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I'm ready to root against the Redskins

August 01, 2002|BY JOEL HUFFER

Tackling dummies. Rookie initiations. Playbooks as thick as encyclopedias.

That's right - NFL camps are under way across the nation.

And in just 35 days, the 2002 season kicks off with a Thursday night game at Giants Stadium.

But first there's the preseason, which begins Saturday night with the American Bowl in Osaka, Japan - a made-for-TV event that features the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers.

I won't waste my time watching the game (ESPN, 10 p.m.), but I'll be hoping that the Niners win. Not because I'm a San Francisco fan, but because I love to root against the Redskins.

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Steve Spurrier: The former Heisman Trophy winner was hired away from the Florida Gators after winning 122 games in 12 seasons. He brings seven Southeastern Conference championships and one of the biggest smirks in the history of sports to Washington. I can't wait for Philadelphia to come to town so the new coach can get leveled by Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas as he is chasing quarterback Sage Rosenfels out of bounds.

  • The nickname: I'm no flag waver for political correctness, but I find "Redskins" just plain offensive. The name carries no hint of honor, like Warriors or Braves, nor does it carry any connection to the region's history, like Nanticoke or Powhatan. It simply is derogatory.

  • Sonny, Sam and Frank: The broadcasting trio of Jurgensen, Huff and Herzog makes the grinding of fingernails on a chalkboard sound like a symphony.

  • Steve Spurrier: The former Heisman Trophy winner was hired away from the Florida Gators after leading them to a 56-23 victory over Maryland in the Orange Bowl. He brings nine seasons of 10 or more wins and one of the biggest smirks in the history of sports to Washington. I can't wait for the New York Giants to come to town so the new coach can get leveled by defensive end Michael Strahan as he is chasing quarterback Shane Matthews out of bounds.

  • Ticket prices: You practically need to take out a second mortgage on your house to get your family into a game. Last year, the average price tag of $81.89 per ticket was the highest in the league - by nearly five bucks. The league average was nearly $30 lower.

  • The Hogettes: If I see these guys get any more air time during telecasts, I just might have to vomit. They're nothing more than a bunch of overweight cross-dressers in wigs. They're not football fans; they're a Jerry Springer show.

  • Daniel Snyder: The communications entrepreneur became owner of the team in 1999 and immediately began trying to buy himself a Super Bowl champion. He's on his fourth head coach and his team is 26-22 in three seasons.

  • n Steve Spurrier: The former Heisman Trophy winner was hired away from the Florida Gators after reaching 100 career victories faster than any major college coach in the 20th century. He brings a mind for high-octane offense and one of the biggest smirks in the history of sports to Washington. I'm just waiting for Dallas to come to town so the new coach can get leveled by Cowboys linebacker Dat Nguyen as he is chasing quarterback Danny Wuerffel out of bounds.



All that said, I really wish the Redskins no ill will. In fact, I'd love to see them get back to the Super Bowl.

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And, as an Oakland Raiders fan, I think it would be great to see a rematch of Super Bowl XVIII.

After all, that worked out pretty well.

Joel Huffer is a former Herald-Mail sports writer. He works as a copy editor in the newsroom and can be reached at joelh@herald-mail.com.

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