"We're winning off the field."
---Bruce Allen at his year-end press conference, December 30, 2014
“City Paper is a small news organization with limited resources, and defending ourselves against this lawsuit has cost massive amounts of time and money, well beyond the $34,308.91 that readers have contributed to our legal defense fund. Despite those costs, we are proud that we never wavered or allowed ourselves to be bullied, ultimately leading Snyder to dismiss his case.”
----Washington City Paper, 09/10/2011
In 2000, Daniel Snyder purchased the riverside home of the deceased King Hussein of Jordan. The home is located in the Washington suburb of Potomac. Snyder purchased the home for the cool sum of $10 million. However, the property was adjacent to a swath of trees on an area of land owned and managed by the National Park Service (NPS). The trees obstructed the view of the Potomac River from Snyder's home. The park was designated as a national historic site in 1971, which meant that Snyder would have been buried in paperwork at the mere mention of altering the land in any way.The law stipulated that at least 30 year’s worth of environmental impact studies would have to take place before any change could be made.
What's even more amazing is what would happen later. In 2004, Snyder had the trees removed. Park Ranger Robert Danno then reported him. For his efforts to uphold the law and the oath of this office, Danno was hounded and eventually demoted as a result. In October 2013, Danno would go on to reach an undisclosed settlement with the Park Service before relocating to Montana to finish out the rest of his carrer with them. Then, in early 2018, Paul Daniel Smith, the person who helped Snyder remove those same trees, was promoted to acting director of the National Parks Service.
An Unsolved Mystery
In 2009, Alan Pohoryles (Alan Poho) began a movement that "hit the ground running." He created a group page on Facebook that would allow Redskins fans to voice their outrage at Daniel Snyder and his dysfunctional operations of the team. The page was called RFADS (Redskins Fans Against Dan Snyder), and it was an immediate success. Literally thousands of fans joined it in a very short period of time. It was really taking off, and it offered a new hope that Redskins fans would finally have the opportunity to send a clear voice to the front office. Then, in late 2010, just after the Redskins were embarrassed on Monday Night Football 59-28 by the Philadelphia Eagles, the RFADS page suddenly vanished from Facebook without explanation. Alan was never able to learn why, and it was a frustating blow to the fans and to a cause that seemed to hold some promise for change. I along with many other fans encouraged Alan to bring the page back. He eventually did, but this time, it didn't have the same momentum as before. These kinds of incidents are what has taken so much away from what has been a very loyal and passionate fan base. I've heard many stories during these last twenty years about lifelong fans whose loyalty has been eroded to the point of not renewing season tickets and destroying fan merchandise is disgust. Season after season, promises and hope fall into items of play, and we simply "have to wait until next year," and even then it doesn't get better.
Alan recently gave me contol of the Facebook Group page, and I decided to give it the same name as this website. Check us out by clicking here.