I was born in Washington, D.C. and have always lived within a few hundred miles of D.C. and the Redskins have always been my team. But they're stuck with The Curse of Dan Snyder, the worst owner in NFL history. Today in the ice and snow they sank to 3-10, clobbered by the Kansas City Chiefs 45-10. Overrated QB Robert Griffin III (who was miraculous last year as a rookie) was benched for the first time. Worst season in many years for the Skins, which is saying a LOT.
Ah, but 8 years ago my wife and I moved to north central Maryland (Carroll County) which is Baltimore Ravens territory, not Redskins territory.
And today the Ravens--playing at Baltimore in nonstop heavy snow and sleet and freezing rain--won the craziest game in NFL history! They defeated the Minnesota Vikings, who had many incredible and heroic plays.
I'm not sure it was the greatest game in NFL history, but it was damn sure the craziest.
At the start it was a defensive slugfest in bad weather. Baltimore led 7-6 at the half.
But after heavy snow turned to freezing rain and sleet in the 4th quarter, everything EXPLODED!
It was INSANE!
There were SIX LEAD CHANGES in the 4th quarter, caused by six touchdowns in a row.
FIVE of those lead changes came in the last 2:05 of the game! I doubt that has ever happened before.
Never has there been so many sudden shifts from exultation to despair and back in such a short time in a football game. Sick as I've been, I was standing up and jumping with excitement throughout the 4th quarter--as 7 or 8 inches of snow piled up outside, followed by a half-inch or more of ice right now and tonight.
Here's a link that's worth keeping: http://sports.yahoo.com/...
Incidentally, the Ravens still had a full stadium at the end of the game when they finally won a glorious (and insane) victory in the last 4 seconds due to HIGHLY paid QB Joe Flacco being just incredibly unflappable as always in a clutch situation.
In contrast, as several mocking articles on the Internet are saying, the poor Redskins fans (victims) had almost entirely abandoned the stadium by half-time.
Oh, and Ravens star Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has been mediocre almost all year, after an injury, played great. And star tight end Dennis Pitta, who was their best player in the playoff run last year, but had a rare hip injury in preseason this year, appeared today for the first time all year and was clutch in the 4th quarter, including one of the go-ahead TDs.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is noted for preparing his troops for bad weather in December. I wouldn't count the Ravens out this year for going all the way again.
But the Redskins are NEVER going to win a Super Bowl again (and they're one of the all-time greatest Super Bowl teams) until incredibly stupid owner Dan Snyder is gone, and probably until they change their name.