So it's only natural to ask why he'd go slumming and write about football? And why, of all teams, is he all of a sudden a fan of the Washington Huskies? The answer, says the New Yorker's Middle East expert, lies with Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder.
Like ex-Seahawk great Steve Largent before him, Coll has a problem with Snyder. Specifically, he thinks the owner is ruining his first love by turning the Redskins organization into something resembling Zimbabwe: "a failed state, an intractable dictator, and an impotent and suffering populace."
(Jeez it's depressing when smart people start following sports. We would've just gone with the more concise "he's a dick.")
Snyder's incompetence so turned off Coll that last week, while taking in the Huskies 41-13 drubbing at the hands of Oregon, he got a case of the ol' wandering eye. Heck, he even bought a sweatshirt!
Oregon's team is known as the Ducks, and while it is true that in the men's rest rooms, Huskie partisans had scattered scores of plastic and rubber yellow ducks in the long metal troughs that serve as urinals, even this mischief seemed good-natured. I bought a purple University of Washington sweatshirt and thought that perhaps I would follow the team as best as possible from the other Washington.