Why Redskins Fans Have No Place On Baltimore’s Bandwagon
- Updated: January 28, 2013
Last year Washington Redskins fans decided for whatever reason, that it was acceptable to cheer for their division rival and the eventual Super Bowl Champion, New York Giants. Now, a year later, they are doing it again with what some consider to be a cross-city “rival.”
Whether you believe the Baltimore Ravens are or are not a rival, you should not be cheering for them if you are a Redskins fan. That’s not because they are from Baltimore, that’s not because their head coach continually tries to claim Washington, D.C. as “Ravens Country,” it’s because you are a Redskins fan.
It’s become slowly apparent over the last couple of years that being a 50:50 fan is now acceptable in some people’s eyes. Whether that’s because more people are becoming sore losers and need a second team to be their “winner,” or because fantasy football has become much bigger and fans attach themselves to certain players and their team.
Whatever the reason is, it’s bogus. You don’t cheer for two teams, you cheer for one and you stick with them through thick and thin.
How many times did Washington Redskins fans cheer for the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs during the 1980′s? How about the then Baltimore Colts? It never took place because Redskins fans then only supported ONE team. The Washington Redskins. They knew what being a true fan was about.
Perhaps the losing over the last couple of seasons has managed to confuse Redskins fans as they hadn’t seen positive outcomes for years. Now, the Redskins have a team that appears to be groomed to make consecutive playoff pushes, which should send the team deep into the playoffs.
However because the Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens fans want them to win so they can claim “they beat the Super Bowl Champions,” as if the Redskins would receive some sort of trophy for that feat.
Redskins fans love to talk about tradition, about history, and about the passion, yet when you read about this not one place will you find where it says you should support your division rivals in the playoffs or the team down the road when the Redskins are out of it. That’s because there isn’t room for flip-flopping fans in Redskins history.
There are shirts all over the city that say things such as, “Win or Loss, I’m a Redskins Fan till the End,” and, “I bleed Burgundy and Gold.” How can one bleed burgundy and gold when they are wearing the colors purple and black?
Fans need to take a long hard look in the mirror and remember who they support. This isn’t 50:50 country, this is Redskins Country. You either support the Redskins or you don’t.
As Rev. Redskin said in the offseason, “the ship is sailing, and if you aren’t on the ship now, don’t jump on the ship later.” You are either with the Redskins or you aren’t. Otherwise enjoy being lower than a Dallas Cowboys fan.