his apology was sincere. He has tried to land special players and coaches, just nothing has worked.
The story didn't end there. John Riggins, former Redskin great, began bashing Snyder. Riggins told the world that Synder was in it for the money. Towards the end of his comment he said, "Let me put it to you this way Cris [Collinsworth], this person’s heart is dark". - www.washingtonexaminer.com
Collinsworth seemed shocked by Riggins comments. But when a former great of any team makes statements about the ownership/management people listen. People will, maybe unfairly, side with the player. When Michael Jordan complained about Jerry Krause, Krause got the boot (even after 6 championships). Obviously, that is not always the case. Most Packer fans have not sided with Brett Farve after all his outbursts about the Packers treatment of arguably the greatest QB of all-time. Still, this spat between Synder, 'Skins Fans, and now Riggins has caught the nation's attention. Maybe that is just the spark the 'Skins need (although they are 0-1 since the comments).
And Let Us Say...Amen.
Photo by: dbking's flickr
Posted by Jeremy Fine at 11:58 PM