I went to a pre-Thanksgiving party this weekend. Shortly after the meal, we all took turns sharing what we were thankful for. This little exercise, though a little cheesy and awkward, made me pause and think over how I have been blessed in many ways. Most gluttonously, I get to have two Thanksgiving meals on Thursday. More football-related though, it inspired me to compile a list of Redskins things that I am particularly grateful for this football season.
The Titans wish they had this Moss instead
The first thing I am thankful for is the victory over the Titans. After being stuffed, basted, and cooked on national television last Monday, it was a relief to see the Redskins win. The best takeaway from this game though, might be that the Redskins did it with leftover players. Even one of the trainers was injured.
Monday Bloody Monday
The next thing I am thankful for is the Monday Night Massacre. No, I really am. At least, now I yam. If that game did not happen, I don’t think we would have won at Tennessee. Being cran-buried that badly gave the team something to rally around. I would have preferred something less dramatic, but I guess that’s what it takes to get something through the head of a 4-12 organization. Plus, McNabb got his second-helpings at Dan Snyder’s table that night and signed his contract. Pending the minutia, McNabb should be with the Redskins for a few more years and that is a good sign.
He looks good in orange... because orange is not burgundy
84. Is that the number of teams that have cut him?
Next, I am so thankful that neither Terrell Owens or Randy Moss is a Redskin. Early season mumblings suggested that the Redskins were looking into T.O. When Moss hit the waiver wire, the Redskins name came up. While they could certainly use a wide receiver or two, this has to be one of the best unsung decisions of the Shanahan Era: resisiting the temptation to gobble these players up. I must admit, in my weaker moments, I coveted having a receiver with as big a name as either of these two. However, this is why I am not a general manager for a football team. If I thought rooting for McNabb would be awkward, I wouldn’t be able to process having the man who was both an Eagle and a Cowboy at once in his career. Or the man who was a part of the most evil team in league history, the 2007 Patriots (the team that blew the Redskins out worse than the Eagles last week).
The hold heard round the Nation('s Capital)
Finally, I am thankful for Alex Barron’s ham-handed blunder. As this was the catalyst for the Redskins, I guess I really mean I am thankful for the way this season is going. Because of this late game holding penalty, the Redskins won their home debut against the Cowboys, as well as some self-respect. Because of this loss, the Cowboys would start on the road toward being the biggest disappointment in NFL history. I had a several heart-attacks that game but none as large as the one those 10 seconds caused.
This is what I am thankful for in regard to the Redskins. What are you thankful for? (besides the fact that I’m done with the Thanksgiving puns)