The 2014 BSPYs

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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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Nice Apology Daniel Snyder

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By H. Jose Bosch

Last night Daniel Snyder apologized to the fans on behalf of himself and the entire organization, which is great because public apologies are worth ten points during a team’s next game and the Redskins desperately need to score more than 17.

OK, who are we kidding? There is no way the Redskins would score more than 17 even if they were spotted ten.

In case you missed it, Snyder broke his M.O. and spoke with reporters during the regular season. But this wasn’t a grand press conference set up in his office or at the team’s training facility. Nope. He made his announcement during a Redskins Charitable Foundation event announcing a partnership between the Redskins and Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Yes, leave it to Snyder to ruin a perfectly good charitable event to attract all the attention to himself.

Face it. The Redskins can’t even apologize correctly.

Not that Snyder shouldn’t be given credit for trying, but could you wait an extra day? Do you realize how excited the Prince George’s County Public School must have been to get eight high schools added to Washington’s “Fields For Tomorrow” renovation and maintenance program? But that’s not important enough. What is important is to use this photo op (with people from the community!) to show how much Daniel Snyder cares.

I realize that Snyder was doing everyone a favor by actually talking to the media during the regular season, something he rarely does. But unless the aforementioned apology improves the Redskins’ red zone offense, I’d appreciate he doesn’t use a charity event announcement as his podium to take responsibility for something we’ve all been blaming him for anyway.

Apologies are nice but action works a lot better.

Is It Time To Turn In Your Fan Card?

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By H. Jose Bosch

Leave it to the Redskins to not even play a game and still garner hatred.

Maybe the bye week gave the fans an idea of what a Sunday with good football looks like. Or maybe people just had a lot more time on their hands. Regardless, yesterday morning a new movement was set into motion that will likely have all of Redskin nation buzzing this week.

The debut of Braves on the Warpath! Oh, wait, sorry. That’s not it.

What I’m talking about is the “turn in your fan card” movement. What is this movement? Well, you can get all the details here, on the official message board of the Redskins, which is surprising considering you can’t even bring a sign honoring fallen players into Fed Ex Field.

The fan cards each have a message which reads in part (sic):

“This is my symbolic “Fan Card” for the Washington Redskins. I am returning this to the current ownership of a once proud franchise. Your actions since taking over the team have been unacceptable.

This gesture is a direct message to Daniel M. Snyder, and everyone else who works for the Washington Redskins. I WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS ANY LONGER! While you have already collected millions of dollars for tickets and parking this year. I will no longer purchase anything that will directly or indirectly put my hard earned money into your pockets.”

The full message is on the card. Fans are instructed to print out the card, and then mail it in to Daniel Snyder. Which is pretty much the same thing Jim Zorn is doing now.

The addresses of various media outlets, including the Washington Times, are included in the original post, so I will do my best to get someone from the Times to tell me if they’ve received a lot of cards as well.

We here at Braves on the Warpath neither support nor condemn the fan card movement. What we will say is that fans are in no way abandoning the team if they decide to participate in this symbolic gesture. It’s essentially booing on paper.

But we want to hear your story. Have you printed any of these out? Are you angry that fans would think to do something like this? Please go to my bio page and click the contact link to send me your stories. You can also leave a comment.

The best stories will be featured in their own post later in the week.

Oh, and we’re Braves on the Warpath (a brand new Skins blog at the Washington Times Communities. It’s a pleasure to meet you.