I tend to get a little more fired up about the game when the Dallas Cowboys are playing the Washington Redskins. If you are too easily offended by sophomoric humor you really don’t want to read this article. I’m going to make fun of some Redskins fans and their sophomoric humor with my own retorts to theirs. It is a storied rivalry, and among fans of the teams it has its funny moments too. Over the years I have found that Redskins fans like to talk smack about a couple of things. This has always cracked me up a little bit, because the things they choose to wax poetic about show an incredible lack of knowledge about the History of their own team.
Okay, hopefully your interest is now piqued and you can enjoy the real facts. What are the weak attempts at smack that I speak of? Hey, glad you asked. The first one is about Michael Irvin and his arrest for cocaine. They call us the “Crack Boys” and I’ve even heard Irvin called “Coke Machine.” I admit, that’s kind of funny. The other is about a movie called “Brokeback Mountain,” and they make references to Troy Aikman being gay and call our QB, “Tony Homo.” You’ve all heard these things. How about I expose the jabs for the weak punches that they really are?
Let’s start with the notion that Michael Irvin is evidence that our whole team is cocaine addicts. Michael Irvin was arrested for cocaine possession in the 1996 off season. He pled nolo contendre, or no contest, to those charges. He never spent time in jail for it. He was fined $10,000, and was on probation for 4 years. He was also suspended for 5 games even though he never failed an NFL drug test. That’s right, he never failed one. There have been other allegations that shadowed Irvin after this but each time none of those allegations have materialized as being as bad as this incident. Now you can certainly disrespect Irvin’s actions, and you would be right to. He was wrong, and he knows he was wrong. You heard him say so in his Hall of Fame speech.
How about we discuss a guy so trapped by cocaine that he interrupted what was almost assuredly going to be a Hall of Fame career, and never got back on track? His name was Dexter Manley, and without a doubt he was one of the most disruptive Defensive Ends ever to play the game. If you like pure football talent, you liked watching Dexter Manley. Not only was he a great player, he was engaging and fun. He also had a very dark companion, cocaine.