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Chris Richardson

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His House, His Rules

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Dan Snyder has had enough. He doesn't want to hear your bitching. Well, you can bitch and moan all you want, just not with signs at Redskins home games. Save that noise for the call-in shows, because your opinion isn't welcome in Dan's house. Sure, Snyder's new rule is veiled in a "let's protect the other fans by not poking their eyes out" cloak of deception, but the truth is pretty clear. Dan Snyder doesn't want to see your complaints.

His house, his rules.

Is it a slap in the face of First Amendment rights? Sure it is, but the Redskins are a private organization with no shareholders to hold Snyder accountable, therefore, he can pretty much act with impunity, especially when it comes to petty things like "don't make fun of me" decisions. Oh, but wait. There are people that can hold Snyder's feet to the flame if they wanted to, and I'm not talking about Roger Goodell or his cabal either. No, I'm talking about the Redskins fans. If you want to bring change to FedEx Field, you have to start by emptying it out. This will speak much louder than any "Snyder Sucks" sign ever could.

Look, I know Washington fans are as supportive as any in America. You'd have to be to keep Snyder's house at capacity when you consider the putrid product he's putting on the field. Because of that loyalty, the only way Snyder will "hear" you is if you hit him where it hurts the most. Until you stand up for your rights as fans -- a completely subjective list, mind you -- Snyder will continue to act in a manner that suits him. Tailgating will continue to be castrated and fans will continue to be told to be quiet.

I understand the idea of not taking your frustrations out on the players. You want to support them and your team through thick and thin. However, if you want to combat these petulant, "LEAVE DAN SNYDER ALONE" rules, speak in a manner all owners will listen to -- with your money. If you run to the talk shows, spewing verbal diarrhea about the ownership being a joke, your voice will drown in a sea of discontent that's fighting to be heard by screaming in the loudest manner possible. That kind of chorus usually has little-to-no effect. If, however, you stop going to games, stop buying jerseys and related team apparel, Snyder will have no choice but to get the message.

Instead of complaining about how pathetic and thin-skinned Snyder's decision is, speak monetarily. As a bottom-line-matters businessman, he will have no choice but acknowledge your discontent. Hell, he might even fire himself if fans stay away from FedEx Field. And isn't that what you've wanted from the start? Isn't that the motivation behind writing witty phrases on cardboard placards? To bring change to a once-proud franchise? If so, save the insults and attack him where he'll feel it most.

By Chris Richardson  |  October 30, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  | Category:  Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I agree that its Irsa....i mean house and rules. he has ruined the Redskin brand and should suffer the consequences. maybe, we can get the other owners to let him steal this misbegotten franchise away to LA. he'd be more at home closer to Cruise anyway. just be sure that we get the same deal Cleveland did....new team...new ownership....perhaps one that includes Gibbs or a similar knowledgeable executive.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 30, 2009 1:32 PM

I agree that its Irsa....i mean Snyder's house and rules. he has ruined the Redskin brand and should suffer the consequences. maybe, we can get the other owners to let him steal this misbegotten franchise away to LA. he'd be more at home closer to Cruise anyway. just be sure that we get the same deal Cleveland did....new team...new ownership....perhaps one that includes Gibbs or a similar knowledgeable executive.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 30, 2009 1:33 PM

Um this is actually semi correct. Season Ticket holders entered into a contract. Snyder changed those terms without notification. Further snyder cannot restrict T-shirts (obviously non vulgar) or any other type of clothing that is non offensive. Even further, while he may own Fed Ex Field he is hosting a public event. He doesn't have an invite list, he sells tickets to the general public. Most of which as noted earlier were sold prior to him changing his policy without notification. Last, he uses public entities such as police and paramedics as well as public sidewalks and roads during gamedays. One could argue all of these things and have a very very strong argument that he is restricting free speech. This is completely different then if one were to enter someones home. People need to understand the differences.

Posted by: JDB1 | October 30, 2009 1:56 PM

Let's turn FedEx into a giant anti-Snyder sign:

http://fire-snyder-sign.blogspot.com/

Posted by: A1232 | October 30, 2009 2:11 PM

"Um this is actually semi correct."

Semi? ;)

Unless there's something glaring I'm missing, Snyder's actions are no different than a bar district having a dress code. Does it stink of implication? Sure, but your choices of recourse are limited.

I'm sure you could make it a First Amendment/litigious issue -- hey, it's DC after all -- but unless you got a quick injunction that couldn't be overturned, it would be a waste of resources.

And Snyder's are bottomless.

So yeah, if the hardcore Skins fans stay away, he'll have no choice but to address his ways. Until then, it's his iron fist.

Posted by: IFChris | October 30, 2009 2:46 PM

I am one of those hardcore fans. I am 37 and I have missed about 5 home games in 25 years. I left Monday's game with a hurt heart. Not because of the loss, because of the way we were treated at the game. Section 216 and I were told to sit down and shut up by the fedex ushers and Prince George's finest! also about the fake way they get fans to sing Hail to the Redskins.

I could go on and on, but here my resolution to supporting MY TEAM, without supporting Daniel 'iron fist' Snyder.

I will continue to tailgate at a non-synder pay lot. I will not buy a thing in that stadium. I will not listen to any red zebra stations or buy any products from there sponsors. I will wear my Save Our Skins T-shirt at all games and continue to boycott any products that supports the 'Iron fist.'

Posted by: mwig | October 31, 2009 9:22 AM

Danny Snyder's Redskin organization is his very own fiefdom with the fans his revenue producing vassals.

Whatever Lord Snyder decrees his fans must obey.

There, did I get that right?

Posted by: m_calingo | October 31, 2009 2:26 PM

If you're trying to turn the tide against the Post you might just get there by calling legit angst "verbal diarrhea". The problem with boycotting is that the tickets are already sold and will be no matter what we do. The team will sell out games to opposing team fans- hell it'll openly court them.

So boycott the official tailgate, boycott concesions, boycott official merchandise, show up at the game with tee shirts, hats and loud voices criticizing whatever you want and hopefully the Post will keep doing its job by reporting the legit discontent instead of diagnosing us with running off at the mouth.

Posted by: LarryBud | October 31, 2009 11:08 PM

Redskins fans, armed forces memebers & their families, anyone with a sense of fairness:

DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH THE
REDSKINS.

That is the only way to get Dear Leader's attention. Hit him in the wallet (um, I mean, the heart in his case)!

Posted by: jcpublicmedia | November 2, 2009 9:48 AM

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