When it comes to those old line NFL and MLB teams, we do not speak of customer loyalty. You are messin' with fan allegiance right there. Allegiance ties self-identity to your team and pride of place that your team represents. (More on that below.)
When your team loses ugly, we understand the visceral reaction it unleashes. Hog Heaven contributor Scott Hirsch reacted yesterday and then he added more today. Read on.
The vultures are flying around the Redskins right now.
To add injury to insult, the name changers are still kicking us when we are down. Right now the "Deadskins" has to be the leading name alternative candidate.
I expect Special Teams coach Burns to be the first casualty of this mess. He'll be fired by week 6.
Shanny is great at opening games of the season. He OVER-PREPARES for opening games. 3 months of preparation for the Eagles.
So when that preparation leads to garbage playing, and then another week leads to zero improvement on that garbage playing with the same issues, that is a serious red flag. This situation is in no way comparable to being 3-6 last season because of that fact. When the Redskins lost last year, it was close every game except for the Steelers and the Panthers. Forbath was a crucial acquisition that help tip the balance in those close games.
There is no one move in this situation to fix what is going on.
~ Scott Hirsch
Washington Redskins: The Sky Is Falling For Washington Fans http://t.co/ywJ7LXqj0K. < a quick review of the panic that followed the GB game!— Ed Sheahin (@NFLSkins) September 17, 2013
See what I mean? Allegiance can be wonderful. It can also be a b*tch. Those who are angriest at you are they who love you most. Your failure is their pain because your identity is in their psychic DNA.
Allegiance, by the way, is why Washington fans will not give up the team name. Redskins is all about us and our team and has nothing to do with Native Americans. We don't really care what The Washington Post thinks about it.
Just dorve into lambeau in total 9 people officially protesting name of the team. Literally 9. Much ado about nothing. Name stays!— Chris Cooley (@thecooleyzone) September 15, 2013
But, I digress.
It's football. It's competitive sport. We can cope with a close, early season loss after a gallant fight. We are wounded by the crap seen in the first two games.
Fight on, Sons of Washington, but don't play like that again.
We will figure it out We work too hard not to #HTTR— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 15, 2013
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You are a fool if you believe your team name has nothing to do with Native Americans - one look at your logo blatantly confirms that. The ridiculousness of the situation can be revealed thusly: If Native Americans had become supremely populous in the US, with a major pop culture presence amongst all ethnicities' followings, so that their music and movies were everywhere, and the terms "chug" and "red nigger" ubiquitous, while African Americans had dwindled in numbers and segregated to reservations, and your team was called the Washingon Jigaboos, with a black man with caricature huge lips and a chicken wing in his hand for a logo, would you believe your team name and logo were somehow okay because of your allegiance? Because it's the exact same thing.
@originalpin When I say Redskin, it is to me and to my team that I refer, NOT Native Americans. I'm not Native American. I do not claim to be on. I'm just trying to be a Redskins fan. Thus, to Redskins fans, the term is not about Natives.
Since you cannot climb into my head, you cannot tell me what I think and believe. Your perception of it does not make it true.
You write as though you are Native American. Interesting thing is that the word "redskin" was not listed even once in your list of offending words. I do not know what "chung' is and I have never heard the term "red niggers." The team name in question is "Washington Redskins," not Washington red nigs.
I will not get into hypotheticals of an alternate reality. However, the real team logo does NOT depict huge lips or any other deformity, nor does is show a NA version of a chicken wing. If you see those things, then that perception is yours and not what the team is portraying.