Dan Steinberg had an interesting article where he described his experience at Fed Ex Field today. He’s right in that the fans were angry and unruly and people were definitely shouting things on the way out of the stadium. Like him, I also saw the poor guy on the Sax get heckled for not playing a sad enough song (Ironically, he was playing “You had a bad day” at the time). I think there’s one important fact that he missed however.
The anger that he sensed with the fans is not increasing. Rather, it is dying out. Fans get angry when they still maintain hope that the team could actually do something. Hope is officially dead for the Redskins fans. This was not anger’s rise but anger’s death knell. It will soon be replaced by something much, much worse — apathy. When fans bitch and moan, well that’s business as usual. It’s when the fans stop caring that you really have a problem, and underneath today’s rage I saw the seeds of apathy growing in the fans.
This was the low point of the season for the Redskins. The schedule gets tougher here on out, especially at home. Nobody will expect them to win after this. The fans that bother to show up might complain and boo, but the rage you’re hearing today will be dead and buried. Nobody will really care. Lifelong Redskins fans are finding it hard to stay loyal to a team that refuses to deviate from a strategy that failed them year after year. The Redskins are not just a bad team, but they’re a bad team with no real hope for change. There is no end in sight as long as Mister Snyder refuses to bring in an experienced and proven General Manager so that the team can be built properly — through the draft.