Well I am not sure what he is afraid of either, but he does hang out with Tom Cruise. Hey, just sayin'.If Snyder ever really opened up and made himself accessible, particularly to the fanbase, he could totally change that whole dynamic. I'm not sure what he's so afraid of?
If one weathered, been to the top of the mountain and back again fan can offer his advice: hang in there, my young brother. Hang in there. None of us who were there could possibly have forseen the glory years before we were smack dab in the middle of them, at which point it no longer mattered, such was the magic and heady aroma of perennial, overwhelming success.I'm 21.
The best Redskins season I remember is probably 2005, and we weren't that good.
I'm generally a pessimist, especially with sports...and I just can't get excited about this just yet.
I know better, I know that this may just be another high priced failure for the team that I love so dearly.
I want it to work, I want us to win and be successful year after year but until I see it on the field I won't believe it.
Not sure I'm at the 'applaud' level yet either Sassy. More like giving begrudging credit for some steps in the right direction, and for absorbing a beating of fairly brutal nature and still making the decision to move in a positive direction...I'm not going to applaud a man for doing what he should have been doing all along. While I am going to give the new regime the benefit of the doubt, I am looking for results, not just overtures.
I've never been one to think Snyder is evil. He may be flawed, as all of us are, but evil should be reserved for the worst sorts of scum. But his image problem, as Boone correctly noted, is his own making. Imagine if John Riggins came out and said that Joe Gibbs had a dark heart. He would have been simply dismissed out of hand by some and vehemently rebuked by others. When he said it about Snyder, a lot of people wondered aloud if it wasn't, in fact, true. So much so that both Blache and Cerrato came out specifically to defend their boss against the charge that his "heart is dark." That says it all.
It's human nature to want to turn anyone in the public eye into some extreme caricature. That's unfortunate because even the simplest personalities are far more complex than we'd probably like to credit them. In Snyder's case, it's the one thing I think he truly has to 'own' - his seemingly impervious determination not to allow those outside of his inner circle to really get to know who he is. I think that's a near fatal flaw. It might be his nature, it might be a calculated move, I'm not sure what drives him to be so intensely private. But I think it's a mistake.
Fans of the Washington Redskins want to like their owner. They want to love their owner. They want to defend their owner. But he makes it very difficult to do that, because he's dead-set against letting anyone know who he really is.
I'll relate it to the 'war' the Redskins were engaged in with the Washington Post and other traditional media several years back. Rather than trying to create some media system that bypasses them or shuts them out (think 'Redskins Unfiltered', the acquisition of extremeskins, gobbling up radio stations, hiring talent away from your critics, etc...), the smart way to deal with your critics is to give them more access and to face them openly. If Snyder ever really opened up and made himself accessible, particularly to the fanbase, he could totally change that whole dynamic. I'm not sure what he's so afraid of?
So if there is a good percentage of fandom that's decided Snyder is 'the debil', I think Snyder himself is to blame for that.
That's an interesting comparison (might be a blog in there somewhere for you Goaldeje )...
I am not that knowledgeable about Cuban, but my sense is that he's much more of a maverick, thumb-his-nose-at-his-critics type than Snyder is. Cuban's unconventional style and brashness might have more to do with his fan popularity than just being accessible? I don't know. To me, Snyder's obsession with privacy just looks like paranoia and an obsession with control...it's harder to like those qualities...
Anyway, interesting thoughts...