I always thought that the Redskins would be the team to bring back glory to the DC metropolitan area. Though it would be unfair not to recognize the accomplishments of the Washington Capitals, I have never been much of a hockey fan, and as far as national pastimes go, hockey probably trails behind golf by a little bit with both the sports lagging behind the big three; Baseball, Football and Basketball. Surprisingly, the Baltimore Orioles have just swept the Tampa Bay Rays to start the season off. Though a highly premature wager, as three games in a baseball season amount to nothing, I have a feeling that the Orioles will come closer to a title than the Redskins will, and they will do it much sooner.
It is not that I don’t have faith in the Skins. Wait, let me take that back. It is because I don’t have faith in the Redskins that I think the O’s will get a banner before the Skins. The off season has given me a chance to asses what I love about both teams. Unfortunately, both organizations are a far cry from what they were in my childhood. Can the Orioles truly be the Orioles without Cal Ripken Jr. involved in the team in some way or another? The fall from grace for both teams has paralleled each other and the similarities are familiar. Both organizations once were at the top of their game in the eighties before being destroyed by their owners. The Orioles flamed out before the Redskins, 1988 being one of their worse years. They had some success in the late 90’s, but that’s all. I don’t think there is anything more to ay about both teams’ demises other than the words Angelos and Snyder.
So my assessment has come to this conclusion, as I am sure it has for many fans. My love of the Redskins is for the Redskins franchise, the name and the history. Quite honestly, there is very little to love about the current Redskins. Draft day is fast-approaching and my apathy is self-evident. Mike Shanahan needs to start communicating soon, and give some glimmers of hope. As of right now, I still don’t know who our quarterback is. Of course, all of this is moot, because we may not even have football this year. So in the mean time, I will watch the Orioles with nervous ambition, and maybe we might just get lucky this year.