There is currently a renewed sense of hope within the Washington Redskins camp, but it hasn't been the easiest of journeys. Upon mentioning the title of this piece to a friend, I was greeted with a sarcastic response:
"How about every year for the last 10 years?"
That sort of blanket dismissal of the team has been commonplace around the league, with the dominance of the 1980s now faded into memory. There are numerous reasons why this is the case, but for sanity's sake I've limited it to 10 here.
There is an inherent problem with articles that carry the word "history" in their title, and that is the authors themselves. In order to accurately invoke the title, an author will have to reach prior to their own birth and pull events from there. This slideshow is no exception.
I've included recent embarrassments—as they affected me personally, and continue to do so—but there were also moments where I had to imagine the embarrassment of past Redskins fans and players, then gauge the event's numerical position from there.
The most painful part about that exercise was that it wasn't difficult at all.