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Waiting For The Weekend: Ownership Isn’t all Fun and Names 3

Posted on October 30, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys - September 19, 2005

Daniel Snyder has spent a decade alienating fans of the Washington Redskins while not producing a consistent winner.

Growing up in Southern Virginia, the two closest “big” cities were Richmond and Washington D.C. They were not only the largest cities, but also the closest places with “big time” sports.

As a kid we went to Richmond numerous times each year to see the Richmond Braves (Triple-A team for the Atlanta Braves). With the Redskins being the closest NFL team, you couldn’t go far in the fall without seeing someone sporting the maroon and gold of the Skins. It has been 14 years since I have lived in the area, but I was home last weekend and learned that things have changed a lot (and not for the better) in relation to the sports teams in these two historic cities.
Trouble in D.C.
For generations, there have been very few fan bases in sports that could be considered more loyal than the Washington Redskins. Even when the franchise was enduring a span of 13 straight years without a winning record in the 1950s and 1960s, the stadium was full and there was a waiting list decades long for tickets.
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