It’s time for another home game, and the Redskins couldn’t be in a better position! I won’t use the phrase “trap game” for fear of offending DW, but this week will be a test of a different sort for Washington. The last two weeks, we got to see if the Redskins could hang with the best teams in the NFL. We found out that not only could they hang, but they can win and win convincingly.
This week, we start to find out if they can win the games they’re supposed to win. We get to see if they can put a bad team away and finish the job. We can see if they have the discipline to not let them pull an upset.
The weather is supposed to be in the 70′s and clear, so there’s no reason not to get out there and enjoy what is likely to be another home victory. Arrive early and drink to the Skins and let’s celebrate! The NFC East is the toughest division in all of football; it’s not often that you can go into enemy territory in back to back weeks and pull out an upset. Enjoy this moment!
And that brings me to this week’s tip. I realized that I had overlooked the most fundamental rule of tailgating. It’s basic, but much more important than grills or wide screen television hookups or even — yes I’m going to say it — even more important than BEER.
More than anything, you need true fans and true friends to celebrate the game with you. I’ve had memorable games equipped with nothing more than a paper cup of hot water on a miserable icy, rain-soaked day, but I couldn’t have done it without my buddy Jon. It turned out to be one of the most memorable games ever because I was with a real fan. We didn’t need any fancy gear or gimmicks, but it wouldn’t have been the same without Jon there. We were the only crazy bastards still out in the freezing rain watching a meaningless week 17 matchup against Arizona, but WE WERE THERE dammit, and we were shouting for our team despite our hypothermia. And you know what? The Redskins came back and won that game! It was glorious.
Jon (pictured above, left) is a true tailgating veteran. You’ll see a lot of pictures of him in the tailgating pictures because we go to all the games together. His heart bleeds burgundy and gold, and truth be told he deserves a lot of the credit for many of the innovations you read about in this segment. Having a buddy who’s a real fan and capable of planning, organizing, preparing, and running a proper tailgate with you is the single most valuable asset you can possibly have. Treat such friends well because they are like gold.
So here’s to Jon and all the other veteran tailgaters who make these trips to Fed Ex so much better! Jon, I’ll see you at 8am Sunday. I’ll bring the ice.