The 0-5 record that the Redskins find themselves staring at reminds us that political turmoil is not the only topic on the minds of folks in the Washington, D.C. area. The gridiron gridlock that the three-time Super Bowl champions are experiencing has met with responses from the apparel world, with at least four T-shirts expressing dissatisfaction and two calling for a transfer of ownership.
Promo Marketing’s Philadelphia Eagles initiated fans’ misery exactly a month ago, racing back to earn a 32-27 home triumph over the Redskins. Since that tight affair and a 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, the Redskins have not come close to earning a win and have scored only 10 points in their last two games. They are facing the equally pathetic Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but even a victory over that winless franchise would likely do little to inspire any decent campaign, as the three teams they face after that hold a combined 14-3 record.
In other words, it’s time to realize that the Redskins are headed for their fourth-straight postseason-free campaign. And NFL analyst Adam Schein took to Twitter yesterday to promote a BreakingT shirt that declares “Sell the Team,” a statement that makes quite obvious the disdain that followers of the Redskins have come to nurture for owner Dan Snyder.
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) October 7, 2019
That shirt joins several others already available from BreakingT. As Eagles fans, our Schadenfreude in watching the Redskins flail is quite high, so we appreciate the messages on these shirts. The designs include “The Culture is Damn Good,” “Fed Up” (a play on the Redskins’ home field), and “Dear Ted, Please Buy the Football Team” (which we presume is a cry for current Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis to step in and flex his fortune). Available in the burgundy shade that the Redskins use for their home jerseys, the shirts are all going for $28 and might serve as a more fruitful use of money than the purchase of tickets to a game could be.
It can be excruciatingly tough for sports franchises to be winners for the entirety of their existence. In fact, no professional team with a relatively long history comes to mind as having escaped a rough period. Solid management decisions usually refuel resurrections for moribund organizations, so the “Sell the Team” sentiment could end up being the prevailing one if Snyder continues to field a floundering squad. As the losses mount, and they certainly will this season, we expect for BreakingT and other companies to lampoon the Redskins even more. While ridicule is seldom a sign of maturity, in the sports world, it could be a reliable source of micro-moment distinction, and the Redskins are quickly learning that their fan base wants change.