Monday, September 21, 2009

Redskins Don't Like Being Booed by Their 'Dim Wit' Fans

Redskins Don't Like Being Booed by Their 'Dim Wit' Fans

Jim ZornThe Redskins have a request for the fans who sat through their 9-7 victory against the Rams on Sunday. They'd like them to stop booing, no matter how many times uncreative offensive playcalling causes their offense to stall inside the red zone. An understandable request, but they may get a more positive response if they stop calling their fans "dim wits" when making it in the future.

That's what linebacker Robert Henson called the booers in a post to his Twitter account following the contest.
"All you fake half hearted Skins fan can .. I won't go there but I dislike you very strongly, don't come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!"
It's a bit confusing thanks to a missing comma, but we'll assume that he's actually calling the fans dim wits as opposed to calling himself and his teammates dim wits. A later tweet cleared up any confusion, however.
"The question is who are you to say you know what's best for the team and you work 9 to 5 at Mcdonalds"
Criticize Henson if you wish, but he knows what its like to watch the Redskins sputter their way to victory. He didn't play a single snap on Sunday, which meant he had the same vantage point as those who expressed their displeasure.

There is one significant difference, of course. Henson didn't pay his hard-earned money for the chance to watch the 'Skins struggle. No, Henson got paid for being there, which makes it much easier than, say, working at McDonald's. Other Redskins, like Chris Cooley, also criticized the fans for booing during the game but were able to get their point across without insulting them.

Henson apologized on Monday, reports Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, and his teammate DeAngelo Hall said that Henson isn't established enough to be sounding off on proper fan behavior. Hall, who has been around the block a lot more often than Henson, offered his own opinion about the boobirds.
"I'd have booed us too," Hall said. "I felt like booing us, with that [nonsense] we put out there. It was a win, but it was [nonsense]."
So, should the fans have booed yesterday? The feeling here is that when you buy the ticket, you also buy the right to express your opinion, without obscenity of course, whether it is positive or negative. The Redskins failed to execute yesterday, but it didn't seem to be from a lack of trying nor from a lack of caring about the outcome. That said, Daniel Snyder's team has eaten up a lot of goodwill over the last few years which probably contributed to the catcalls and it's hard to blame anyone for wanting to see more from their team on the field.

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