For those of you who missed it, my favorite NFL team of all-time is the Washington Redskins. (The Titans are a close second, but this year when they meet in D.C., I will be pulling for the Skins...)
Now, last night we played a meaningless pre-season game in which our first team defense looked really good, our first-team offense had some wrinkles and we lost Clinton Portis for an indefinite amount of time. And he's the guy they've pretty much built the team around...
I'm trying my best not to get depressed or worried about the season yet (in the same way I am after reading about the Vols' scrimmage the other day...) for any of my three teams. It's only August and we've still got a long way to go before opening day.
In looking at The Washington Post's Redskins section, I discovered they had an archive
of big Redskins victories, including the articles the day after our five Super Bowl appearances. Ah, the memories...both good and bad.
And then, I found a section that is all about the Skins vs the Cowboys over the years.
Now, many other NFL rivallries and pro-rivallries may try to say they're better, but they couldn't be more wrong. I mean, how cares about this silly Yankees/Red Sox thing when you've got the bitter clash of Redskins vs Cowboys. (Just to put some readers' minds at ease, there are college rivallries that are on the same level, if not better...for example UT vs Florida or UT vs Bama)
I doubt there are many teams that have been the thorn in each other's side more often than the Cowboys and Redskins. I love it and I loved skimming the archives, reading about how the Skins ended a six-game losing streak
to the Boys to go to our second Super Bowl in the 80's (I recall watching the game on TV. It was the year I fell in love with the Redskins and it made me a fan for life. I recall the entire city of D.C. and the suburbs shutting down basically for that game).
I recall the near perfect season in '91 when the Cowboys came in and handed us the first loss of the year. I recall the taunts of "We want Dallas" that erupted in the fourth quarter when the Skins clearly had the game in hand. Alas, it turned out to be Detroit, who we destroyed as well, before humilating the Bills in the Super Bowl.
As I've said many times, it's never too early to hate the Cowboys.
And my love of the Redskins and my undying dislike of the Cowboys is what makes me happy today...
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/14/2006 11:46:00 AM