On rare occasions, though, it will go farther that, tapping us gently on the shoulder, as if to say, "Pardon me, I believe this is what you are looking for."
I admit to such a Redskins-related moment today.
For the past few days I had been thinking in vague, general terms about the confluence of events that have happened to, in and around my favorite sports franchise since Head Coach Jim Zorn left the building in January. In no certain order of importance and by no means exclusively ...
Enter GM Bruce Allen, Son of George.
Enter Mike Shanahan, Coach of Reknown, riding in to Much Fanfare.
Enter The Over the Hill Gang, 2.0, an increasingly evident assemblage of veteran players from elsewhere, brought in to man key positions, and the Future is Now expectations such an approach inescapably brings.
Consider a Washington Redskins franchise, not far removed from another brief flirtation with return to glory, swinging for the fences again before all momentum is lost:
• Prior to Hall of Fame Head Coach George Allen's arrival in 1971 the Redskins enjoyed a very brief renaissance under legendary Hall of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardi, who died tragically after just one season at the helm of the burgundy and gold. Before Lombardi, suffice it to say that the Redskins had not tasted glory for a very long time.
• Two years prior to future Hall of Fame Head Coach Mike Shanahan's arrival in 2010, the Redskins enjoyed a brief renaissance under returning legend and Hall of Fame Head Coach Joe Jackson Gibbs, who suddenly and prematurely resigned due to personal reasons. Before Gibbs II, suffice it to say the Redskins had not tasted glory for a very long time.
And then, just last week, Son of George threw open the doors of Redskins Park to its Players Past, an event rendered significant only by the fact that for the past decade, said alumni had been proactively, tragi-comically held at arms distance by their
I think you get the drift ...