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Inhaltsangabe: The best history of the Washington Redskins has gotten even better with this new updated edition. Now you'll find: An Expanded Introduction by the inimitable Tom Boswell A New Chapter on the Snyder Years by Liz Clarke and Mark Maske New Color and Black-and-White photos Updated compilations of all the Games and all the palyers since 1937 A New Trivia Quiz to test how much you really know

Indeed, You'll find lots about the home team in this book that few know well or at all. Are you familiar with the great Redskins team captain whose playing career ended when he injured himself running off the field after a coin toss? Can you name the head coach who had the best winning percentage in Washigton Redskins history (no,it wasn't Joe Gibbs) and which had the worst? Do you know which players made up the Papoose Backfield? Or the Washington coach who invented the screen pass? You'll learn about this and much more:

How legendary quarterback Sammy Baugh got the name "Slingin' Sammy" from playing baseball, not football

The innovations and bigotry of George Preston Marshall, the last NFL owner to intergrate his team and the one who had "Dixie" played before games

President Nixon's 1971 play-calling suggestion for a key playoff game that the Redskins lost

Auszug. © Nachdruck mit Genehmigung. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.: Tales of the Faithful Fan By Thomas M. Boswell

My father, who jokingly described himself as "a fifth-string quaterback, but on a championship team," moved to Washington in 1937. He found it easy to remember the date: It was the first year the Redskins also moved to town and won their first World Championship to boot.

For nearly 60 seasons, from Sammy Baugh through Sonny Jurgensen to Joe Gibbs, my mild-mannered dad, the government librarian and artist, turned into a tiger on Redskin Sundays. Though hardly a sports fan at all, he was -- like countless Washingtonians -- utterly devoted to the Redskins. Taciturn to a fault, he'd talk about the team with people to whom he otherwise would never have spoken.

Like many men who'd come up hard through the depression and World War II, he seldom showed emotion. Except when an open Redskins receiver dropped a touchdown pass. Or an official blew a call. The he showed so much "emotion" that my mother would come in from the kitchen and say, "Paul, someday I'm going to come in and find you dead on the floor, all because of the silly Redskins." Then she'd sit down and watch, too.

Passionate about politics, my father made only one blanket exception. Redskins coaches -- providedthey were winners -- could be as Republican as they pleased. He adored George Allen, with whom, I like to think, he migt have disagreed on every subject except The Team.

For a lifelong Washingtonian, the Redskins creep into every corner of your life. I first met my wife in the old Duke Ziebert's restaurant. She doesn't know it (yet), but the first time I looked at her face, The Super Bowl trophy, which the Redskins had won the previous season, was just a few feet behind her in the glass case where it was displayed in those days. She particularly piqued my interest when she said "who is this Joe Theismann?" Of course, I knew my Redskins trash can would no longer be part of the decor.

When our first son was born, it didn't escape me that the Redskins immediately won the next Super Bowl. He's already a huge fan, and, by Washington birthright, an ardent critic. By the time he was 12 and the team started a season 0-7, Russell pleaded, "come on dad. Make them fire Norv Turner." When my son is my current age, our family will have been Redskins fans for 100 years.

You see, in the Washington area, we inevitably mark arrivals and vital meetings, births and marriages, perhaps even deaths(or at least jokes about them) with the Redskins. The team is the itinerant town's one trans-generational referance point. All over the world, millions assume that people who live near The Nation's Capital measure time by "the Kennedy Years" or "the Reagan Era." Not much. Not regular people. But plenty of us refer to the Gibbs years or the Allen Era or perhaps, if things work out for the team's new owner, the Danny Days.

In reading this book, though, it's important to keep in mind that before there was a Joe Theismann, Doug Williams or Mark Rypien in the Super Bowl, there was Al Dorow, Ralph Guglielmi and Norm Snead. Before there was John Riggins, Larry Brown and Earnest Byner, there was Johnny Olszewski, Joe Don Looney and Don Bosseler. Before there were smurfs, Hogs and The Posse, there was the Papoose Backfield. Before Vince Lombardi, there was Mike Nixon.

The history of sports franchises, even distinguished ones, seldom resembles a glorious, upward-slopingline. Instead, a team's progress often looks more like a sine curve, oscillating slowly over the decades. What goes up not only comes down but often stays down for a while. When it does, you should know what it is that you love and why you love it.

Long before the days of Redskins glory under Allen or Gibbs, there was a solid quarter century of ignominy under 10 different coaches. Some of us grew up in those spinach days, when the Redskins had dismal records like 4-12, 3-13 and 6-10. Ooops, sorry. Those records were from the 1990's. Actually, the Redskins of my son's formative years weren't much different from the Redskins of my childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, when Washingtonians loved a team that was never good enough to break your heart but sure taught you how to kick the TV.

When you first fall in love with a team when it's bad, or even mediocre, you fall hardest. The glory days merely cement the bond. I'm actually glad that, in the first six years that my son and I watched Redskins games together, they never made the playoffs and, all told, lost 23 more games than they won. Some of us know how we got where we are as fans. For better or worse - and with Dan Snyder in charge, it sure looks like better in back - the Redskins are ours. We like it that way. We don't "hail" tham so much as we have inhaled them since our childhood. When they're bad or bizarre or even boring, they're still as much ours as family. And they finally do get back to the Super Bowl, when they draft stars of the future like Champ Bailey, Jon Jarsen, Lavar Arrington and Chris Samuels, we feel doubly exhilarated. We weren't just on board from the beginning of the golden days. We were there before the beginning.

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