Imagine a world where the next vicious storm lives lurking on the next horizon. Where the sky is composed of an invariably gloomy slate, excepting those frequent occasions when it becomes by turns even darker and more threatening. Yes, football lovers, it’s none other than Redskins Fanworld. It’s unlucky populous occupies its poisonous
environs, crying out for a decent football team the way a man on the outer rings of hell cries out for water.
Now envision the first real hint of sunlight in twenty years. Fog dissipates on a warm, sea-smelling wind. People crack their windows a bit uncertainly. Children bang out of doors and little boys fling the first of many hopeful balls out across the just greening grass. There is the squeak of barbecue grills being unearthed from their winter homes and being placed in the sun to wash.
That’s what it’s like to be a Redskins fan right now. Like early spring. Living each day with the knowledge that in a few short weeks, if history is any indicator, the world will bloom in a riotous display of color and growth. The sun will massage our collective skins with healing warmth. The elements accede the death of the old, and politely combine to provide us all a new and glorious beginning as the painful past recedes.
Fairfax area silk screeners have already begun marketing images of RGIII emblazoned with the single capitalized inscription ” Hope”. As if the stars had at last regained alignment, there are signs, portents of a new era blossoming across the DMV. Men in the street smile knowingly.
Meanwhile, officials at Redskins park have been busy assembling the 2012 cast. The knowledge that one way or another, a franchise quarterback is soon to be in residence makes their jobs and their lives a good deal more pleasant. Quietly, over the last week or so, they have begun to convene what will ultimately comprise the 2012 Redskins roster.
Over the last several days, two low level pickups, CB Leigh Torrence, and free safety Madieu Williams were obtained. For Torrence, who has been brutalized on DC area blogs, primarily for his relationship as a toady to Gregg Williams during his first stint as a Redskin, this signing, especially in light of the Saints scandal, must possess a slightly unreal quality. University of Maryland product Madieu Williams was a 2004 second round draft pick to Cincinnati who played in 15 games, albeit sparingly, last year for the 49ers. Either could provide depth at weak positions, either could become camp fodder.
Mike Jones at Redskins Insider is reporting that 2011 early season fan favorite Jarvis Jenkins has been cleared by medical staff to resume full football activity. Until he tore his ACL in last season’s third pre-season game, Jenkins had been challenging Adam Carriker for starting time at the left defensive end spot. He should add to what is already the strength of the Redskins defense this year.