The Redskins have had decades of mediocre quarterbacks. List them all to a Washington football fan and the reactions will vary from remorse (Tim Hasselbeck) to shame (Jeff George) to despondence (Heath Shuler).
There’s only one name in that particular group that elicits any kind of positive, or at least sympathetic, emotion.
“I have no idea why I root so hard for Jason Campbell. One of life’s mysteries,” tweeted Dan Steinberg last night, after Washington’s former QB of the Future, now with the Bears, replaced a concussed Jay Cutler in the second half of a 13-6 loss to Houston. (Note: Steinberg is decidedly not a Washington football fan, but has spent more time than most obsessing over the minutia of disastrous Redskins campaigns. Close enough.)
Steinberg’s sentiments were echoed by D.C. sports fans, some of whom attempted to explain and others who were equally confounded:
Glad to see I’m not the only Redskins fan constantly surprised by his continued love of Jason Campbell.
— Chris Chase (@chaztopher) November 12, 2012
@dcsportsbog nice guy who got a raw deal?
— Lisa Iannarino (@LPags03) November 12, 2012
@dcsportsbog he fights his guts out, that’s why
— Dan Magaha (@dgackey) November 12, 2012
@dcsportsbog I’ve always liked him too for some reason.
— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) November 12, 2012
@dcsportsbog The fact that so many Redskins fans still cheer for him makes me like him even more. It’s very sweet.
— Maggie Hendricks (@maggiehendricks) November 12, 2012
@dcsportsbog Because he is professional – treated like crap by the fans/Snyder/Coaches in DC, yet never once complained – a good person.
— Matthew (@hokieguru) November 12, 2012
So yes, we’re all rooting for Jason Campbell. No hard feelings. He wasn’t “The One,” but we wish him the best. Are you still rooting for any other former Redskins playing elsewhere in the league? Leave a comment below and tell us.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
*D.C. will need to win by two next Sunday at RFK Stadium just to force overtime and have a chance to salvage the season after a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo to open the Eastern Conference finals.
*Nene opens up about the frustrating foot injury that has plagued him for nearly 11 months.
*Norman Chad stands up for the nerds of the NCAA.
*Exciting times for Maryland men’s basketball.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
D.C. United’s Lionard Pajoy yells at Houston Dynamo’s Corey Ashe after being called for a foul during the second half. (David J. Phillip/AP)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
United Coach Ben Olsen, on a non-call late in the first half Sunday:
“What do you want me to say? You know what I mean? WHAT can I say about it? Everybody in the stadium, everybody on our bench, everybody on their bench, everybody at home saw that it’s a red card.”
TWEET OF THE DAY
(Go read them all. The kid is good.)
The following series of tweets are dedicated to all the men & women who have served our country & allowed stories like mine to be heard
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 11, 2012
HOLTBY’S NEW MASK
The Caps goalie, playing down in Hershey, has a sweet new mask. It features the Capitol, the Alberta and Saskatchewan flags, “Carpe Diem,” some Japanese characters…basically all the tattoo cliches you regret when you’re 40.
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE CAME TRUE
Yahoo’s fantasy football site was out yesterday at the worst possible time, and the outrage on Twitter was kind of hilarious (sorry). Here’s an extremely apologetic email sent to users this morning by the head of Yahoo Sports:
Dear Yahoo! Fantasy Users,
I want to sincerely apologize to all of you about today’s Yahoo! Sports Fantasy outage. As the head of Yahoo! Sports and as a Yahoo! Sports fantasy player myself, I am disappointed that we failed all of our fans today. Our first priority is having the best experience for our users, and today we fell short.
The outage started around Noon ET (awful timing we know) and while our team was on it immediately we are still working on various pieces. Our team is continuing to work on identifying and resolving the root cause. We have restored full functionality on the website, and we’re working for a final fix for our mobile apps. Currently data and scores can be viewed but for now you cannot make transactions or change line-ups from the apps.
We will also use today as an opportunity to improve our set-up so that we hopefully never have an outage like this again. Our fantasy commissioners and players are our biggest priority – we pride ourselves in being able to offer our users with the best fantasy sports experience possible and we take our job to deliver that to you very seriously. Rest assured we will work hard to make sure we continue to deliver on that commitment.
Thanks for playing with us and your patience today,
Head of Yahoo! Sports
VOLLEYBALL IS VIOLENT