Robert Griffin III is young, successful, telegenic, convincing and likeable. Redskins fans are notorious optimists. And July is a long, long way from December.
This means that, as in many previous years, Redskins fans are brimming with thoughts of a .500 record, a run to the playoff, the start of something big.
And hey, why not? Teams come out of nowhere every year in the NFL. Being an optimist is a lot more fun than being a pessimist. All you have to lose is your faith, and you can’t take faith with you when you’re gone.
Still, it’s interesting to check in with the sort of people who don’t get caught up in hype, like longtime local columnist Rick Snider.
Last July, when Redskins fans were trying to convince themselves something or other about John Beck, Snider wrote this in the Examiner:
How will the Washington Redskins do this season? Maybe 6-10. Perhaps worse.
They were 5-11.
Snider is back this July, throwing out a Redskins season record before any other print media member that I’ve seen, and he’s again feeling pessimistic.
The Redskins are looking at a 6-10 season, give or take a win. Just like 5-11 last year and 6-10 the season before under coach Mike Shanahan. After squandering two years on has-been and never-will-be passers, the Redskins are all-in on rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. But Griffin isn’t Superman, even if he wears those blue tights under his burgundy jersey.
That’s about nine wins fewer than many Redskins fans would like to believe. And they told Snider as much in his comments.
“Your predictions are ridiculous,” one wrote.
“Interesting timing for this crap article,” wrote another.
“Typical negativity from the resident grouch,” wrote a third.
“Who made this fat guy a sports writer?” asked a fourth.
See? That’s optimism.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Ryan Zimmerman is torrid, and the Nats split a four-game set with the Braves.
Boz says the team’s run of injuries “must now qualify as biblical.”
Make sure you read Dave Sheinin’s terrific RGIII piece from Sunday’s paper.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT I
Deep thoughts from Wizards forward Trevor Booker.
If u choke a smurf what color does it turn?— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) July 22, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
Deep thoughts from Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.
What do you think of Fifty Shades of Grey?— DeJon Gomes (@D_Gomes24) July 20, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT III
Deep thoughts from former Postie Howard Kurtz.
Teddy Roosevelt loses prez race to Abe at Nats Park again. Looked rigged. There's even a website, Let Teddy Win.— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) July 22, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper on his ankle injury:
“Pain doesn’t really get to me much ...It takes a lot to take me out of the game.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in New York at 7 on MASN. The Orioles are in Cleveland at 7 on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Ted Leonsis on rookies: “The scrutiny on rookies is sometimes over the top and to be frank, unfair.”
Kristina Akra gets at least her fourth cold shower of this baseball season.
Less than a week after saying the Mets were baseball’s best team, Miguel Batista gets DFA’d.