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An “I” Sore

By widespread consensus, even (and maybe especially) among Washington Redskin fans, Dan Snyder is a lousy owner. It turns out he’s an even worse writer.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, titled “Why I’m suing the City Paper,” Snyder uses the pronoun “I” more than 30 times. Here’s but a sampling:

I am the son of a University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate whose professional pedigree includes working at United Press International and National Geographic. I am proud of that legacy from my dad and understand the journalist’s perspective and challenges.

I am not thin-skinned about personal criticism. I consider myself very fortunate to own the Redskins. Criticism comes with the territory and I respect it. I have never sued people who publish critical opinions of me, nor have I previously sued any news organization.

I understand the anger people feel toward me when the Redskins have a losing season or when we sign a veteran player who does not meet expectations. I have been a Redskins fan all my life, and I get angry, too, including at myself. I am the first to admit that I’ve made mistakes as an owner. I hope I’ve learned from them. All I want is for the Redskins to win!

And all I want is for Snyder to stop writing! And if he really feels he must write something, perhaps he can hire an editor. Mr. Snyder’s prose is even worse than his teams, which is saying something.



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