Washington Football Team fans will soon welcome an old friend to D.C.
For the first time since December of 2019, an old friend returns to Washington, and fans can’t wait to welcome it.
2020 has not been friendly to football in our nation’s capital. Of course, 2020 has exactly been friendly to the human race as a whole. But for football fans in Washington D.C., the last few months have been anything but easy. In fact, it’s been an incredibly trying time for those who love the burgundy and gold, both inside and outside the beltway.
Over the summer, the Washington Football Team retired the long-standing name of the Redskins, a name that had been in place since 1932. The organization was slammed with a wave of serious sexual harassment allegations that left the team scrambling to restructure itself from the top down.
Everything from the ownership group to the broadcast booth, to the team’s name and jerseys; It has all seen a seismic change.
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First-year head coach Ron Rivera has dealt with endless lines of questions regarding race relations, team ownership, previous front office structure, and team name drama, all while battling a recent diagnosis of cancer. Oh, and did I mention their future star running back, Derrius Guice, was released and may never play football again? This has all taken place before a single game of football has happened under his reign as head coach.
Nothing about the last few months in Washington has been fun to deal with.
But fans of the Washington Football Team are welcoming back an old friend to their lives. A friend that hasn’t been around since last December.
That friend is football.
Football is why we are all here. It’s why I am writing this article. It’s why you are reading this article. Sure, the circus show of bad press out of Washington makes for juicy storylines for national writers. The drama and madness of the media storm create plenty of memes and jokes for sports fans from afar to laugh at. Both political and sports figures alike have weighed in on the football team for months.
But for those who have cared for and loved this team for years, it’s been everything but entertaining.
The return of football reminds us all why we love it so much. It brings us back together. Watching Chase Young blow up a play in training camp, or watching Terry McLaurin streak down the sideline to meet a Dwayne Haskins throw gets us excited for what’s ahead. Being able to talk football again is a refreshing first step to returning to a sense of normal.
While this season kicks off an unknown new era in Washington, the future truly does look bright. New names and new faces in the right places will inject a new sense of hope that simply hasn’t existed in this fan base for the better part of the last 25 years. NFL football is right around the corner, and for Washington Football fans, it couldn’t come fast enough.
Who would have known we would miss the days of debating the Kirk Cousins‘s contract saga? Only 2020 would make Trent Williams holdout, and the departure from the team seem like nothing.
But in just a couple of weeks, the Philidelphia Eagles come to town. With that comes the return of a dear friend we have all missed tremendously. Football.