Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Redskins Owner Says He'll Sue Some Newspapers: How and Why?

Really quite terrible Redskins sports team owner Dan Snyder claims he is preparing to sue Washington City Paper over a particularly marvelous profile. But apparently they might also sue the Washington Post, for linking to it? "Snyder's attorneys contacted The Post last week and asked the newspaper to preserve e-mails between Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg and [Dave] McKenna," who wrote the City Paper piece. "The attorneys said they intend to explore whether there was any agreement between McKenna and Steinberg to cross-promote McKenna's pieces on Snyder." Dear lawyer friends: can you make some sense of that for us? We assume that is just setting up the Post as a potential target for a suit claiming… a concerted campaign to damage Snyder's reputation? But the profile on him is entirely composed of truthfulness—though the lawyers claim otherwise. That Snyder's people have not ever contacted anyone at City Paper for corrections (or for anything else), and instead are using threats of litigation over unknown errors as their first remedy—doesn't that wildly undermine their case? Also: doesn't calling a reporter a liar, uh, damage his reputation as well?

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Moff (#28)

Well, somebody has to stop newspapers.

gumplr (#66)

Snyder's a columnist for The Daily?

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

If we can't bitch about Albert Haynesworth, the terrorists have won.

gumplr (#66)

Favorite glossary entry, hands down:

Bankrupt Airline Peanuts: What Snyder was selling to fans at FedExField. During the 2006 season, vendors offered shelled nuts in royal blue and white 5 oz. bags adorned with the Independence Air logo. Problem: The airline had gone under about a year earlier. The supplier told Washington City Paper that it stopped shipping the airline’s nuts “before Independence Air went out of business.” A spokesman for the Peanut Council told City Paper that to prevent rancidity, the recommended shelf life of a foil bag of out-of-shell peanuts was “about three months.”

sigerson (#179)

Agreed. I also like charging fans to watch practice.

Matt (#26)

But over which of the previous 800 Dave McKenna Snyder profiles is Snyder suing?


How does anyone still watch football?

katiebakes (#32)

It would be really funny if he was a Sidwell alum and just pissed over this one.

Matt (#26)

Dave McKenna really enjoys writing about high school football teams that lose all the time.

buzzorhowl (#992)

"How does anyone still watch football?"

Believe me, it's tough if you're a Redskins fan. And yet, I am somehow compelled to endure week after week of embarrassing losses. Maybe next year will be better. Hahahahaha… sigh.

sigerson (#179)

I've been a fan of the Redskins since before the Joe Gibbs era. I remember the "dead duck" passes of Christian Adolph "Sonny" Jergensen back in the day with great fondness. And the memory of John Riggins shoving that Miami cornerback to the ground en route to a TD run in the Super Bowl will always be with me. And the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is in the books for my Redskins and QB Doug Williams (4 TDs, on a broken leg, as a black QB when many white folks didn't believe a black man could be a great QB) as well as the first instance of the "I'm going to Disneyworld" meme.

Not to mention it's just about the only thing my large and fractious family can talk about at Thanksgiving without tension, awkward silences and cutlery clattering onto the china.

That said, they are always entertaining, often hapless but never boring. Take this season: transfer of future Hall of Fame QB from division rival, eventual benching of said QB, backup leads team back from 16-point deficit by throwing two TDs and also throwing TWO TWO-POINT CONVERSIONS (how often have you seen that?), majority of games decided by 3 points or less. It's just great fun to watch. You never know what you're going to get.

And, like I tell the Mets fans who jeer at me in Nationals gear when I'm at Citifield: "One thing I know for sure: my team will never disappoint me…"

BadUncle (#153)

Typically, a rapacious villain is clever. Here's the rare criminal mini-mind.

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