In 2001, Hunter S. Thompson attempted to warn the football world about a threat that had emerged in the form of Dan Snyder, who ended up in the crosshairs of the legendary writer just two years after purchasing the team now known as the Washington Commanders.
In the column, the godfather of gonzo journalism asserted the billionaire was simply interested in squeezing as much money as possible out of a franchise he described as”a gang of squabbling losers with no pride and no shame and no hope at all of anything but failure for the next 20 years.”
Like many of Thompson’s observations, that prophetic musing aged impeccably when you consider the misery fans of the team have been subjected to for decades thanks in no small part to its widely reviled owner.
Snyder has spent years resisting increasingly voluminous calls to sell the franchise, but he finally changed his tune in the wake of a series of high-profile scandals that ultimately resulted in the Commanders hitting the market.
Last week, it appeared Snyder had struck a deal to sell the team to an ownership group led by Josh Harris for $6 billion.
Things took a bit of a twist after another suitor reportedly offered to one-up them to the tune of $7 billion, so while it’s unclear when a transaction will be finalized, it’s evident it’s become a matter of “when” as opposed to “if.”
One brewery located just outside of Washington, D.C. has wasted no time taking a somewhat premature victory lap, as Fox5 reports Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia is commemorating the momentous occasion with “Bye Dan,” an IPA it jokingly describes as tasting “like 23 years of bitterness.”
Fresh off the presses/canning line, the folks at Old Ox Brewery want to say a big #ByeDan! Come grab a 4-pack today to celebrate! pic.twitter.com/y20CPivOUB
— Old Ox Brewery (@OldOxBrewery) April 14, 2023
The first run of cans of the Snyder-inspired beer quickly sold out, but Old Ox says it’s currently gearing up to produce a second batch and still has pours of the beer available at its taproom for any fans who are looking for an appropriate way to celebrate.