Thomas Boswell says Redskins aren’t part of ‘national sports conversation’

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The Washington Redskins, despite their controversy and drama on and off the field, continue to dominate the local sports market.

Will the Washington Nationals, who own the second-best record in Major League Baseball, be able to start taking over the conversation? Well, it appears that has already happened on the national scale, Post columnist Tom Boswell says.

Boswell waded into the subject in his weekly chat Monday, saying that the Redskins “aren’t part of the national sports conversation at all (except for the nickname.)” He added that on a national “news judgment” scale, the “Nats are a 90, the Skins a 10.”

Here’s Boswell’s full response:

You’ll notice I’m answering questions about the 75-54 Nats before questions about the Skins who have averaged 5-11 in their two years under both Spurrier and Zorn and the same 5-11 in four years under Shanahan. And they sure look like a 5-11 team now. The Skins aren’t part of the national sports conversation at all (except for the nickname) and they seldom have been for more than 20 years. Year 1 of RGIII was the huge exception. But people outside DC have moved on from that. Griffin looks like this is his rookie-year exhibition season as he gets swamped by the adjustment from college QB to NFL pocket passer. In other words, he looks lost. But, since this is a rebuilding year, you spend it finding out what you can build with him since you traded away three No. 1s and a No. 2 to move up only a few spots in the draft to get him.

The Nats, on the other hand, are now one of the significant national sports news teams of the next 6-to-9 weeks.

On a national, not local “news judgment” scale of 0-to-100, the Nats are a 90, the Skins a 10. On a local scale, for a normal U.S. town, the Nats would be a 95 and the Skins a 50 (until they, you know, win one regular season game), because the NFL is huge.

DC isn’t normal. But, in two years, I bet the balance is more normal. And maybe the Wiz can also get their due.

Boswell, in a response to a later question about the Redskins dominating sports-talk radio, said that this may be good thing for the team.

I seldom listen to sports talk radio. When I stumble on it, it’s almost always Skins and almost always comical, like some hick berg with an SEC football power in its lil’ town obsessing 24/7/365 over the latest collection of scholarship muscle heads. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve lived here all my life. I get it. It’s a D.C. tradition. Leave it alone. If the level of commentary on the Skins — every year 11-5 is predicted and talked up, every year 5-11 is delivered –is any indication there’s absolutely no loss to any other local team in being ignored. It might even be an advantage.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.



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