Washington Redskins: We Hate Dallas

Tom NataliCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins celebrates during the game of the Philadelphia Eagles on December 21, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Good for DeAngelo Hall. I’m happy that he went out and commented on Tony Romo’s injured ribs and Felix Jones' injured shoulder.

I don’t care if he’s giving the Dallas Cowboys bulletin board material nor do I care if Dallas players will be targeting him. While I think there is a level of professionalism each player should carry, this is a rivalry game.

This is a division game on “Monday Night Football." Another victory will give the Redskins sole possession of first place in the NFC East for the second week in a row.

There are thousands out there just like me who get plain sick just at the sight of that flamboyant star. It’s time to hate Dallas again.

I remember watching the NFL Network’s program “America’s Game: The Story of the 1982 Washington Redskins." The Skins beat the Miami Dolphins to win their first ever Super Bowl but for die hard Redskins fan out there, they know that was the season of “We Want Dallas."

The NFC Championship game was between the two division foes at RFK Stadium, where the fans started shaking the stadium yelling “We Want Dallas!”

Obviously the Redskins went on to beat Dallas and as I was watching this, I was given the impression that beating the Cowboys in the championship game meant more to the players than their victory against Miami.

To me that was incredible; beating your arch rival in the playoffs has a bigger meaning than the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.

As I continued to watch the special, Joe Theismann said something that got my blood flowing.  Former Redskins head coach and Hall of Famer, George Allen was preparing his team for a game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Allen taught his players to hate that stupid star on their helmet, to hate their flashy uniforms and to hate that condescending attitude with which the team presented itself.

At that moment, I had an epiphany.

I know I hate the Cowboys and I know my fellow Redskins fans hate them too, but it’s time for the Redskins themselves to go into Cowboys stadium with hatred in their hearts and the mentality that they’re going to pulverize them.

If any overly sensitive individual doesn’t like me to use the term “hate” then I’m sorry, but football is a barbaric and violent sport, to which current and former players will attest.

I hate Tony Romo, I hate Jerry Jones and I hate ESPN anchor Ed Werder, that annoying growth on the ass of that ugly looking star.

I’m sick of their bandwagon fans that have absolutely no affiliation with the city of Dallas, yet always have the response “I’ve liked them my whole life" or "I liked them even during the Dave Campo days.”

These people are not true fans and you can never get them to shut up. Go coddle yourself with your vintage Troy Aikman jersey and pick up a new hobby rather than heckle a real passionate fan base that sticks with their team through thick and thin.

Come to think of it, I want to propose a law that prevents bandwagon fans from running their mouths. All in favor?

I know I’m getting off topic, but I can’t control myself. It’s Dallas week on “Monday Night Football."This is a statement game where we can show the world that the Washington Redskins aren’t going to be pushed around anymore.

We’re sick of finishing last place and we’re sick of getting embarrassed on national television. Good teams have defining moments throughout a season.

There was a game over six years ago that featured Mark Brunell throwing two bombs that ended up in Santana Moss’ hands for touchdowns as they came from behind and beat the Dallas Cowboys.

Bad teams aren’t supposed to overcome a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter on "Monday Night Football." That season the Redskins finished with a 10-6 record and were a dropped pick six away (thanks Carlos Rogers) from reaching the NFC Championship game.

There was another game four years ago on Monday night when up and coming rookie LaRon Landry knocked the ball out of a receiver’s hands to seal a 20-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Later on, the Skins rallied after the tragic death of Sean Taylor and made the playoffs.

At the conclusion of those two games, I felt differently. I knew there was something special about those victories. Those were very emotional and physically draining contests that ended in Redskin wins.

I’m comparing those two occurrences to this game on Monday night. This will determine if the Redskins have that “it” factor. Only good teams have “it," where if the game is on the line, the team is confident that the job will get done, no matter who is called upon.

There is a fight to squads like that, they refuse lackluster performances and will put the team ahead of any personal statistics.  

So Washington Redskins, what’s it going to be? Are you going to smack them in the mouth? Are you going to execute in a hostile environment? Can you contain the best pass rusher in the NFL? 

Is this team for real or is the 2-0 start simply an illusion, tantalizing thousands of Redskins fans of what could be?

To a Redskins fan, there is nothing better than beating the Cowboys. Conversely, there’s nothing worse than losing to them.

So please do the city a favor and shut their annoying team and fans up as well as the abundant media propaganda that follows them.


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