The Devil’s Sympathy

Dan Snyder was a terrible owner. We’ll miss him. The post Sympathy for the Devil appeared first on The American Conservative.

The Washington Redskins, formerly the Washington Redskins, are experiencing a resurgence of hope. After many years , the owner has been fired .

Dan Snyder, owner of the team in question, is said to have accepted a $6 Billion offer from a group headed by Josh Harris, an investor from Chevy Chase, Maryland. The NFL is deciding whether or not to approve the deal. If it signs off, and based on the current reports there’s no reason to believe it won’t, it will put an end to 24 years of frustration and disappointment.


The fans of the American football team that was formerly called the Washington Redskins, have endured a difficult time even by the standards for bad football teams. During the Snyder era they went 164-220-2 during the regular season, and 2-6 during the postseason. The Detroit Lions are worse in terms of raw numbers, but still not very good. Twenty-seven quarterbacks have been the starting lineup of the Washington Redskins in the last twenty-four years. This is a shocking and eye-opening statistic. The Washington Redskins, a professional American football team that was formerly called the Washington Redskins, is known for its ability to destroy quarterbacks.

I’ve spent the majority of my conscious existence hating Snyder. With a record of 164-220-2, it’s not difficult. My parents were born during the team’s Dynasty Era, and Snyder, as owner quickly proved that he could not compete with Jack Kent Cooke. My father used to say that Snyder was “a piece of work” but he was also a good coach. And his face was not a pretty one: the famous tantrums. The conflict between the league and owners. The only owner who is a friend to the man: Jerry Jones. The juvenile revenge. The very funny, retroactively, beef between the federal government and over chopping down some trees . The allegations made in recent years of financial and sexual impropriety within the organization.

It is odd that I feel something sad when I read the news. Maybe it’s pity or sympathy or regret. It could be a perverse affection for something that you’ve hated your entire life: TV commercials, “Summer Breeze” intro. Nobody wants Wile E. coyote to win the battle against the Road Runner; you would miss him. This dynamic is evident in the media’s apparent desire for Donald Trump to return. It could be the feeling of being sickened by watching someone else’s beloved thing get ruined and taken away.

What if I told you that Dan Snyder’s problem is that he’s a hopeless romancer? A 2013 Wild Card Game against the Seahawks was a revealing episode. Snyder overruled Mike Shanahan’s initial decision to pull the injured Heisman winning rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin’s career was ended by the ACL/LCL tears that followed. He finished his career in 2020 as Baltimore Ravens second backup.

Many fans were shocked at the time. They pointed out that winning a game was not worth sacrificing a quarterback’s career. They were correct on the level of hard-headed management and balance sheets. Snyder doesn’t seem to be operating at that level.


Snyder, at his core, seems to believe in the Magic of Football. In a film, if a plucky, clean cut, highly talented rookie quarterback says he’s able to play on an injury, that the coach is too cautious and this is what you brought him for, then you have a clearly defined role: you furrow your eyebrows in silence, look up, and say It is not a dream. You put the quarterback in. You win the Super Bowl. Your name will be in history as the owner who believed.

Magic of Football logic can be seen in the nadirs of recent decades: the Super Bowl winning coach being brought out of retirement to work, the Heisman award-winning Ohio State QB being drafted instead of offensive tackles who are desperately needed because he used to play at Bullis when your children were young.

The world does not operate according to the Magic of Football. Or perhaps it is, but in a negative way–Snyder must have been cursed. Alex Smith’s fractured leg was eerie, and it seemed to be a malignant act. Thirty-three years after Joe Theismann sustained a similar injury that ended his career, there was something sinister at play. Dwayne haskins, a “good kid” who grew up in Bullis, was cut from the team due to disciplinary issues. He was looking forward to a second season of backup football for the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers, when he got run over by a truck. He was high on Ketamine.

Snyder was a courageous man because he had a single-minded commitment to his vision of the way the world should work. He refused to change the name of the Redskins despite heavy pressure from well pensants and the league. He went to the people and asked if Native Americans, who were allegedly wronged, found the Redskins’ name offensive.

The Washington Post conducted the polls, and to the surprise and delight of its writers and subscribers, Snyder was vindicatedtwice. The NFL finally stopped selling Redskins products in its stores during the Summer Of Floyd.

In a 2002 interview with the Post Snyder stated, “I am still a child… I am just a youngster.” At that time, he was not 40 years old; perhaps things have changed. I don’t think so. A man who left college to buy the hometown football team and build a fortune will see a return of about seven times his investment in 1999. The story ends in tragedy, but at least there is something that can help ease the pain: the hometown football team no longer exists. Who are the Commanders now? Six billion dollars is a lot for an Wunderkind who lives across Atlantic.

He might buy a soccer club.

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