Fast forward to this season and it is looking like the some fans at least are giving up on them.
The picture you see above is from a Walmart in DC. Yes, they are actually selling the apparel of their hated rival, the Dallas Cowboys, right next to some Redskins gear.
Now I am sure some folks will look at that and say no big deal. However, I'd like to ask them if they can buy apparel for other teams at their local stores. I can't. I live in Indianapolis and it is all Colts, all the time (except for Old Navy who offers a variety of regional and popular teams).
I'm all for stores selling whatever merchandise they want to. Fans could certainly use another option besides paying an arm and a leg online, but the last thing I'd expect is to see rival gear in a store. You would think that would be the last thing people would want to buy!
I guess since parents are starting to steer their kids away from RG3 jerseys it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. This comes from the Washington Post:
“Ooh, a lot of people are backing off from RG3 right now, a whole lot of people,” Smith said before Sunday’s game against the Giants. He said sales of Griffin’s $100 jersey had fallen by half in recent weeks, and he described how several young fans on Sunday came up to him with their parents and asked for a Griffin jersey, only to have Mom or Dad steer them to another choice.
“Nah, you don’t want that guy’s jersey,” he said, quoting a typical exchange. “He’s not playing too well, and who knows if he’ll play well again?”
This is a rough season for the 'Skins, but what the fans seem to be forgetting is that this kind of scenario is nothing new. Even had RG3 not been battling a knee injury--not to mention the abuse he's taken while playing this season--it is not unusual for a player's to struggle in their second season.
You know--the dreaded sophomore slump.
I get that you are tired of having a so-so team Washington, but gives these guys a chance. There is talent there. Mike Shanahan--or the next guy if they ditch him--just has to figure out how to bring it to the surface.
[H/T to BlackSportsOnline]