Daniel Snyder Is Rooting For The Caps

Posted by Matt Terl on January 11, 2011 – 3:50 pm

One more note from today’s Big Ol’ DC Sports Owners’ Summit at the Washington Post….

Just after the Caps clinched the Eastern Conference title last year, I linked to a post on Caps owner Ted Leonis’ blog where he mentioned receiving a note from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. And from that I found myself musing on how nice it was to see the lovey-dovey relationship between the players on the local teams, and how it was even just as cool to see the owners get into the act.

Well, they continued along those lines at the Q&A today. It started early on when Snyder was asked if the owners exchanged any advice about ownerdom in D.C.

“I think it’s not as much advice as that we are all rooting for each other,” Snyder said. “And one of the things that I as a Washingtonian — lifelong — recognize is that the city needs winners. The city needs the Redskins to win, but also this year, we hope Ted wins it this year for us. It really is in need of our teams to perform, and I think it’s important to the community and I’m looking forward to it.”

Leonsis returned the favor a couple of questions later, when the owners as a group were asked what they admired about the other teams represented on the panel. “I think the deep history of the Redskins is one of the assets of the city,” Leonsis said. “There’s not a person you meet that doesn’t have some kind of connective tissue to the team — but it’s really the championships. We can’t forget how hard it is to win a championship. Will [Chang]’s been associated with a championship with the Giants, and D.C. United’s won championships. The Redskins have won many Super Bowls. Caps have never won a Stanley Cup. Mr. Pollin won an NBA ring. And when you win a championship, it creates a set of lifelong memories. And that’s really the business that we’re in. The metric that we need to measure is this touchpoint for mothers and fathers and children and best friends that they can remember fondly and it’s one of those lifelong memories.”

And the topic came up one more time as the panel wound down. Asked which was the best run team in D.C., Snyder said, “The team that wins.” He continued, “Right now, the Capitals need to win this year for the city, so we’re rooting for them.”

And Leonsis took the idea of unity a step farther, refusing to even compare the various teams. “I don’t play the Redskins,” he said. “Y’know, I’m a season ticket holder. I love the Nationals. I love the Redskins. The rising tide raises all boats. We’re in this together.”

In honor of that, here’s a few of the better Redskins/Capitals crossover moments from recent memory:

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Chief Zee Hospitalized

Posted by Matt Terl on January 11, 2011 – 3:15 pm

According to ExtremeSkins, Redskins superfan Zema “Chief Zee” Williams has been hospitalized with a cyst on his spine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chief Zee, and we wish him a speedy recovery. Read more »

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The Worst Big Money That Daniel Snyder Ever Spent

Posted by Matt Terl on January 11, 2011 – 12:51 pm

One of the more interesting questions the owners faced in today’s Washington Post Live “Business Of Sports Q&A” centered on the worst money that they had spent. Will Chang — locally the owner of D.C. United, but also the owner of baseball’s world champion San Francisco Giants — was pretty explicit. “126 million dollars to one of my players that was not even on the playoff roster,” he said, a fairly clear reference to pitcher Barry Zito.

Marla Lerner Tannenbaum and Robert Tannenbaum of the Nationals demurred, saying that their team is young and that they might have a better sense of this with a few years’ perspective. Ted Leonsis pointed to Jaromir Jagr, although he made sure to clarify that he viewed the problems with Jagr as “an organizational failure, not a Jaromir Jagr failure.”

And that brought the question around the panel to Daniel Snyder. “You know, I don’t need to answer this,” Snyder said wryly. “You all know.” The line got a good laugh from the audience, but it’s also not particularly precise.

This is my guess, though:

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Do Not Expect The Redskins On Hard Knocks Any Time Soon

Posted by Matt Terl on January 11, 2011 – 10:39 am

The possibility of moving the Redskins back to D.C. wasn’t the only fan-favorite question that Daniel Snyder was asked at today’s “Business Of Sports Q&A” at the Washington Post. Given that he was sitting next to Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, whose team was recently featured onthe excellent 24/7 series on HBO, it was probably inevitable that Snyder would be asked about the possibility of the Redskins appearing on HBO’s similary-excellent football training camp show Hard Knocks.

And where the answer to the D.C. question was somewhat ambiguous, the answer to the Hard Knocks questions was blunt.

“No,” Snyder said.

He did elaborate a bit more, after Leonsis discussed the pros and cons of 24/7.

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Daniel Snyder Discusses The Future Of FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on January 11, 2011 – 9:41 am

Redskins fans miss RFK. One of the questions I’m most often asked, when people find out that I work for the Redskins, is when the team will move back to D.C. Decisions like that are made well above the blogger paygrade, so I’m forced to tell people that I really don’t know if such a thing is even a realistic possibility.

But today, Daniel Snyder was on a Washington Post Live panel called “The Business Of Sports,” alongside Ted Leonsis, owner of the Caps, Wizards and Mystics; Robert Tanenbaum and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, owners of the Nationals; and Will Chang, owner of D.C. United and the San Francisco Giants. The same question — will the Redskins move back to D.C. — was posed to Snyder. And he was able to give a much more intriguing answer than I ever have.

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