I don’t think so, but Candus Thomson, one of the few sports reports remaining at the Baltimore Sun, seems to think the Skins be an appropriate professional stop on the Michael Vick comeback trail:
In a perfect world, disgraced quarterback and dog-fighting mastermind Michael Vick would end up working for bullying and clueless Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, allowing current quarterback Jason Campbell to tunnel out to a happier world.
There’s a couple of angles to this kind of remark. Looking beyond the snarkiness from a Baltimore writer to a D.C. based franchise, you can see that Thomson believes Vick deserves to suffer in a deserved return to football, and that there’s no better suffering place than the Washington Redskins.
If you’re Jason Campbell, that’s true; but it’s still a ridiculous proposition—even in humor.
If the intent is to rile up Redskins fans, this isn’t the way to go. Either Thomson wanted the Redskins to look bad, or Vick to look worse. Either way, there’s no reason to do so. Her post points to Vick deserving another chance, so why paint Vick into a bad situation with the league’s worst owner? Why advocate for him getting another shot at the NFL, but only if it’s in a situation that will likely turn out bad for him?
And what’s the need to point out that the Redskins are a horribly-run team? Redskins fans know it, and love them for it all the more. It’s almost like a weird rallying point for the fan base—the more the owner runs us into the ground, the more support they need from us.
Besides, it’s not like taking subtle shots at the Skins works well for Candus; he recently attended Game Two of the Caps-Penguins series in full red regalia, and was roundly booed by Metrolites.
So, for as much love as I have for the now-depleted Toy Department blog, it’s a post fail from Thomson. Although her running series on bringing down the striped bass black market is breathtaking.