Archive for February, 2011

Lay off Snyder – he has made mistakes but deserves a second chance

February 12, 2011

Last week I wrote an article that basically said that even though Redskins owner Dan Snyder hasn’t done a great job — he has made some of the same mistakes over and over — and even though multiple reports say that he has at times treated people unfairly or not been the nicest guy, people should lay off him a bit.  The criticism has been relentless and ruthless.  It’s all you hear on sports radio nowadays.  So from here on out, any move the Redskins make will be scrutinized and criticized much more than before because of the missteps of the past 12 years.

The latest controversy has been Snyder suing a writer from the City Paper for defamation.  I simply pointed out in my article on Examiner.com that there were several items in the article that were exaggerated.  I also said that listening to the drivel on sports radio about how Snyder made a mistake in suing, and all of the other anti-Snyder talk just gets ridiculously boring.  Whatever your take, there were a lot of comments.

I probably didn’t make it clear enough that the article in the City Paper was on target on a lot of items, but even that is old news. Snyder has hurt himself, I believe, by rarely doing interviews, and not responding to criticism in the past. When he does do an interview he comes across as a good guy so he should do more of them.  If I were him, I just wouldn’t ever listen to sports radio and try to forget the past and just move forward.

Yesterday I was interviewed on the afternoon drive talk show on Toronto’s AM 640 about this.

It has been frustrating being a Redskins fan for the last 12 years – make that the last 18, during which time they have only made the playoffs three times.  But two of those times were under Joe Gibbs 2.0, so you can’t fault Snyder for that hire, which at the time was a great coup.  The Shanahan hire may ultimately also pay dividends though it got off to a rocky start last year.

Here’s my article on Examiner.com.

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Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

February 7, 2011

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger is the latest Redskin to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Hanburger was voted in as a senior candidate, 32 years after the outside linebacker retired.  Hanburger played 14 seasons for the Redskins, making the Pro Bowl nine times and winning the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 1972 when Washington made it to the Super Bowl.

In the 1970s, Hanburger was part of George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang,” a group of veterans who led the Redskins to five playoff appearances and seven winning seasons in a row from 1971 to 1977.

Hanburger intercepted 19 passes in his career, returning two for touchdowns, and recovered 17 fumbles, returning three for scores. He was named All-Pro four times.

Hanburger becomes the fourth Redskin in the last four years to make it to Canton, Ohio.  Last year, guard Russ Grimm made it to Canton.  Two years ago, receiver Art Monk and cornerback Darrell Green were enshrined.

Hanburger, like Monk and Grimm, was a humble player who did not promote his accomplishments during or after his career.

Modesty may have hurt them in being overlooked for the Hall for a number of years.  Like Monk (inducted in his eighth year of eligibility) and Grimm (inducted in his 14th year of eligibility), Hanburger was bypassed for many years, making it 27 years after he was first eligible.

Is there an anti-Redskins bias that prevents players from making the Hall of Fame in favor of players from Pittsburgh and Dallas?

There are many other Redskins who should be in the Hall of Fame and others who at least deserve consideration.  Click here to read the rest of my article on Examiner.com to find out which other Redskins may belong in Canton, Ohio.

Will former Skins linebacker Chris Hanburger, of Over the Hill Gang, make the Hall of Fame?

February 5, 2011

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger may be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight.  Hanburger was nominated as a senior candidate.  The voting takes place today. Hanburger made nine Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro four seasons.  He was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 when the Redskins made it to the Super Bowl.

Hanburger was part of teams that made five playoff appearances in seven years in the 1970s for George Allen’s Redskins.  Click here to see my article on Examiner.com.

NFL Network: way too many Cowboys

February 5, 2011

Just watching an NFL Network “roundtable.”  The four guests?  Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Daryl Johnston and Brian Billick. Three of the four are ex-Cowboys.  The NFL Network, ESPN and other networks go way overboard with all their former Cowboys on TV.  It’s sickening.  At least Emmitt Smith is no longer on ESPN.  He was awful.  It’s bad enough that the Redskins are mediocre. It’s even worse to constantly get Troy Aikman or Johnston as our game announcers.  And of course, every time the NFL Network or ESPN replays old Super Bowls or regular season games, they ignore the Skins and play Dallas, or Green Bay (Favre).

And what about Favre being the 20th best football player ever and Sonny Jurgensen not even making the list on NFL.com’s list of Top 100 players?  Pathetic.