I found this on Deadspin.
It's about Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins, but there was one paragraph that resonated with me as an Orioles fan.
"There are many bad franchises out there in the sports world, but there is a distinct difference between a franchise being shitty and a franchise being utterly hopeless. Even historically bad teams like Arizona are able to shine on occasion. No, I'm talking about the Raiders, Clippers, and Orioles of the world. I'm talking about franchises that have no hope of turning things around because the man who owns the team refuses to relinquish his cold death grip upon it. Those are the truly hopeless teams out there. The teams that refuse to pull themselves out of their own dysfunction. Teams for whom there is no future, just an endless cycle of building up shaky scaffolding and then tearing it back down again."
Despite my displeasure with Dave Trembley's return, I hold out hope that Andy MacPhail has managed to remove Peter Angelos' cold death grip. So far it seems like MacPhail is in complete control, so maybe the Orioles can get off of that list.
As for the Redskins, I grew up in Baltimore after the Colts were gone, but before the Ravens arrived. I was taught by the local grownups that the Redskins were not an appropriate football team to root for in place of a local favorite, so I'm kind of happy with the Snyder regime. That said, I still feel vaguely bad that what was once a great franchise has been brought so low.