Say what you will about the folks over at ExtremeSkins, the Official Message Board of the Washington Redskins — that they’re fanatical, that they’re overly optimistic, that they’re tough to please, that they’re excellent cooks, whatever — but there are two facts about them that are indisputable:
1) They are dedicated, enthusiastic fans of the team.
2) They are fiercely loyal — to the team, and to each other.
It’s that last loyalty — to one another — that’s on display now, albeit for sad reasons: longtime ES member and curator of the board’s Breaking News section Bubba9497 passed away. ES moderator Art Mills writes:
Years ago, Bubba was dubbed the king of all media by the staff at Extremeskins for his tireless efforts to capture all news items related to the Redskins and chronicle them on the site’s Breaking News section. Long before Google sent alerts to our inboxes, Bubba was tracking everything Redskins for every Redskin fan who frequented the site.
Though never officially a member of the staff at Extremeskins, Bubba’s passion for the team and constant presence on the site typify the level of committment to and love for the Redskins that makes Redskin fans the best in the NFL.
Bubba’s last activity at Extremeskins.com was March 15, 2010. Concerned fans who knew Bubba would never be away from Extremeskins for long have confirmed their friend passed away last month.
While this is immensely sad, it has also prompted a warm-hearted and authentic outpouring of sympathy in the ExtremeSkins community, in the form of a condolences thread that currently stretches to 30 pages. And all shouting about Jason Campbell’s suitability as a QB or potential trade locations for Albert Haynesworth has been stowed in favor of what’s really important.
My sympathies go out to Bubba9497′s family, and all his extended family at ExtremeSkins.
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