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Old 11-28-2005, 12:18 PM   #16
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Re: I'm Done Watching The Skins This Year

here's my 2 cents...take it or leave it.

Expectations are always high for the Redskins, even thought it's almost been 15 years since the last Lombardi Trophy waltzed into our hearts. We go into training camp telling ourselves that we can't get too overconfident on this team. Then they go and win 3 games...which is the worst thing that could have happened. Expectations sore, people talk playoffs, and Kornheiser wants to start the bandwagon.

Then it happens...the Skins lose 6 of 8. Heartbreakers to the Broncos, Bucs, Raiders and Chargers, where we have the game in the bag, only to lose. Unfortunately, this is the same team that started the year.

Brunell is having a solid year at QB, Portis is going to get 1000 yards, and finally broke his TD curse. Santana Moss is solidifying himself as a #1 receiver. The defense, while not as good as last year, is still keeping the Skins in games. Carlos Rogers and Mike Sellars have emerged as key contributers, and LaVar is now in GW and Gibbs' good graces.

However, injuries, lack of improvement, and mistakes cost the Skins dearly. The turnover ratio is huge. A wet behind the ears QB beat the secondary badly. Other teams now know to blanket Moss and make Brunell beat them with the other options. Our defense, great at times, has hurt the Skins when it matters most.

Unfortunately, all these things happen. At 5-6, the Skins are by no means out of it. The Skins could still win the NFC East, but have to execute, and peform at a higher level. They are capable, but will they? Win out, and 10-6 may just get them in the playoffs.

It's your own preogative to either not watch or whatever, however, through thick and thin, Skins fans are Skins fans because they love the team. Hold your head high, and sit on that couch, bar stool, stadium seat, and cheer on the best goddamn football team out there.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:54 PM   #17
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Re: I'm Done Watching The Skins This Year

What's so depressing for me was that this was that season-ending game where hope finally disappears. Later this year than in past seasons, sure, but that just made the pang that much more intense. You know, you nurture these teams through free agency and training camp, you read about the practices and the new players and attitudes, you listen to the more vocal leaders earnestly communicate high expectations, you argue with friends about why the media expectations are too low, why they are just kicking Snyder when he's down, you trust in Gibbs, and although you maybe don't tell people so as not to look foolish, deep down inside you think that they could be really really good - that this could be, The Year. And then they break your heart. The bottom drops out. And a year's worth of emotional attachment fueled by a lifetime's worth of passionate fandom is suddenly left without an outlet. Its just like breaking up with a girl. Is that it, you ask? All that time invested and now its just, over?

Its a tough feeling that is only made worthwhile by the comparative high of winning. Unfortunately, us Skins fans have been getting shafted on that for quite sometime. But we'll be back next year and the year after that. Why I don't know, but that's just the way we are.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:58 PM   #18
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Now here's my thoughts:

This crap has got to stop. I go into every 4th qtr. just knowing we're gonna lose---and I hate feeling this way. So what if we did beat Denver, Tampa(God that still hurts)
Bay, and Oakland. Would we be a strong playoff team? Standings yes--actual gameplay NO!!! What has to be done? Do we start from scratch like the 49ers? Cause this rebuilding on the fly stuff aint working.... I get clowned on cause I like the skins every sunday, so what do you think the rest of the league is doing when they see the skins on their schedule.....You see Champ left, now why is that.....Here's a thought, move Lavar to DE.....We don't need high picks to have a successful draft. I want to see big ass 300lb linemen in camp next year. If they are around the mid 250's they better be fast....and mean!!!!!.....no killer instinct...I haven't seen a halftime adjustment since before the Giants game....

Now dont get me wrong, skins fan 4 life---but these past 15 years are killing me. I just had to vent and my CPU wont laugh back!!!
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:23 PM   #19
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i hope you are joking, i am not gonna question your fan(ness???,) because no way anyone on this site is not a fan, we have been a suckass team for some time now and we all stick with this team so don't worry about me saying you are a fair weather fan but why not just watch the games without playoffs in mind and enjoy, sit back. I wish i could do that, just not care and sit back but i just can't, i prolong my devistation as we are still statistically in it. Had we been out I could just give up and enjoy but being in it makes me have hope, just like all the other years, and that hope has always been broken.

Last year same f'n situation, we are in it(maybe) if we win out our last 5, no garantees but the way things are shaping out it seems as if we have a GREAT chance as long as we win out, we have 3 division games, 2 at home! and we must win it all. which two games do we lose, the two division games at home, in heart breakers and had we won them we would be in the playoffs. week 15 i gave up hope, it was in the middle of the cowboys game and we still had a shot with 7 wins, remember?, as long as TB won, they didn't they lost and that broke the season, i was devistated even though we had such a little shot. I said on the phone to vishskins "ok we are gonna beat dallas and i won't be too upset " and in that sentence the bomb to crayton goes up and i fell into a bigger whole of sadness. Maybe you should stop watching because that was one of my lowest points in my redskins history.

I hope we don't repeat that again, PLEASE DONT REPEAT THAT AGAIN. Some people, regardless of if they are die hard or just semi-fans, can say oh, oh well there is always NEXT YEAR, we will do what we have to in the offseason. I just can't do that, some people just can't do that, i can't sit down and not watch a game if we have a chance. We have a chance. We have to win 5 in a row, the bears are on a what 7 game streak the vikings on a 4 game streak, we can do it and there is still a fighting chance
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:11 PM   #20
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we still have a shot and 2 easier teams coming up... our schedule is really harsh, but we've figured out how to score in the red zone (unlike last year), but we still can't get 3rd and 2 on the ground. TE passes are the only reliable short yardage play we've got. We need to get that fixed,
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:23 PM   #21
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if we win only 9 games and one of those being the cowboys we will still have a chance to make the playoffs, in other words if we only lose the giants. ONLY IF

1. Cowboys lose giants, us and carolina(very possible, also KC is in there)--they go 9-7 and we have tie breaker!!!!

2. Falcons 3 losses to @Bears @Tampa @Carolina or Carolina---they go 9-7 and we have a better conference record!!!!

3. Vikings lose 2 to @Lions, Rams, @Ravens, Steelers or Bears---they go 9-7 we win tie breaker

4. Eagles lose to us-- we win tie breaker at 9-7

5. Rams lose to us-- we win tie breaker at 9-7


If all those things happen we make playoffs at 9-7 if we only lose to the Giants. If we lose to the boyz boyz can win out exept for the skins game and giants have to lose to philly and washington and we win tiebreaker or they could lose to KC or @ Oakland

EXTREMELY UNPROBABLE, i say if we only lose to the gints we have a 20% shot
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Old 11-28-2005, 07:33 PM   #22
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we still have a shot.true fans will not give up until all hope is gone.anyone calling it quits on the season now,good riddance,we dont want you no how
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:08 PM   #23
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we still have a shot.true fans will not give up until all hope is gone.anyone calling it quits on the season now,good riddance,we dont want you no how
meh some people just are "realists", some can't give up unless there is absolutly no statistical chance left, i think both are fans just different personalities
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:38 AM   #24
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we still have a shot.true fans will not give up until all hope is gone.anyone calling it quits on the season now,good riddance,we dont want you no how

Honestly, I'm one of the guys who is right on the border, I still think we can be 7-6 in two weeks and being seriously talking about playoff scenerios. I'll still watch the team no matter what, but I dont really care if people would rather do somthing else on a Sunday. Thats their personal choice, and honestly, if I didnt have the Sunday Ticket, I dont know if i'd go out of my way to watch this team until I knew they were gonna play a complete game. If someone is sick of getting their heart ripped out every week, i dont really blame em. Like BSB said, theres no way you're on this site and not a true fan. Not after the last 14 years.
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:26 AM   #25
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I'm NOT done watching the skins this year!
Every one that is or that has given up, please join the colts website now!
Colts are 11-0. Perfect to jump on a bandwagon.
For me I'm happy Gibbs is back and happy that in all but 1 of our 6 losses we've been in the game and made it competitive. Sure you can complain about the 4th Q offensive points or the refs, but can't people see? We're so much closer than we've been since he left. We have consistancy for the FIRST time in almost 15 yrs! We can play with ANY team (but the Giants so far!) Let's not give up on Gibbs, the Redskins or the future. Gibbs is no dummy. Sure he's not in the Superbowl on his second season, well not yet (even though remote, it's stilll a possibility). But he's made leaps and bounds in his second year. We are as true as a team can be in 2005 in the world of TO's and such. Keep the faith and GO SKINS!!!
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Old 11-29-2005, 05:23 AM   #26
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Agree, you are in field goal range and you tackle the guy from behind..nothing to do with heart, just dumb. Team needs to learn how to finish off teams at the end.
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:54 AM   #27
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Hey Folks - Cheer up, it ain't over yet. The Giants and Cowboys did us a big favor in losing and believe it or not the Skins are still in the hunt for the NFC east!!!!! One game at a time.

Btw - Living in San Diego now, it was tough to watch that game .... I almost skipped it cause I didn't know who the hell to yell for. I definitely didn't see any lack of heart by the Skins. They have all the fight in the world, and the Defense never, ever gives up. The offense still needs work though.
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:59 PM   #28
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Hey Folks - Cheer up, it ain't over yet. The Giants and Cowboys did us a big favor in losing and believe it or not the Skins are still in the hunt for the NFC east!!!!! One game at a time.

Btw - Living in San Diego now, it was tough to watch that game .... I almost skipped it cause I didn't know who the hell to yell for. I definitely didn't see any lack of heart by the Skins. They have all the fight in the world, and the Defense never, ever gives up. The offense still needs work though.
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:17 PM   #29
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Re: I'm Done Watching The Skins This Year

I am with the rest of you not watching anymore games. It is ruining my Sunday afternoons and I am in a bad mood the rest of the night. I will find out Sunday around 7 or 8 pm if we won by checking the internet and use my Sundays more wisely. It is the Christmas season and I am sure there are more worthwhile things I could be doing with my family rather than suffer through another 3 hours this coming weekend. If we win, I will be happy and if we lose, I will not have wasted my time or emotions on this team anymore! It is more fun to watch Indy anyway and they will win the Superbowl this year......everyone else is playing for 2nd place.
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:27 PM   #30
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I'm not ready to give up watching them this year, but I must admit that reality is beginning to dampen my enthusiasm. It may take one more loss before I throw in the towel, but I'm not there yet.

I keep waiting for this team to demonstrate the same belief in their own abilities that we seem to have on this forum. At one point early in the season, I think they were starting to really believe in themselves. Now, I see little evidence of that. When players no longer believe they can win, they won't win. Perception becomes reality and they stop putting out that little bit of extra effort that can make the difference between winning and losing.

God knows, the hometown crowd has done all it could to support them, but what they're lacking now they have to find from within. I just don't know if they will. There are certain players that have it (LaVar comes to mind), but many of the others I'm not sure about.
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