A moment that was feared for more than a month by the Washington Times sports staff was realized Wednesday afternoon. Then confirmed to the world by tweet.
“It’s official. @TWTSports got Mike Leach’d,” the Times sports section wrote.
The newspaper is cutting back 40% of its staff, including the entire sports department. Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog did a better job than we could explaining what a loss it is for Washington sports fans.
We’ll let others discuss the impact of the decline of newspapers, and simply thank David Elfin and Ryan O’Halloran for their coverage of the Redskins, which added to our understanding of the team. Check out the section’s final issue Friday.
The Redskins organization has had a combative relationship with the press during the Dan Snyder era, but it must know how lucky it is. Few teams can match the loyal fanbase and comprehensive coverage the Redskins receive, no matter how bumbling the owner.
That coverage took a big hit Wednesday.