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Riggins on Snyder: "This person's heart is dark"

In one of the most scathing rebukes to date of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder by a former Redskins player, Hall of Fame running back John Riggins relentlessly targeted Snyder during an appearance on Showtime’s Inside The NFL.

Via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, here’s a taste of what Riggins had to say.

“[T]his is a bad guy that owns this team,” Riggins said of Snyder.  “I’ll just tell you that
upfront.  Bad guy.  And if the Commissioner is worried about potential
new owners and saying some of these guys shouldn’t apply, he might want
to police his own inside guys.”

Asked by host James Brown why Snyder is a “bad guy,” Riggins elaborated.

“Because his business practices, I think.  I don’t want to say they
are unethical, but I don’t think it’s a place, a climate that is
created there where people can be successful.  It’s driven all by his
ego and everything has to come from him.  And I just don’t think you can
be successful in those situations and when you are dealing with someone
with the mindset of a child and yet owns a franchise in the NFL.  I
think you have some problems there. . . .

“This person knows nothing about football, absolutely nothing,” Riggins said.  “I don’t
think they have a clue how a football team comes together, how it
works.  And yet they are the ones that are basically calling all the
shots through a puppet, which is Vinny Cerrato.  That is my take on
it. . . .  I speak for the fans because these are the people that paid my
salary for all these years.  They are the ones that need to know that
this is a bad guy.”

Cris Collinsworth then pointed out that there’s a “fine line” between being a “bad guy” and a “bad G.M.,” and Collinsworth asked Riggins whether he thinks Snyder is a “bad guy.”

Said Riggins:  “Let me put it to you this way, Cris, this person’s heart is dark.”

The Redskins declined comment to Steinberg.  But how in the world can Snyder or the team stand silent in response to this? 

We’re not sure what Snyder should say, but he has to say something, even if it’s, “Lighten up, Riggo baby.”
 

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  1. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Nov 4, 2009 11:28 PM

    Forget TO, forget Chad in Cincy…Riggo deserves his own 24 hour reality tv show. This guy was nuts, ballsy and entertaining as all get out back when he played and nothing’s changed.
    Call it All Riggo All Day…just give the man a damn television show.

  2. StrawHatCook says: Nov 4, 2009 11:29 PM

    I saw the interview a little bit ago and I am familiar with Riggins, but not too much on what he does in Washington and his involment with the Redskins. The whole interview came off to me like he really feels that Snyder is someone that is out to harm the team or is just not the one that can bring success to the Redskins. It came off a bit as how I feel about Al Davis and how I feel that they wont ever win while he is alive. Maybe its a bit extreme on my part, but I dont see how someone can prove me otherwise.

  3. PackFaninPackLand says: Nov 4, 2009 11:40 PM

    Riggo just said what appears to be the truth.
    I watched it and it was awesome, as was his segment later on in the show when he had a round-table discussion on the NFL too.
    Must viewing for ALL football fans !!

  4. PervyHarvin says: Nov 4, 2009 11:42 PM

    LOL Nice ending Florio with that link lol

  5. Common Sense says: Nov 4, 2009 11:43 PM

    Why does he have to comment back to this nutbag, he owns the team and he can do what ever the hell he wants to do with it.

  6. Canyonero says: Nov 4, 2009 11:43 PM

    Not to go out on a limb and defend Snyder, but I do not believe he malevolently wants to destroy the Washington Redskins.
    He just doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.
    The mercenary bottom-line method worked for him in other business dealings, so he apparently thinks that’s how a football business (cough.. team..) should be run.
    Riggins is probably just being dramatic.

  7. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 4, 2009 11:46 PM

    Riggins has regular sound off sessions posted on you-tube, definitely worth watching if you have time to kill.
    He would be a nice fit as an analyst. Current ex-coaches are only there to pass time until a new position opens and never say anything controversial.

  8. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Nov 4, 2009 11:49 PM

    Riggo, shut the f*** up.
    Dan Snyder may be incompetent as a football man, but he is not evil.

  9. CanadianVikingFan says: Nov 4, 2009 11:50 PM

    Are you serious? What a goof… He has nothing to back up that his heart is “dark”. Was he drunk when he did this? This truly makes no sense…

  10. Occam says: Nov 5, 2009 12:05 AM

    ‘Said Riggins: “Let me put it to you this way, Cris, this person’s heart is dark.”‘
    The horror. The horror…………..

  11. GB3Pack4 says: Nov 5, 2009 12:19 AM

    “I speak for the fans because these are the people that paid my salary for all these years. ”
    Doesn’t make sense to me -

  12. SmashMouth says: Nov 5, 2009 12:21 AM

    This is exactly what I’ve been saying for the past few years. The guy has emotional issues, which is the main reason why he should not be associated with football operations, including but not limited to player acquisitions.
    Many people are in agreement that his emotional attachment to the team is what is causing these organizational problems and is the main culprit behind so many questionable decisions he’s made over the years. And you won’t find many people who won’t agree with the fact that this is clouding his judgment about what players to acquire and how to assemble a winning team.
    But there is another dimension to this emotional attachment that may have nothing to do with X’s and O’s, or personnel or even the profitability of the franchise, rather something more tangible. Something physical.
    Not many people may know that Snyder suffered from Thyroid cancer. This is something that has gone way under the radar, but its implications, I believe, can be quite significant.
    The Thyroid gland, in short, is responsible for regulating one’s metabolism. The main organs that the gland communicates with are the Pituitary and Hypothalamus (both found in the brain). Now, it is well documented that any disturbance in the equilibrium of the body as a result of Thyroid problems manifests in severe mood swings and emotional instability.
    His emotional attachment has to do with more than profits and egomania. It is a physical problem that is affecting how he’s running the team, which is more of a reason to detach himself from the major decisions on the football side.

  13. SmashMouth says: Nov 5, 2009 12:22 AM

    This is exactly what I’ve been saying for the past few years. The guy has emotional issues, which is the main reason why he should not be associated with football operations, including but not limited to player acquisitions.
    Many people are in agreement that his emotional attachment to the team is what is causing these organizational problems and is the main culprit behind so many questionable decisions he’s made over the years. And you won’t find many people who won’t agree with the fact that this is clouding his judgment about what players to acquire and how to assemble a winning team.
    But there is another dimension to this emotional attachment that may have nothing to do with X’s and O’s, or personnel or even the profitability of the franchise, rather something more tangible. Something physical.
    Not many people may know that Snyder suffered from Thyroid cancer. This is something that has gone way under the radar, but its implications, I believe, can be quite significant.
    The Thyroid gland, in short, is responsible for regulating one’s metabolism. The main organs that the gland communicates with are the Pituitary and Hypothalamus (both found in the brain). Now, it is well documented that any disturbance in the equilibrium of the body as a result of Thyroid problems manifests in severe mood swings and emotional instability.
    His emotional attachment has to do with more than profits and egomania. It is a physical problem that is affecting how he’s running the team, which is more of a reason to detach himself from the major decisions on the football side.

  14. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Nov 5, 2009 12:26 AM

    Just like CBS announcer Gus Johnson and his statement regarding RB Chris Johnson, John Riggins pronouncement that Mr. Snyder’s heart is “dark” is blatantly racist. My feelings are hurt. Tears are welling up in my four eyes. My soul is aching. John Riggins must make amends by issuing an apology faster than “getting away from cops speed” to every dark person he has wronged. Also Inside the NFL should be canceled immediately and replaced with some 1990’s Shannon Tweed flicks. That’ll ease the pain.
    The darker the berry the sweeter the juice.

  15. southernboi727 says: Nov 5, 2009 12:32 AM

    Riggins is just describing how the owner is. Its just as bad as with the owners of the Bucs.

  16. AutumnWind999 says: Nov 5, 2009 12:50 AM

    I pay little attention to the Redskins but it seems like Riggins is completely crazy on this one … or just seeking attention with some outrageous B.S.
    Riggins sucks. Remember Super Bowl XVIII, Johnny? I do. Raiders 38, Redskins 9.
    Suck it.

  17. hailrskins says: Nov 5, 2009 12:52 AM

    Riggins still my hero after all these years. This makes me as happy as when you turned the corner on the Dolphins and took it to the house on 4th down for our first ring.
    The Diesel still getting it done.
    Boycott Snyder. No tix or merch purchases until he sells.

  18. LeagueObsrvr says: Nov 5, 2009 1:19 AM

    It’s a shame to see the way the Redskins have gone into the crapper since Jack Kent Cooke passed on…
    this Snyder guy sounds like an Al Davis protege….

  19. Bob S. says: Nov 5, 2009 1:19 AM

    Riggins has lost his mind. Snyder surely must have refused him a job.

  20. Ed Barrow says: Nov 5, 2009 1:27 AM

    Wow! Riggo going with the nuclear option….

  21. pedey01 says: Nov 5, 2009 1:32 AM

    Hey Florio,
    You sure Riggins wasn’t referring to lawyers like yourself with the remark?

  22. wxwax says: Nov 5, 2009 2:07 AM

    I’m not sure lil’ Danny gets it.
    I guess we’ll know, if he hires a strong GM and lets him run the football operation.
    For a guy who supposedly loves the Redskins, Danny’s done a piss poor job of emulating the most successful owner the team has had, Jack Kent Cooke.

  23. troll_aikman8 says: Nov 5, 2009 2:22 AM

    Epic blast. The Scientology mafia will silence Riggins.

  24. Lost says: Nov 5, 2009 2:44 AM

    Was there ever a NFL’er who played with more determination than John Riggins?
    He was relentless. Fierce competitor. Never let up.

  25. rifraf66 says: Nov 5, 2009 6:05 AM

    So Riggo,don’t hold back tell us how you really feel.

  26. argos says: Nov 5, 2009 6:18 AM

    I feel sorry for the Skins fans.
    While a agree that Snyder is inadvertently screwing up the team I think you can see that he is/was trying to build a winner. He has failed and is absolutely in the model with Al Davis as what not to do from the perspective of being too hands-on.
    I don’t mind that Riggins is calling him out but I find it difficult to listen to Riggins and take him seriously on anything.
    He’s a limited one-dimensional character who’s perpetually unprepared to talk about any other team and you get the idea he’s simply riding his fame from a time when playing football while intoxicated was the norm.

  27. Outfoxed says: Nov 5, 2009 6:43 AM

    How about, “Oh Yeah?”
    Ultimate comeback.

  28. Bob S. says: Nov 5, 2009 6:44 AM

    StrawHatCook says:
    November 4, 2009 11:29 PM
    I saw the interview a little bit ago

    It was live and LAST NIGHT!

  29. Outfoxed says: Nov 5, 2009 6:48 AM

    Organizational effectiveness (or ineffectiveness for that matter) starts at the TOP. Having said that, this is where the Peter Principle starts to take effect. It doesn’t necessarily denote evil but inability to get the job done.
    Bellicheck gave Tuna a nice compliment today about Tuna’s ability to, “know the big picture”—assessing what a franchise needs to do to engineer a turnaround. Does anyone see that in Snyder?

  30. Brownwood26 says: Nov 5, 2009 6:48 AM

    Riggo is 100% spot on…and all you people commenting on this and don’t follow the Redskins can’t possibly understand that. The damage he’s done to the team itself aside, Snyder has screwed the fans at every turn. Adding obstructed view seats in the stadium. Banishing tailgating to the far end of the parking lot (which can be as far as a half mile from the stadium itself). Suing fans over season tickets in the midst of one of the worst recessions this nation has ever seen (in spite of a waiting list for season tickets in the hundreds of thousands). And this latest kick to the nuts, banning signs at time where the fanbase is at its most critical of him. Someone who professes to be a Redskins fan should be more sympathic to people who are Redskins fans. But he operates as if he knows how loyal the fanbase is and will take full advantage of that loyalty.
    Snyder is scum and Riggo could (and should) have said much worse and been right. Anyone who doesn’t see that is either too far removed from this or sees life through burgundy and gold glasses and drinks whatever piss flavored Kool-aid Snyder serves.

  31. Terry says: Nov 5, 2009 6:57 AM

    Wheather he’s a “bad guy” is not the issue. He and Vinny know nothing about football yet make every “football” decision; that will ALWAYS be a recipe for disaster. Until “Lil Danny” get out of the way and installs a football guy to run the show the Redskins will continue to be the laughing stock of the NFL.

  32. alewatcher says: Nov 5, 2009 7:09 AM

    There is an old saying that you should never attribute to malevolence that which can be explained by incompetence. I really don’t think Dan Snyder is evil, he’s just an idiot that doesn’t know how to run a football team, and won’t hire someone who can. It’s mostly an ego problem, refusing to admit he hasn’t a clue.

  33. tv says: Nov 5, 2009 7:23 AM

    He is correct. The same situation happened in the 60-80s when John Meacom owned the Saints.
    They, obviously, went nowhere until Benson bought the team and hired people to run it for him. Then, in the 90s, after GM Finks died Benson thought he knew enough to run the team himself and the team was back to horrible.
    If Snyder (aka “I want to be Jerry Jones”) wants to be successful he has to step away and let football people run the whole show.

  34. Cranbo says: Nov 5, 2009 7:41 AM

    Riggo I’m glad you’re out there putting out the words all of us fans want to say. Keep it up.
    Every year we have different players, different coaches, but pay the same exorbitant prices for a worse product. And the ownership never listens to us, and now is banning our voice from the stadium since we can’t bring in banners.
    So keep rolling Riggo, and make your voice loud. Hold Snyder accountable and don’t let up! All we want is a real GM in town. Is that too much to ask?

  35. Florio-is-a-tool says: Nov 5, 2009 7:43 AM

    Riggo’s comments are 100% spot on. Snyder has a lot of problems beginning with the fact his money was inherited, not merited. He’s a child who get everything he ever wanted for X-mas and has never learned the meaning of the word “patience.”
    Is there any pundit who hasn’t piled on the Little General in the past month?

  36. stanjam says: Nov 5, 2009 7:45 AM

    That was a great interview. A bunch of interview lightweights dealing with this guy. You could cut the tension with a knife. They were all so nervous! They didn’t know what to do or say in response to this guy.

  37. realityonetwo says: Nov 5, 2009 7:55 AM

    SkinsFanInNebraska says:
    November 4, 2009 11:49 PM
    Riggo, shut the f*** up.
    Dan Snyder may be incompetent as a football man, but he is not evil.

  38. mooremi9 says: Nov 5, 2009 7:58 AM

    Snyder has turned his team into a billion dollar marketing monster. He obviosly knows what he is doing. You morons line up at the gate every Sunday to watch his fart of a product. Why should he change? And now that he came out and said he is sorry you PDF’s will act like all is forgiven. If you want him to change you have to hit him where it hurts (his wallet).
    Al Davis on the other hand has is a sh*t stain

  39. pramis123 says: Nov 5, 2009 8:01 AM

    While Riggens was a heck of a great player (he cost us a Super Bowl when he ran over my Dolphins) and entertaining as hell, he definitely crossed the line with his comments on Snyder. When Sean Taylor was killed in Miami, Snyder set the example of how an owner should behave. Being a Miami U fan, I really appreciated how he handled everything and the love and support that the organization showed Taylor’s family and friends. It is sad that in sports, people only look at the wins and losses and characterize owners, coaches and players mainly through that limited view. While no one can argue that snyder has not produced a winner in Washington, no one can argue that he has not put his money into his efforts, that he has sat back and been too patient. If anything, many of his mistakes can be traced for not being patient enough to allow some of the people that he has brought in to have enough time to win (Marty S. was arguably his best hire). Again, call Snyder whatever you want, but after seeing how he handled the Sean Taylor tragedy, no one should every think about saying that he has anything but a good heart.
    Sincerely,
    Peter Ramis

  40. OranjelloJones says: Nov 5, 2009 8:08 AM

    Riggo, my favorite player of all time but he’s completely off his ro0cker at this stage of his life.
    No John you DON’T speak for the fans as most of us don’t spend a fraction of the time drunk in a single year that you do on a weekly basis. He’s STILL a sopping wet drunk and has a huge vendetta against Snyder because Snyder canned Riggo from his radio show after his ratings continued to go down week after week from a starting point that was never good to begin with.
    So basically what Riggo has to say about Snyder holds zero water, he’s so jaded and biased that even if everything he said was true, he’s got zero credibility for stating the case. It’s right up there with Millen criticizing personnel aquisitions.
    It’s especially funny watching this guy have a hissy over respect for the game, respect for coaches and players when he was arguably one of the least respectful players of the modern era coming to meetings drunk and passing out, sitting out an entire year in a holdout and only giving up when he was broke and generally being a royal pain in Gibbs’ ass throughout his career (let alone the Sandra Berger incident among others). There’s a reason you rarely see Riggo with his teammates or anything but alone in terms of players of the past. They by and large think he’s an egotistical, narcissistic dickhead who thinks he’s a lot smarter than he’s ever really demonstrated. One hell of a fullback but an absolute douchebag of a man. Him calling anyone elses heart dark is downright laughable.
    Riggo calling out Snyder for acting like an ass would be like Florio calling out anyone for rumor mongering, hypocrite much?

  41. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 5, 2009 8:13 AM

    Riggo will not be getting a Christmas Card from the Redskins this year. Ouch that was harsh !

  42. Stuff-it says: Nov 5, 2009 8:15 AM

    I have only one question. Did he fall asleep under the table after the interview?

  43. DC Vikings Fan says: Nov 5, 2009 8:36 AM

    Riggins and Sonny Jurgenson were fixtures on George Michael’s local show for years. I have never been a fan of Washington, but I watched the show every week to hear their comments. Sonny is in the tank for Snyder, but he and Riggins were usually dead-on in their analysis and predictions. Riggins is an iconoclast, but his track record is too good to be ignored.

  44. Tony Alexander says: Nov 5, 2009 8:40 AM

    Let me start by saying that I am a fan, tried and true. Hell, I went to Charlotte for the game and will be heading to Atlanta this weekend. Generally I agree with Riggo but not in this case. As much as it pains me to say it, the team is Snyder’s to with as he pleases. The guy did not make his first million, ten million, hundred million and billion without understanding business (even at the expense of being unethical and overpowering)… at the end of the day pro football and the NFL is big business and on top of that it is the business of entertainment. If “Redskins” the movie were ever made Snyder would be played by Jeremy Piven in an Ari Gold like performance…

  45. WetHog says: Nov 5, 2009 8:51 AM

    As a Skins fan I love me some Riggo, but he is way over the top with what he said. Snyder’s heart is “dark”? What does that mean? He made a pack with the devil to earn all his money and buy the Skins? Snyder knows dick about football, but he doesn’t strike me as someone with a “dark heart”.
    Riggo has been bitter since the day Snyder bought the team. Riggo refused to participate in the 70th anniversary celebration a couple years ago because he wanted money out of it and Snyder says no. Riggo also had his own show on Snyder’s radio stations, but Riggo lost his show when Snyder bought Sports Talk 980 and the established shows on that station got way better ratings than “The John Riggins Show”. Riggo is just bitter and looking to get in the news. Simple as that.
    To quote a wise man:
    “Lighten up Riggo Baby!”

  46. Laxer37 says: Nov 5, 2009 8:55 AM

    Riggo ran over Snyder like he was a free safety coming up to support the run.
    It must be painful for a little man like Snyder to be so succesful in one area and be such a repeated failure in another.

  47. bake says: Nov 5, 2009 8:55 AM

    Riggo is an embarrassment to the Redskins family. Joe Gibbs should be on the phone telling him to quit acting like an idiot by now. But I love every minute of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And as for the thyroid cancer guy, I had thyroid cancer too in 2207. I can assure you that being a former thyroid cancer patient is no excuse at all for the way Snyder has run this team.
    What gets me is, how come all of us can sit in front of our tv’s on Sunday and see this team has an awful weak offensive line and campbell can’t make a decision in the pocket to save his soul, and those getting millions to run the team can’t see it, year after year, draft after draft……………….

  48. INISHUL says: Nov 5, 2009 9:15 AM

    So… in lieu of Riggin’s comments I felt it necessesary to go back and re-read Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” Sure enough, Marlow’s mission was seekout and return Snyder.
    …and I think I speak for the majority of skins fans when i say “the horror! the horror!”

  49. Patsfan1776 says: Nov 5, 2009 9:16 AM

    “Riggins, the Jerk Store called and said they were all out of you.”
    Snyder’s definitely incompetent and impatient. Not sure about evil though.

  50. Kevin from Philly says: Nov 5, 2009 10:06 AM

    It’s a shame Taco Bill is no longer employed here. An “Apocalypse Now” poster with Riggo in the river boat, going up the Patomic in search of Col. Snyder would be AWESOME!

  51. FumbleNuts says: Nov 5, 2009 10:08 AM

    If you want him to change you have to hit him where it hurts (his wallet).
    VERY TRUE!
    Don’t go to the games for the rest of the year and see what happens this off season.

  52. OranjelloJones says: Nov 5, 2009 10:11 AM

    “Riggo’s comments are 100% spot on. Snyder has a lot of problems beginning with the fact his money was inherited, not merited. He’s a child who get everything he ever wanted for X-mas and has never learned the meaning of the word “patience.”
    Buuuullshit! See this is the problem with today’s lazy and irresponsible media, it gives numbnuts like this guy fuel for their hopelessly clueless arguments.
    Dan Snyder is a self made man and his dad is one of his employees. He didn’t inherit squat. He started his business out of the basement of his parent’s house.
    Oh and newsflash folks the words black and dark in and of themselves do not have racial connotations. Context is key…and the term dark being used as a synonym for evil was around for centuries before the good ole US of A was even “discovered” and this absurd PC crap that makes people walk on eggshells around those words was started.

  53. Drat says: Nov 5, 2009 10:18 AM

    I do not like Snyder. I think Zorn was a mistake.
    But the person who really fingers my cheese is Riggins. Here is an average NFL running back, working behind one of the greatest O-lines of all time. Basically, just a stupid, slow person who ran hoping nobody was there, and if someone was, he knocked a few over. I could name off the top of my head 3,769 better RBs, just in my lifetime.
    And what has he done since then? Nothing. No coaching that I’m aware of. Nothing. He knows how to drink and fart, and he can skin racoons and eat possum. So what? He’s a classic case of the self-important but useless male just spouting off, well, because of that drinking. It reminds me of Peyton Mannings comments about the liquored up kicker. Same deal here. Only Riggins can’t kick.
    Hey Righead! You’re not even as worthwhile as a liquored up kicker, you loser. STFU.

  54. scomibord says: Nov 5, 2009 10:21 AM

    @ SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK
    Why do you have to “throw” the Race Card on every post you make. Do you think that eventually you might get it correct. Oh, I see. You are a Falcons fan. By the way, how does your ass taste, since it was handed to you last week. Who Dat!!!

  55. Pockets Straight says: Nov 5, 2009 10:30 AM

    I love Riggo, but here is the context for these comments.
    Riggo had a show on Dan Snyder’s radio station. He also was doing game day analysis and was a spokes-person for the redskins charity events. He was paid very well (estimated near $500K per year).
    Riggo lived in New York and was doing his job remotely, and had terrible ratings. Snyder decided the problem was that Riggo wasn’t in the studio and interacting with his co-hosts. So Snyder told Riggo to sell his home in New York, and move to Virginia or his show would get canceled. Snyder also offered a contract extension with the move. Riggo did (but did not want to, and constantly told people that he didn’t like it) but his ratings didn’t get any better. So Snyder canned him. Snyder also found a loop hole (or had put it there to begin with) that allowed him to end Riggo’s contract without a buy out.
    Riggo is just bitter he made sacrifices and was then put out to pasture….

  56. meezle says: Nov 5, 2009 10:32 AM

    Dear Mr. John Riggins,
    Please STFU before you ruin things
    Thanks
    -Eagles Fans

  57. dcfan-1212450 says: Nov 5, 2009 10:32 AM

    Seriously, Riggins has lost his mind. He has every right to attack Dan Snyder, but he does it in all the wrong ways. He basically called him evil. Like Snyder is secretly a huge Cowboy fan and bought the Skins to ruin them. Give me a break. Ya he has absolutely no football knowledge, but to say Cerrato is completely his puppet is dumb as well. You think Snyder tells Cerrato who to draft? The problem with Snyder is he is a business man first, then a fan. His goals were to make money owning the team, and if possible win a championship while doing so. And instead of hiring competant and intelligent people to run his team, he hires one man in Cerrato. Other teams have up to 3 people actually running the front office. And of course Snyder chimes in with his 2 cents on the team, instead of leaving it to the football people. But for Riggins to say he has a dark heart just proves Riggins is still the Riggins all Skins fans know and love. That crazy SOB who needs to shut the hell up. And yes, we still love him…

  58. scomibord says: Nov 5, 2009 10:35 AM

    @ bake
    And as for the thyroid cancer guy, I had thyroid cancer too in 2207. I can assure you that being a former thyroid cancer patient is no excuse at all for the way Snyder has run this team.
    You need to patent that time machine.

  59. Drat says: Nov 5, 2009 10:50 AM

    Pockets Straight,
    Thanks for the insight. I was wrong about Riggins. He’s not just a self-important loser. No, not at all. He is a sore, vidictive self-important loser.

  60. smiley says: Nov 5, 2009 10:58 AM

    Regardless if you agree with him or not….back in the day Riggo would run you over and probably knock you out in the process. Hail!

  61. doriangray says: Nov 5, 2009 11:04 AM

    Snyder did a classy job handling the Shawn Taylor tragedy. He’s an elegant speaker. Riggo’s comments sound extreme to me and I like Zorn. Snyder just seems like an intense Alpha Male, not Satan.

  62. Scoop says: Nov 5, 2009 11:06 AM

    This is my favorite Riggins moment since he hit on Sandra Day O’Connor. The guy obviously lacks the filters that most grown-ups have between their hearts, their head and their mouths…which makes him sort of likable.
    I suppose you could probably wonder what Jim Zorn feels about the shade of Snyder’s heart. I don’t see a Super Villain…but he’s willing to castrate and humiliate a guy in front of the world to protect his own clueless ego, so he isn’t a candidate for Man of the Year either.

  63. Grulks says: Nov 5, 2009 11:23 AM

    for those of you who say that Riggins is crazy/drunk/off base, I’m curious how many of you live in the Dc area. I’m not a Skins fan, so I’d like to believe I have some level of neutrality on this matter.
    Here are a few things Snyder has done that make me relate to what Riggins is saying:
    1) after losses by the team, Snyder actually wait for the players entering the locker room and scowls/glowers at them. This has been been cofirmed by several ex redskins.
    2) When Lav Coles wanted off the Skins, but didnt like the deal he was being traded for (bc of a lack of contract renegotiation), Snyder told Coles if he didn’t take the deal, he’d refuse to not only play him, he’d keep Coles inactive and buy him a HD tv so Coles could watch the games at home.
    3) Suing the fans who can’t make their commitments to the season tickets. Right or wrong, the redskins brag all the time about their 10,000 names on a waiting list for season tickets. If they have that many people waiting for season tickets, why are the suing fans who can’t meet the obligations instead of trying to work with the fans to find someone who can?
    4) When Snyder was first trying to buy the team, from Jack Kent Cooke’s estate, John Cooke brought him Snyder as a potential investment partner. Cooke’s father previously owned the team in DC. Snyder essentially cut off Cooke in the middle of the discussion stating that Snyder planned to be the majority owner, and leave the team to his kids. How do you say that to a guy who has been running the team with the previous owner, and who has brought you in to be a minority partner?
    These aren’t traits of someone who is simply a shrewd business man, these are traits of someone who essentially tells you it’s my way, and if you don’t like it, whomever you are, I’ll run you over with a freight train until you’re no longer relevant.
    I don’t know if Snyder is an evil/bad person, or just simply an Ahole, but he’s certainly not a good owner, and having him run the Skins is not good for Washington fans, or the NFL in general.

  64. Katmanduu says: Nov 5, 2009 11:24 AM

    Riggo just telling it like it is! As long as douchebag dan owns the team, they will NEVER win. I just love the smug look on Deadskin fans faces after an offseason of misguided optimism, only to be flushed down the toilet by Halloween. EVERY year.
    Like I’ve said on many occasions…..this franchise is so screwed.

  65. bake says: Nov 5, 2009 11:51 AM

    okay i meant 2007, scomibord
    the point remains, this guy has done nothing to endear himself to his customers, the redskin fans, and i wonder why i still root for them. I hope he does a 180 or sells the team to someone who knows what to do………………………..
    as far as riggins, keep up the best entertainment skins fans have had in a decade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    but don’t pretend you’re relevant and important…..

  66. Bob S. says: Nov 5, 2009 12:03 PM

    Grulks says:
    1) after losses by the team, Snyder actually wait for the players entering the locker room and scowls/glowers at them. This has been been cofirmed by several ex redskins.

    so what?
    he’s paying the lot of them $120 million a year to perform!
    those same players just recently said the fans shouldn’t boo them either.

  67. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 5, 2009 3:45 PM

    the owner(s) pays the players’ salaries, not the fans.
    the fans work at McDonalds, right?
    oh wait.

  68. Grulks says: Nov 5, 2009 3:46 PM

    Bob,
    I agree. I was caught up doing something at work and didnt get to finish a few more items. With that particular item, Synder will greet the players when they win, telling them “we had a great win today”. everything I’m hearing on this is that Snyder wants to take credit for the team when they win, but when the team losses, he wants to blame it on the players.
    A few other items I forgot about, but they just played it on the radio stations here:
    1) Snyder convinced Riggins to move from Ny to DC, to do the radio station job here. As soon as Riggins got here, Snyder fired him.
    2) when Snyder bought the team, he sent out a memo to everyone in the organization (essentially people who weren’t coaching staff or players) telling them “I know there’s been a lot of rumors going around that there could be a big shakeup since I bought the team. I want you all to know from me, that your jobs are safe, and no one is going anywhere. Welcome to my team”
    And then the next week, Snyder fired almost all of them (very very few exceptions were made).
    Again, I’m not a redskins fan. Never have been, never will be. But the more I hear about Snyder, the more I’m convinced he’s just a giant douchebag, and that Riggins, despite whatever axe he has to grind, it probably right on the money about him.

  69. West TX says: Nov 5, 2009 5:18 PM

    Killing time at the end of work and wanted to comment.
    The NFL usurped MLB as the national past time in recent years because it presents to fans a number of items that baseball can no longer give. First and foremost, I believe, on that list is the hope over time that one’s favorite team has a chance to get better and ultimately compete for a championship. Over the past two decades the smaller market teams of MLB have essentially had little chance to build and maintain a competitive team over time while those same type teams in the NFL still have a reasonable and decent chance. This has helped the league to maintain parity and national interest as there is more intrigue on any given Sunday.
    However, the coming NFL problems with finding a working CBA between players and owners in addition to a growing number of poorly managed franchises is now seriously threatening the entertainment value of this game. Daniel Snyder is yet just another piece to the undoing of the game that has become religion to some. Snyder’s harassment of fans at their most recent MNF game vs. Philadelphia, lawsuits against fans and annual meddling with the coaching staff has turned a very proud franchise into a joke. While he’s build a large stadium and developed one of the largest operating profits in the league, he has also alienated fans and stripped the hope that drives those revenue streams into the future. Riggins is a bit of a nut; however, he is on base in regard to what Snyder is doing to his franchise and the league with his decision making and behavior.
    Unfortunately, Snyder is only one of many NFL owners who are ruining a good thing. For almost two decades the Bengals’ Mike Brown has left his franchise hamstrung with his stubbornness and unwillingness to adopt league Best Methods — many are giving him a pass this season simply because the team has a winning record. In Buffalo the aging Ralph Wilson has left the franchise in limbo as he increasingly loses touch with reality and effectiveness. In Tampa Bay the Glazers continue to save money from the Bucs so that they can pay their mortgage on an English soccer franchise. Cleveland is no better with an owner who owes 8 figures to old coaches and GMs he has fired and thrown on the scrap heap. Jacksonville can’t get fans into their once packed stadium anymore. Bud Adams is forcing Jeff Fisher to play a QB he doesn’t want to play. Everyone in Oakland is waiting for Al Davis to pass on so that the team can gain some sense once again. The Lions are trying to turn the corner, but their record still speaks for itself. The Rams owners have been oft rumored to be willing to sell, but there aren’t any buyers for a team that has gone from one of the leagues best to one of its worst in just a decade.
    Washington, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Tampa, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Oakland, Detroit and St. Louis: these are almost 1/3 of the league’s teams, and they have been mismanaged in an embarrassing manner while fans have become enraged, while the commissioner and league sits on its hands, and while a strike of some sort becomes closer and closer in time.
    The bigger the organization, the larger the fall — and the league, in this current economical environment, could be in for a huge fall if it doesn’t get to work on a lot of this mess in the near future. Baseball’s grand fall might best be traced back to the strike in 1994 that wiped out the World Series for the first time but also came during an era in which player salaries were just starting to get out of hand while fans were absorbing the costs at the gate. NFL tickets and related fan items are already over the top, but the league has ridden the wave of an excellent product to keep from falling as MLB did. I think the poorly run franchises, the possibility of a strike and the seeming indifference by the NFL leadership could bring this industry down several notches in the near future.

  70. Pockets Straight says: Nov 6, 2009 7:46 AM

    @Grulks
    re: #1, Riggo had three ratings books after his move to DC before he got fired. He was not fired as soon as he got to DC. He was fired for costing more than his show was making.
    re: #2, That’s absolutely incorrect on two points. First, Snyder never sent a memo saying people’s jobs were safe. He told all 24 managers that they had three months to prepare to defend their job. Of the 24 managers under Cooke, 5 were fired and replaced, 5 were laid off because their job was not necessary.
    Fewer than 3% of the lower level employees were fired or laid off in the first three years of Snyder’s tenure, this is way below typical market attrition.
    I am not a Snyder fan. I think he is ruining a team I have supported for 30 years. I did not renew my season tickets after Schottenheimer was fired because I thought it was abhorrent how the man was treated. Still, he’s a bad GM, he’s a bad “football guy”, he’s not a bad person.

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