One game, at home, for the division, against our most heated rival the Dallas Cowboys. This game is HUGE.
OK just kidding, it’s huge. I’m new around here at HTTR24-7, so I thought I’d slap that one on you for the shock factor. Of course this is a big game. But it’s not as big as you might think.
Looking forward, with our sights set on a division crown, a home playoff game, sending the Cowboys home 8-8 and clouded with uncertainty, the moment absolutely seems as big as it gets.
But if we look at it backwards, Benjamin Button style, from 10 years down the road, this game may not turn out to be all that memorable. There could be multiple Super Bowls, Conference and Division titles, come back victories and broken records. So many W’s, accolades and highlights that our heads explode.
Consider what RGIII had to say about this monster Sunday Night affair:
“It’s another game that we have to go out and win. Every moment in your life is the biggest one at that time. But, we look forward to having many more.”
While a part of this is just player speak, by a guy who seemingly always says the right thing at the right time, a part of this is also how the fan base will begin to see this team. With so many big moments ahead, this is a fan base that will grow to expect the big moment.
We as fans have clearly had it rough the last two decades. In addition to all the losses and high profile busts, our most exciting player in forever was ripped from our grasps before he ever really got going. This is a fan base that cherishes every victory, every game, every morsel of positivity that it can. We are not Steelers fans. We don’t expect success.
But now, with arguably the most talented young QB-LT combo in the league (you saw the Blind Side, you know how important those two positions are), a stud rookie RB, an explosive group of wide receivers, a rookie kicker I’ve never actually seen miss and a defense that is secretly filled with young pieces, this team is poised to transform a scarred Redskins fan base into a snooty one that expects rings.
In life and in football, obviously nothing is guaranteed and anything can happen. But this team, led by the Shanahans, Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder, is heading in a direction that could seemingly change our perception of this team for good. Redskins fans will soon wake up in the morning with the same happy thoughts Patriots fans have been waking up with for the last decade-plus with Brady and Bellichick.
I am not suggesting we are a lock for multiple rings under RGIII, I am merely suggesting you may look back on this game 10 years from now, scratch your head, and say:
“What game was that again? I can’t remember because my mind is so clouded with all the happy times for me as a fan, due to dominance by the Washington Redskins.”
“Oh yeah.” You’ll say.
“That was just the beginning.”
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