And, “Does the owner really think I can’t see through this charade, how turning complex issues into simple-minded, focus-group questions just helps his myriad causes, including: tying his likability to Robert Griffin III’s; firming up support for the team’s embattled slur of a name; and the continued, distorted belief that this newspaper conspires against him daily.” (It’s actually just once a week.)
Upon further review of the survey, though, it’s time to cut Snyder slack. While still insulting the intellect of most mammals, the one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other quiz asks valid, unbiased questions about fan experience. More important, this was a marked improvement over an earlier, more strident version of the team’s survey, which came with my one-time NSA subscription fee:
1. Which of the following statements from the team would give you the best feeling about the future of the franchise:
●We’ve had some rough years, but we’ve also been to the playoffs recently with a very exciting quarterback who wipes clean any of our impulsive, wrong-headed decisions the past 14 years. We want to thank you in advance for forgiving us and concentrating on Robert Griffin III and the future.
●We’ve made some mistakes and probably should have asked you what you thought when we were 4-12 or 5-11. But RGIII heals all wounds, doesn’t he? So we’re excited that you’re excited and, again, ask that you focus on RGIII and the future.
●We believe in accountability. We just don’t understand why you keep bringing up our coach leaving the future of the franchise in the game with one good leg this past January. Did we mention he was never hurt on an actual designed run? Focus. Robert. Future. Got it?
2. Which of the following team slogans makes you the most excited about the 2013 season?
●Robert Gandhi III
●RGIII Passion, RGIII Pride
●No Rehab, No Diamonds
●We Will Call Ourselves What We Damn Well Please
3. Which of the following would you say best describes what makes our fans unique?
4. How would you rate the coverage of our franchise in The Washington Post?
●Not nearly as objective and newsworthy as Larry Michael
●Very unfair toward Daniel Snyder and, in general, humanity
●The Post still prints?
5. Which of our traditions do you like the most?
●Old men putting on dresses and pig snouts at games
●Our way-cool song that we know unifies Burgundy and Gold Nation and other, lesser-known tribes
●Offensive linemen of grit and character who played when Reagan was in office