- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 28, 2002

Let's face it, if the Redskins manage to win tomorrow and break their losing streak against the Dallas Cowboys, it will be only a satisfying win in a disappointing season.
On a personal level for Redskins fans, it will mean a lot if Darrell Green's last game as a Redskin is a victory. That would simply be a nice way for one of Washington's finest athletes and men to end his career.
It would be nicer if Green were playing the week after or the week after that or even longer, but he might have to play until he is 52 years old if he waited to bow out in the playoffs. So a win today for Green would be as good as it is going to get for a dramatic exit.
But it won't mean much in the big scheme of things, except that one lousy team beat another lousy team. One once-proud franchise eased its shame slightly, while the other added slightly to it.
And if the Redskins can't beat the Cowboys at FedEx Field, in Darrell Green's last game, in the chaotic state that the Dallas franchise is in, with coach Dave Campo dressed in a lame duck costume, then it is better that Green no longer be part of this embarrassment.
Redskins fans aren't retiring, although for the prices they pay to come to FedEx Field, maybe they should for the way they have been jerked around for the past three years with inflated expectations followed by disappointing results.
Some might say the real Redskins fans did retire after the team left RFK Stadium after the 1996 season, given the comparative lack of passion at FedEx Field. And that passion has certainly gone out of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, as much because of the hard times both franchises have fallen on as well as the Cowboys' dominance of the series over the past five years, beating the Redskins 10 straight times.
Steve Spurrier did what he could early on to fire up the old hatred by declaring when he got hired that he would deliver a win and a game ball for owner Dan Snyder when they played the Cowboys. But all that served to do was to add to the embarrassment of the franchise when the Cowboys won on national television on Thanksgiving Day and all of America seeing Dallas make fun of Spurrier's boast on the stadium's giant television screen.
Assuming Spurrier can hold up his end of this next year and that still remains a big assumption you still need an opponent that will rekindle the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry to its past heights of passion.
That's why Redskins fans should root for Bill Parcells to take the coaching job in Dallas.
Now, that means bringing one of the most successful coaches in recent NFL history leading the Giants to two Super Bowl championships during the golden era of the Joe Gibbs reign in Washington back into the division, and certainly makes it more difficult to win. But rivalries are created through drama, both on and off the field, and Steve Spurrier vs. Bill Parcells has the potential to be a football version of Ali and Frazier.
If both of them are at their best, they are supremely confident, cocky and convinced they are the smartest men on any sideline. Neither would be shy about trading shots, fueling the passion to a boil by game time. What happens if Spurrier tries to run up the score against a Parcells team? You think the Tuna is going to stand for that? It will be war then, baby. The spirits of George Allen and Tom Landry will be revived.
So Redskins fans should be pulling for Parcells to commit the ultimate act of foolish ego convincing himself that he can handle Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and take the coaching job. The losses would be more painful, but the victories would be far sweeter. Either way, it would be better than the numb indifference that now rules the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry.
The alternative is worse. Jones has indicated that another possible choice to coach the Cowboys is Norv Turner, the former Dallas offensive coordinator and current Miami coordinator who spent seven seasons sucking the life out of the Redskins team as their coach. You think it was boring trying to win with Turner as coach? Imagine how excruciating it would be to lose to him.

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