Post Sports Live is a broadcast that streams live every Tuesday at 11am on www.washingtonpost.com and features Washington Post ‘s Mike Wise, Jason Reid, and Jonathan Forsythe. This past Thursday kicked off a fall series for Post Sports Live. This fall the show’s panel will be live at Hill Country Barbecue Market located in the Penn Quarter near the Verizon Center. The panel will discuss all things DC Sports. That’s right Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and Washington Nationals will be topics. Capital One Bank sponsors this series.
I attended the kick off event on Thursday October 10th. The topic: The Promise & The Patience: A Conversation about RGIII. Washington Redskins beat reporter Mike Jones also joined the Post Sports Live panel. There were passed hors d’oeuvre and an open bar for beer and wine.
In this session the panelists and audience covered a variety of topics. The discussion started by taking a look back at the Seattle game in which RGIII was injured, requiring surgery on his knee. There was a lot of controversy regarding if RGII should have been in the game at the time of his injury because he appeared to already to less effective and pretty banged up. Many people felt Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan should have pulled RGIII out of the game. The panel discussed the interesting relationship between RGIII and Mike Shanahan. One of the biggest questions of the night was who REALLY has the power: head coach Mike Shanahan or the RGIII who is the apple of Dan Snyder’s (owner of the Redskins) eye?
The panel took questions from the audience as the topic moved toward this season and how the Redskins are underperforming based on expectations coming off of last season. I agreed with Jason Reid who also mentioned that some ownership of this issue should go to RGIII who set some of those high expectations himself with his All in for Week 1 campaign and his ESPN documentary highlighting his surgery and recovery. Now that the team is not performing, how much time before the fans will blame him?
My question to the panel was: “If this season is a bust, who is really to blame: RGIII or the defense?” Many people in the crowd responded in agreement to my point that the problem with this year’s Redskins is the defense. Last year the defense was awful, but RGIII was able to masque that issue. Now that he is in recovery, the same bad defense is exposed. That’s the real issue in my opinion. 2/3 panelists agreed with me in that the defense is more of an issue. One panelist still maintained that the teams success or downfall should stick with RGIII. I think that is asking a lot of one player.
Overall the discussion was fun and the panel was very engaging. I am looking forward to attending more of the events this fall. Here are the dates:
Tuesday October 29th, Wednesday November 6th, Wednesday November 20th, Tuesday December 3rd, and Wednesday December 10th