Work stoppages have been very good to Redskins
Now that we’re in the midst of the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987, Daniel Snyder ought to be ecstatic.
Maybe this is the big chance he has been waiting for as owner of the Washington Redskins to guide them to success. After all, the last two times there was a work stoppage in the NFL, Ronald Reagan was President and the Redskins won world championships.
Of course, that was with Joe Gibbs at the helm. But the Redskins triumphed twice during shortened seasons. They rode Hall of Fame running back John Riggins to a title after the 1982 season in Super Bowl XVII. Doug Williams became the hero following the 1987 season in Super Bowl XXII after Gibbs had gone 3-0 with replacement players, including a victory over the Dallas Cowboys with former Tennessee quarterback Tony Robinson. The Cowboys had some star players who had crossed the picket line, and Robinson starred.
Depending on what source you use, Robinson or Ed Rubbert, another Redskins replacement quarterback, was loosely characterized in the movie “The Replacements” by Keanu Reeves’ character Shane Falco.
So, maybe, just maybe this is the year for Snyder and the Redskins.
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