SNIDER: Commanders now winning off the field


It didn't matter much to the happiest crowd since RFK days that the Washington Commanders let another victory slip away. One that may cost them a playoff spot and would have been a big momentum factor entering the season's second half.

Dan Snyder is selling the team and it was like a liberation day at FedEx Field. At least, the half of the stadium with the remaining die-hard supporters while the visiting side was all purple-clad Minnesota Vikings fans.

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With the home debut of the black jerseys that saw long pregame lines at concessions, the new look gave way to euphoria at times. When Washington led 17-7, the crowd chanted "Heinicke" for the Rocky-like story of Taylor Heinicke that unfortunately ended with a killer interception. The crowd chanted "You like that?" at former Washington passer Kirk Cousins, who gained the final word with the 20-17 win for Minnesota.

But there were only mild "Sell the team" chants directed at Snyder's box. That seems like old news as potential billionaires vie for an expected $7 billion deal. Don't believe the disinformation of Snyder might only sell a minority interest. He's just trying to stay relevant until sailing off.

Snyder has no choice now. The Burgundy Revolution would boycott the home games and the NFL knows it. The league is tired of Snyder being a financial drain in boom times and backroom games are finally forcing a change.

That's good enough for fans. A 4-5 team with a sputtering offense undermined by offensive coordinator Scott Turner's poor decision-making (quarterback keeper on third-and-9 while throwing on third-and-inches?) may survive to grab the final wild card, but that means another mid-first-rounder.

The future is now once more for Washington. And, it's going to thankfully be a better one without Snyder. A new stadium at RFK is possible after politicians refused to give Snyder a blank check and canvas. Sure, nearby residents want more housing and commercial venues than a stadium. However, watch the incoming owner show how everyone rises with the tide of a new venue that can attract not just football games, but a Super Bowl, major sporting events and even a Taylor Swift concert. Lots of jobs, lots of money.

The team also benefits with a new owner because free agents and officials will no longer be scared to sign with Washington. Snyder's free agency move was scarce in the past decade and the glory days of signing Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith and Co. were 22 years ago. Maybe the next owner renames the team "The Primes" and gets Deion back as "Coach Prime."

Amazon Stadium? Welcome to the Jungle.

There are so many exciting possibilities with new blood rather than continue draining the life from the franchise. Darkness upon the land is finally ending. Winning games for now is just icing.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks.

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