Eagles vs. Redskins Tests Patience of Fans Everywhere on Monday Night

Kip ArneyCorrespondent INovember 15, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Fans of the Dallas Cowboys wear brown paper bags over their head as they watch the Cowboys play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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How much is too much?

How long can you watch?

If you're a fan of the Washington Redskins and you're at the game, how long are you going to stay inside the stadium before you say to yourself, I'm leaving so I can beat the traffic? And in the rain?

If you bought tickets to watch your football team and they were down 35-0 after one play into the 2nd quarter, would you throw your hands up in disgust and say, "I'm done."

Obviously there are different scenarios that would factor into such a decision.

If you have season tickets, you might be more willing to let this slide and come back next week with a clean slate. But what if this was your first game in 2 years because tickets are expensive and hard to come by for you?

I honestly don't know what I would do.

Let me clarify that I'm neither a Philadelphia Eagles fan nor a Washington Redskins fan. I'm a fan of competitive football. And this is not.

At this very moment, the Redskins have scored 14 unanswered to pull within 21 at 35-14 with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Personally, I'm a fan of Washington State University. And they've owned one of the worst football programs in the nation for the past four or five years. Last year they finished 1-11 and lost by an average of almost four touchdowns a game. The only game they won was an overtime victory against Southern Methodist by a score of 30-27.

Did I listen until the end of that game on radio? No. And I'll never forgive myself for it.

SMU had jumped out to a 17-0 lead and the halfway mark of the second quarter had not passed yet. So I flipped it off. And the rest is history.

17-0 is not 35-0 but for WSU standards, it might as well have been. And that's why I couldn't stomach listening to the rest of the game.

I couldn't even make it halfway through the second quarter.

And now I ask you, what is your patience level for your team? When does a lead become so insurmountable that you realize today is not your day?

And not just in football. All sporting events make fans ponder that question.

Are you a die hard who will watch your team go down in flames and stay till the bitter end?

I applaud you if you can. But still might call you crazy in the process.

And now it's halftime and the Eagles are leading 45-14. Have you checked out yet?