The NFL was my favorite sports league for over 30 years. As it's popularity boomed over the past few years I have found myself enjoying College Football more. The stress of watching my Redskins and the stress of fantasy football leagues slowly broke me down. Fantasy football became more about luck than knowledge. Or, maybe, the knowledge became to easy to come by. Either way, it became less fun for me. T
My fandom of the Redskins has been a tough one. Since my age of twelve they have only made the playoffs four times and only one of those teams was actually any good and they pissed it all away the following season. The other three teams had to go on ridiculous winning streaks to make the playoffs. Once it was on the back of Clinton Portis, another was a ridiculously good defense and in 2012 it was RG3 Mania.
Looking back, two things brought my fanhood into question. First, was the murder of Sean Taylor. From a purely selfish perspective, it was deflating. He was on the precipice of becoming an elite player and was adored by all Skins fans. He was something special to watch. After that I went from "hardcore fan" to just a "big fan" of the team.
The second was the recent injury to Robert Griffin. Believe me, I had zero hopes for this season and I was already about 50% of the way done with being a "big fan" when he went down. I have no doubt that Kirk Cousins will have a long career in this league. I said so when he was drafted. You don't start that many years at Michigan State without being a pretty damn good quarterback. Plus, the QB talent in the NFL is embarrassing. He may even end up being the long awaited "savior" of the Redskins. The truth is, however, I don't care that much. Griffin had the potential to be something special, like Taylor. I hope he still does although I doubt its with this team which is probably a good thing for him.
When I was an extreme fan I couldn't miss a play much less a game. The Skins' performance would stick with me until the next Wednesday and sometimes the next Thursday. Now, the only thing that bother's me is hearing them discussed endlessly on the radio or local news. As I write this today, I can't even say I am a fan of the team at all. I truly don't care if they win or lose.
If I were to point to another cause of my decreased fandom it would be the whole Redskin's name issue. I don't find the name offensive. But, we live in an age where I can totally understand why someone would find it offensive. I am fine with that. I think it is inevitable that they will need to change their name. Could you imagine if they actually ever made it to the Super Bowl? What a mess it would be. The whole two weeks leading up to it would be nothing but hate toward the name and the team. Personally, I find the franchise offensive. And for that reason, I want the name changed. This offseason I was so sick of hearing about it I secretly hoped the team would pack up and move in the middle of the night like the Baltimore Colts.
I know a lot of Redskins fan's point to Dan Snyder as the "cause" for everything wrong with the franchise and there is likely a lot of truth to it. But, he isn't forcing anyone to like the team. The 1.5 Million Facebook fans they have were coerced into following them. In my opinion it is insane to hate the owner but remain a fan of the team. He OWNS the team. The team you are hoping wins. The team whose gear you buy.
Anyway, Hopefully I will recover and become a fan of the team again. Maybe all the years of drama and poor play has worn me down and I just need a break. Time will tell.
I was going to write about why I am done with the whole league but that will have to wait until later. The National's are on and are trying to lock up the top seed in the NL.