Some cities are calm about sports: Chicago's baseball Cubs haven't won the World Series in over a century, but fans still throng to Wrigley Field on sunny summer days and enjoy themselves. Washington mostly takes things as they come; fans were pleased when the baseball Nationals made the playoffs last year but not wildly upset when they didn't this year. The exception has always been the football team, the Redskins. This year they are having a truly awful year--they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday, 45--10--and that means the Monday morning sports pages are something quite special.
Red numbers on page 1 show some of the highlights.--151 for the number of rushing yards the Chiefs made--7.9 yards per carry, 6 for the number of times the 'Skins quarterback was sacked. But it's the headlines on the stories that really tell the tale.
One column's headline is, "We don't deserve this but they (the team and its owner, I think) deserve each other." Another, about the coach: "No longer whether he should go but when." Another: "A winter blunderland" Or "Special teams turn in a horrendous effort," or, "In all phases Redskins have a frightful game...."
And in bars today fans (ex-fans?) are no doubt reviving an old nickname for the team: the Deadskins.