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Someone more intelligent than I once said that no one can make you feel like a victim without your consent. Every day, message boards are filled with outraged Redskins fans, who hate FedEx Field, hate not being able to take the Metro there, hate paying $25 for parking, hate not being able to take three spots up to tailgate, hate paying $8 for a beer, hate the 20-minute waits to get into the bathrooms, hate forking over thousands every year for a team that seems to hover between 6-10 and 8-8 every season, hate the incessant pitches during the game to get more out of their wallets, hate the drunks with the f-bombs every third word, hate the horrendous traffic getting out of the stadium and hate Dan Snyder for making them go through the awful experience eight times a year.
So why do we keep going back?
I don't enjoy any of the game-day experience; I only go because my son loves the Redskins and loves going to the games. It's like I love the idea of going more than actually going.
When I was a kid, you couldn't get tickets. On the rare occasions that someone who had tickets didn't go, and knew my father, and gave them to him, it was like Christmas. It was special. It felt special. That's why, when my dad scored a couple, I begged him to take me to see the St. Louis Cardinals at RFK on a Monday night, even though there was a monsoon outside. (We only made it to halftime; I saw Fast Eddie Brown's punt return for a fourth-quarter touchdown back home, on TV.)
Snyder knows this. He knows people romanticize the team, wrap their lives up in its history, which is why there's so much ambivalence about changing what is clearly an odious, racist nickname. It's hard to be repulsed by something you love so much. It's all entangled; that name meant time with your family on Sundays, and pride in your city, and something that you felt belonged to you that was (at least, then) wildly successful.
For African-Americans of my generation, it's even a dizzier ride; the Redskins were the last team to integrate, which made your parents hate them, and that nickname is to Native Americans what the N-word is to you, yet Doug Williams led them to a Super Bowl, which made you love them. You loved Dexter and D Green and the Fun Bunch. It's hard to walk away from that, even though Snyder's administration has given you precious little reason to feel things are going in the right direction.
There's never going to be a boycott. That would only happen if there were a few 2-14 seasons in a row, and Snyder spends too much in the offseason to let the thing go through the floor. There is just enough hope to fork over for one more year. We are Charlie Brown; he is Lucy, with the football.
Some people, I'm sure, think Pat Hill is crazy to still be a fan, after all the dirt that was done to her by the organization. I get her completely.
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