Saturday, August 04, 2007


Each new season begins with hope and with 32 teams tied for the best record in the NFL. And without any bragging rights earned just yet, any fans of just about any team not named the Cleveland Browns, can engage in a little smack talk.

Today as I walked towards the stadium to take in the Ravens v. Redskins scrimmage, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of Redskins fans in attendance. There were more Redskins fans attending a scrimmage that the Ravens claim drew 25,332 (a number that in my opinion is about 8,000 too high) than Steelers’ fans at the more recent Ravens v. Steelers games.

So as I strolled along through the concrete jungle featuring weather conditions that would make the Serengeti seem like Nova Scotia in January, I found myself amused by the smack talk originating from folks dressed in Redskins’ jerseys. And I wondered what it must be like to be a Redskins fan.

Let’s admit it, they do have a rather rich history and a catchy (in a flu kind of way) fight song. But their glory years are long gone. Over the past 10 seasons their cumulative record is below .500 (73-86-1) and they’ve gone through 5 head coaches during that time frame. To make matters worse, they are owned by a man with a rather well endowed Napoleonic Complex who really doesn’t care much what the fans of the team think.

Does that all sound strikingly familiar to you?

So in a way, I felt a little bad for those fans. They are not too unlike Orioles fans that enter each season with hope only to have their aspirations shattered by Memorial Day. With the Redskins, they concede around Halloween.

But hey, there’s always next year right?

Just ask any Orioles fan.