Christmas wishlist for Washington Redskins fans

Five things fans hope Santa can bring for 2014. Photo: The next generation of fans/AP

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2013 — A common movie plot throughout the holiday season involves a poor child who asks Santa for something much more important than a bike or a bee-bee gun. 

These heart-warming Holiday films usually involve some poor kid who just wants to be adopted or get his or her family back together. Redskins fans are kind of like that kid from the movies. They just want a respectable team. Last year, Skins fans nearly threw a parade for simply making the playoffs. They do not ask for a lot. It is never good when your fan base is akin to Tiny Tim.

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Here is a Redskins Fan Wish List, and here is hoping next year brings sanity.

Less commercials — Fans used to attend sporting events to get away from commercials. Not at FedEx Field. Everything from the opening kickoff to designated driver announcements seems sponsored by something. To make matters worse, the Redskins newly benched franchise quarterback has given the franchise QB name a new meaning. Being a franchise quarterback does not need to involve representing every major franchise on television, especially when your play does not back it up.

Defense & Special Teams — This might go without saying, but this team needs to improve in nearly all areas of defense and special teams. London Fletcher will be retiring and he can no longer hold down the fort. A complete upheaval may be needed at this point.

A quiet off-season — Perhaps this is wishful thinking, but can the Redskins actually go an entire off-season without getting the next big thing and just build a solid football team?

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Move back to RFK — Redskins fans are not too proud to admit the team is bad. Why has the front office not received the memo? There is no wait list. It died along with disposable cameras and MySpace back in 2006. So why not swallow some pride and move back into RFK stadium. Remodel it, cut down some trees. Do whatever you need to do, just get out of FedEx Field. If DC United and the US Men’s National Soccer Team can play at RFK, then the Washington Redskins can play there again.

Most fans probably would not even mind it if the Redskins profited from the endeavor by creating an HGTV reality show on how to refurbish an old stadium. If the Redskins moved back into a refurbished RFK, they would have a genuine season ticket waiting list again and, more importantly, history and tradition back on their side.

Make winning your favorite — In the hit holiday movie, Elf, there is a scene where Buddy the Elf is working at the Gibels Department Store. Buddy’s store manager did not understand Buddy’s weird Elf-like exuberance about Christmas. The Store Manager then looked at Buddy and asked him, “Why are you smiling?” Buddy replied, “I just like smiling. Smiling is my favorite.” The manager then said: “Make work your favorite. Work is your new favorite.” 

This excerpt from the movie Elf has been brought up because the Redskins need to make winning their favorite. Not marketing propaganda, not flashy superstars, not gimmicks, just winning. Just football. Make winning football your favorite.  

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John Heibel


Born in Southern Maryland, 34 years old, John Heibel grew up a Washington DC  sports fan, playing pretty much all sports. Heibel served in the US Coast Guard for 7 years and has two bachelors degrees.
The writer currently lives in Kensington, MD covering all DC Sports for Communities.

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