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Donovan McNabb's Wristband: Washington Redskins Media Battle Rages into Lockout

Pictured: No play-calling wristband
Pictured: No play-calling wristbandJim McIsaac/Getty Images
Josh McCainSenior Writer IMay 18, 2011

Last week on their local radio show on Washington D.C.'s 106.7 The Fan, the Sports Junkies broke the story that Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan allegedly asked quarterback Donovan McNabb to wear a wristband with the plays on them.

According to the Junkies and their sources, McNabb refused and it created one of many rifts between the coach and the quarterback.

Where this story has been big news on the station that broke it (The Fan) it has gotten little mention on their competition ESPN980, which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Communications.

I'm sure some people will be quick to point out that 980 isn't making a big deal about the story because it will make the Redskins look bad and they won't report anything like that because the Redskins owner also owns their station.

First off, that's not true because 980 is just as critical about Snyder and the Skins as any cynical Skins fan in D.C.

Secondly, I'm sure 980 is taking the same approach to this story as I am, and that is, who cares?

McNabb isn't going to be in D.C. much longer. The Skins will either work out some sort of trade for him when the lock-out is lifted or will just release him before the start of the season.

His alleged refusal to wear the wristband is as old as his benching in the last two minutes of the Detroit game.

It has zero affect on the team moving forward. I mean, had the Junkies broke this news while McNabb was still the starting quarterback for the Skins, or at the very least while the season was still going on, then maybe it would mean something.

However, the season is long over and we're in the middle of a lockout. At best, it's just reaching for something Redskins during this lockout, and at worst it's just another sports show in DC piling on the McNabb and the Redskins for another lackluster season.

Today it has gotten even worse with Thom Loverro questioning the credibility of the Junkies' source and the Junkies, along with their fans, firing back.

Again, who cares?

The season is over, McNabb will be gone, and I'm sure Beck or Grossman will have a trusty wristband on for Week 1.

I just find it funny for a station who claims they cover more than just the Redskins to be focused so hard on a no nothing Redskins story.

I'm not questioning the credibility of the story; after all, we never saw McNabb with a wristband and if he was struggling with the plays I'm sure Shanny mentioned to him that he might want to try wearing the one.

However I'm not so sure about all of the possible fallout that allegedly happened after the so-called refusal.

I just don't see the point of the story. All it does is just add one more notch against McNabb.

After all with his struggles with the plays a wristband could only help him, and his refusal to wear it makes McNabb look stubborn and more concerned with his image than with winning ball games.

So in the end this whole thing is just much to do about nothing.

However, I'm quite certain this isn't the last filler news piece to come from radio here in DC (be it the Fan or 980) during this lockout.

Because after all, there isn't a baseball team or anything to cover during the 2011 MLB season.


For more Redskins nonsense during this nonsensical lock-out, follow me on Twitter (@jomac006).

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