RGIII, Commanders fans react to earth-shattering Dan Snyder news

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Dan Snyder
(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Dan Snyder /

On Wednesday, the Washington Commanders fan base was injected with a sense of optimism it hasn’t experienced in years after Forbes reported Dan Snyder hired Bank of America Securities to help sell the Commanders.

While a transaction could be for the entire team or a minority stake, this is uncharted territory and the fact we even made it to this point is incredible.

Do fans have Jim Irsay to thank for that? Is Snyder suddenly in need of a cash infusion? Is the widely-panned owner actually incentivized to relinquish control of the organization he’s presided over since 1999? If it’s only a minority stake, what self-respecting individual would ever get into bed with Snyder?

Unfortunately, one of these questions have answers. The sheer confusion and elation could describe the reaction of Commanders Twitter after the news broke.

We’ll start with Robert Griffin III. The former Offensive Rookie of the Year recently disclosed his interest in returning to Washington to mentor rookie Sam Howell. Now, Griffin is offering his services as a minority owner of the franchise and is calling on 10 fans to join this new business opportunity.

Robert Griffin III, Commanders fans react to bombshell report claiming Dan Snyder is exploring selling the team.

Clearly joking, Griffin’s always bled burgundy and gold through and through.

The Commanders are currently riding a three-game winning streak, bringing their season record to 4-4, which is tied for the third wild card spot in the NFC. How would you rank those four victories? Easy. Wednesday’s Snyder’s news is No. 1.

It’s not up for debate, though we’d put the comeback victories over the Colts and Jaguars ahead of the Week 7 win over Green Bay. The bottom line, though, as 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen notes, is this Snyder bomb takes the cake in a landslide.

After all …

It’s not even close, and that has nothing to do with the on-field product. While that hasn’t helped, a potential change in ownership would inject optimism and belief into the fan base even if the Commanders finished 0-17.

“Left hand up, who are we?!”

You’re sadly mistaken, RGIII. The parade has already started.

That is not an overstatement.

Neither is that. A Super Bowl would be incredible, but who wouldn’t trade one championship for Snyder selling the team?

In Rachel Nichols’ defense, there’s nothing wrong with waiting for the other shoe to drop. In reality, nobody has any idea what Snyder’s end game is. While the owner is “exploring all options,” per a Commanders spokesperson, it’s possible this is all a cash grab for a new stadium with the lease on FedEx Field expiring in 2027.

Whatever the case, the collective jubilation Commanders fans let out on Twitter after the report was so refreshing. It’s nothing less than fans deserved amid the incessant embarrassment Snyder has brought to the franchise since he purchased the team in 1999.

Mark those calendars, everyone. This could be a symbolic day in Washington Football history when all is said and done.

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