Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines following their emotionally charged victory over the Arizona Cardinals?
It wasn't pretty - far from it, actually. But with emotions running high during the first game without Dan Snyder as owner for 24 years, emerging with a win over the Arizona Cardinals was more important than the standard of performance when it's all said and done.
As expected, there was so much to unpack from the occasion. Among the stories causing debate recently include Montez Sweat's dominance, Magic Johnson's delight, Ron Rivera's assessment, and Sam Howell's reflecting on a wild afternoon.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Magic Johnson's delight with Commanders
It was a celebratory afternoon at FedEx Field as the Washington Commanders signaled the start of their exciting new era. The atmosphere was electric from start to finish and although there were a few boos when things weren't going well, everything turned out alright in the end.
The whole occasion was special - a far cry from the atmosphere surrounding the previous regime. Something that obviously resonated with Magic Johnson based on his social media post after the clash.
"Cookie and I had just a great experience at our first Commanders game! All of the stars came out and we got to see Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champion Doug Williams, DC Mayor Bowser, and our Commanders partners Josh Harris and Mark Ein, World Champion and Olympic alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn. Commanders legend Clinton Portis and rapper Wale."- Magic Johnson via X/Twitter
Everyone returning to the Commanders after staying away for obvious reasons can provide home-field advantage for the first time in years. It also adds extra expectations as Josh Harris' ownership aims to leave an immediate mark both on and off the field.
So far, so good.