November 04, 2009
Maybe it's not fair of me since I've never met the man, but when I think of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, I think of a Napoleonic power-monger rampaging irrationally through Redskins park like a child denied a new toy. I picture him screaming, breaking things and crying while sitting in a corner and making emotional decrees that have nothing to do with rational, long-term thinking. That's just me. That's how I picture it.
Yesterday, though, Snyder went to a local high school to announce a charitable project to renovate high school football fields in Maryland. After the ceremony, in which he was greeted cheerfully and politely, he stopped to talk to reporters.
Now witness Dan Snyder, live in his natural habitat, seeming like a real person: vulnerable, remorseful, and semi-responsible for his actions. It kind of feels like watching Planet Earth, where they've discovered something rarely seen by humans before.
See, if he was really like the person I envision in my head, when the marching band got close, he would've have turned around and screamed to the band director, "HEY! HEY! PIPE DOWN RIGHT NOW, OR I WILL HAVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR BRASS INSTRUMENTS MELTED DOWN AND SCULPTED INTO A LIFESIZE STATUE OF JACK KENT COOKE, NUDE, SLOBBERING ON HIMSELF AND WEARING A DIAPER. Ahem. I'm sorry miss, you were saying?"
It was smooth of him to avoid the topic of the ban on signs, but that's easily overlooked in the bigger picture. He was almost like a real human being here. One that's destroying a franchise, sure, but still real, and at least sorry about it. I think that's a big step for him.
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