Chris Baker: ‘Fly Eagles Fly’

December 30, 2013

On the list of Redskins Problems this week, “tweets from Chris Baker” are pretty, pretty low on the list. Like, the ankle health of a third-string quarterback with no ankle problems is probably a more important matter.

That said, more than a few Redskins fans perked up their ears late on Sunday night, when the Eagles polished off the Cowboys to replace Washington as NFC East champs. That prompted this note from Baker.

 

Rooting for friends around the league is nothing new. Typing out the words of a rival’s fight song is perhaps less typical. I don’t remember seeing many Cowboys or Eagles tweeting any “Hail to the Redskins” messages last winter. As you’d expect, some of the fan responses were not exactly PG; Baker later responded.

 

Believe it or not, this was the second time Baker — a promising defensive lineman — had made Twitter waves on Sunday. Earlier, he attempted to start a #KeepShanahan hashtag.

 

That didn’t go over too well, either.

 

COLUMNIST HIGHLIGHTS
Three Washington Post columnists had Redskins columns in Monday’s newspaper, looking to the future. None were particularly positive, if you can believe that.

Mike Wise: 

It’s the offseason, Washington — The Dan Man’s Time.

When the games end, that’s when this franchise’s greatest moments under Snyder happen. The splashy hires, the glitzy signings, the hope that the new era could one day be as good as the old era, before he got here.

So go gas up that private jet. Go get that next coach to turn it all around.

Sally Jenkins:

The problem, and it has been the same problem all along, what’s chronically wrong with the organization, is that the owner would rather be a central figure on a losing team than a marginal figure on a winning one. He simply can’t live with being a mute observer. This means tension instead of efficiency. It means fractiousness instead of cohesion. And it means drama instead of success, year after year.

Jason Reid:

If the Redskins, after firing Shanahan, were to hire Griffin’s college coach, Griffin would be alone on an island in the locker room. He would appear to be running the team. With the long climb Griffin is facing, he doesn’t need an anvil on his back.

 

SAD PHOTO OF THE DAY


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

 

UGLY STAT OF THE DAY
I’m not sure whether the Redskins are in worse shape now than they were in 2009, as some people have argued. But I am sure that this season was historically bad.

 

A WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE SLUMP
Remember when both ESPN the Magazine and Sports Illustrated were doing D.C. renaissance issues?

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Stop the search: we’ve got the name for the commemorative DVD about the 2013 season.

 

SECOND SAD PHOTO OF THE DAY


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards are in Detroit at 7:30 on Comcast SportsNet. The Caps are in Ottawa at 7:30 on CSN+. Both teams are currently fifth in the playoff seeding and yet I ignore them entirely. Also, Navy plays Middle Tennessee State at 11:45 on ESPN. All radio and TV listings are here. 

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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