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Open Letter to Dan Snyder

Dear Dan Snyder,

Are you ready for some football?

I am.  And tonight is the first game.  The Raiders play the Patriots.

Mr. Snyder, I’ll be watching “our team,” on Sunday — just like I do for the first few weeks each season.

Why, you ask? Because opening day is a time for rebirth.  Every year, we get to start over.  For at least the next three weeks, I will have some glimmer of hope that this might just be the year for “our team.” 

This is a new day for you, too, Mr. Snyder   For the next few weeks, you will be able to go out to some local restaurants and bars without being harassed.  Let’s keep it that way.  It’s in “our” best interest that we have a winner this year.

I would mince words, but this approach is much better.  Remember when Seinfeld’s George Costanza first met New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner?  George was very open with him about his feelings — and this was the turning point for the Yankees.  They won the World Series the very next year!  As much as I hate comparing myself to George, I’m taking a page out of his playbook and telling you that you need to get your act together. Let this be our “Costanza moment.”

See, as a Washington Redskins fan — I know hard times.  Some people say that I should feel guilty … that I’m actually lucky … that some teams never make it to the big game … that I should take solace in our past Super Bowl victories.

Nonsense!

The truth is that “our” past successes (these occurred when Jack Kent Cook owned the team, by the way) only serve to make us realize just how much losing stinks!  Sure, the Redskin’s make tons of money — almost as much as the New York Yankees — but for some reason that isn’t really cheering me up.

Mr. Snyder, as a conservative, I am happy you are making more money than any other NFL team.  I’ve got no problem with that.  But let me put it this way: In politics right now; there are a lot of people very angry about a lot of issues.  Football may be trivial compared to them.  But we football fans are a passionate lot. 

And it should be noted that the people who are angry have not endured as many bad seasons as we have.  Please don’t make me camp-out outside your vacation home next summer.  I’m begging you not to make me call for your resignation … again.

Mr. Snyder, my message to you this year is simple: Just win, baby!

Sincerely,

Matt Lewis
Angry Redskins Fan

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at MattLewis.org.

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