When the Washington Redskins traded everything to draft Baylor QB Robert Griffin III my sports heart immediately felt a little heavy. Here is a guy who is nearly impossible not to like going to a franchise run by a man who is mathematically impossible to like.
As many jerseys as RGIII is selling for the Redskins these days, and as much fun as he is to watch, his presence alone does not outweigh the negative vibes generated by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Cowboys at Redskins on Sunday always brings to mind this famous article from The Washington City Paper, published in 2010.
No owner in recent sports has created such a more negative image of himself as Snyder. This includes LA Clippers owner Don Sterling and Cincy Bengals owner Mike Brown. At least Jerry Jones has a sense of humor about himself and will laugh at his own mistakes.
Snyder has created the impression of a super thin-skinned man who has surrounded himself with a group of Smithers-like sycophants.
Sadly, for the first time since he bought the Redskins in May of 1999 it does appear as if he finally has a winner on his hands. If the Redskins win on Sunday it will be only the third time in the Dan Snyder era the team has won 10 games, fourth time they made the playoffs, and first since 2007.
Here is the rub: You want to for a guy like Robert Griffin III, but desperately want to see Snyder continue to sports suffer in perputuity.
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