Fed Ex Field=Heinz Field?!


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I’m not mad that we got completely dominated in every phase of the game, I’m not mad that Jason Campbell looked god awful and had his first two interceptions of the year, I’m not mad that we got beat by backup quarterback Byron Leftwich.  No, I am mad at all of US, the supposed diehard skins fans that attended the game on Monday night.   How can we let fans from another team come into our house and take over?  This is inexcusable for a primetime game and arguably one of the biggest games of our season.  I hate to say it but this type of thing would never happen at the Linc, no one would have the balls to come into their stadium waving a terrible towel.  If they did they would immediately be called out, if not thrown out.  The MNF crew called us out several times and Kornheiser was making jokes all night about us saying things like “the 80,000 Steeler fans that showed up.”  Has it really come to this RedskinS fans?  Do we really have a soft fan base?  I refuse to accept it, I know of many, many diehard fans that would not let this happen.  We as fans need to step back during this bye week and reflect on what just happened.  This cannot happen again, and we better be fired up for the Dallas game.

Tags: Fans Speak Up True Fans

  • STEELERS ROCK

    Skins you have to Love us..Deep in side,,You know you do..Steelers Nation…Were Every were..Look for us comeing to every ones home town soon..

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I wouldn’t be too proud there SR.  Numerically you’re definitely the best fans traveling on the road that I’ve seen at Fed Ex, and you even behaved yourself in the stadium.  But outside in the parking lot was another matter.

    Every car sporting Redskins flags or stickers in our entire parking section had been vandalized.  Our Redskins car flag had been ripped off and destroyed and we consider ourselves lucky.  Several people had their radio antenna bent or broken off.  Not cool. What are you, Eagles fans?

    That said, I’m ashamed at our lack of team support.  I’m ashamed that so many of us sold tickets to the enemy on such a key matchup when the Redskins are doing so well.  It was like an away game for them.  The only saving grace was that (1) the Steelers colors (gold) looked kinda like the Redskins colors anyway, and (2) the Steelers fans really liked to make noise when the Steelers were on offense, which suited me just fine.

    Is it that hard to sell a ticket to a Redskins fan? There’s plenty of Redskins fans out there who don’t have tickets.  Better yet, JUST GO YOURSELF.  Your team needs you!  Shame on all of us!

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Oh and by the way, I’m not sure if I missed the announcement or if it was just stealthily done, but everyone please welcome Justin to our staff ranks!

    Justin, welcome aboard! Shoot me an email when you get a chance so we can touch base. Great stuff so far!

  • Dustin

    Redskins Guy, I was ashamed to read that cars were being vandalized in the parking lots.  I’ve been to some Steeler road games and the Steeler fans there just kept to themselves.  I guess when there’s that many people in an away stadium the idiot gene takes over.

    But the number of Steeler fans couldn’t come as that big of a surprise.  FedEx has the highest seating capacity of all 31 stadiums in the NFL so there’s always going to be tickets available.  Furthermore, everyone knows that away games for Pittsburgh always attract at LEAST 10% of Steeler fans and putting the game in the national spotlight is only going to increase the demand for tickets.  Redskins fans knew this and knew they could make a pretty penny selling their tickets, especially when Snyder ties in a ticket/parking pass deal and gets a portion of (I believe) all ticket sales made by Redskin ticket holders to other fans.

    And trust me, there are some people in Pittsburgh who know how to spell correctly and use proper grammar (yeah, we’re few and far between but so what) unlike Steelers Rock.

    So in 10-15 years when the Steelers go back to FedEx, I hope our numbers are greater than they were on Monday, but also that the fans respect everyone else’s property.  No excuse for that type of behavior.

  • http://riggosrag.com JTFuhr

    Well said Dustin, thanks for coming to the rag to show some class.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Thanks for the comments Dustin.  Definitely everyone at the stadium was well behaved.  I’m willing to chalk it up to a few rotten apples.

    As for the percentages, I could have lived with 10%.  I expected the Steelers to have a presence.  I know they have loyal fands who travel well, and we’re just a 5 hour drive away. 

    I’m not sure what the actual statistics were but it seemed more like 25-30% steelers fans, which was completely humiliating.  I felt like *I* was cheering for the away team and not them.  I watched the yellow flags waving and hoped that we could match them with our own burgundy flags to make them look like Redskins colors but there was just sooo many of you guys. 

    It was overwhelming.  And it was sad that so many of our fans decided to make a few bucks instead of supporting their team.  I don’t think Steelers fans would ever do that to the Steelers.  I used to think Redskins fans were up there in the top echelon of fandom, but that’s just not the case.  Not anymore.  It was a sad day for us.

  • Thickman22

    You may want to suggest to Mr. Snyder that he reduce ticket, parking and concession prices.  And maybe go easy on all of the over-sensory advertising at the stadium during the game.  If a team is treated solely like a revenue generating machine and not a collective spirit of individuals playing and watching that represent a proud city and a tradition, real fans are unlikely to step up at a game or even come.  Football in Washington has changed – and certainly not for the better.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    That may be true, but there were plenty of Redskins fans looking for tickets.  I saw them.  If you must sell, would it have killed you to sell them to local residents instead of — for example — pittsburgh residents?  And if you dislike the experience, why do you have season tickets in the first place?

    I’m not arguing with you about the advertising and prices, but it’s not like we can control that.  We DO have some ability to control our own collective behavior.  I’ve been embarrassed of our front office and the owner before.  I’ve been ashamed of our quarterback, or offensive line, and other parts of our team.  When Joe Gibbs called two time outs in a row, I felt sad our beloved coach could be so inept. But this is one of the first times I’ve been ashamed of our fan base as a whole. 

    Even if the Redskins organization does sell out, that doesn’t mean that the fans have to follow suit. 

  • ex-harcore fan

    If your “buddy” little Dan continues to gouge the fanbase, what do you expect? I would rather sit at home with a better view, pay none of his outrageous parking, tickets and concessions for a mediocre product which due to poor planning takes all day to get to and home from. I am not spending my hard earned money to support his pet project. I was a hardcore fan when you were playing but this little man has worn out my patience and wallet. I might buy tickets if the game gets blacked out due to lack of sales. Other than that Danny can choke on them!!!

  • LifelongSkins

    I gotta agree…My Dad has had season tix since before he had me (I’m pushin 50) and our family together has 6 seats.  With the prices Dan is charging now, we have to pick and choose which games we go to…wish it were different…

    When we sell our tickets, we sell to friends who I know will be good citizens at the field – regardless of which team they’re rooting for…I have other friends who have had problems selling to those they don’t know (either Skins or visitor fans)…

  • Yair R

    Come on now…there are 90,000 seats at FedEx field, you can’t honestly expect there not to be a ton of opposing fans? Im a season ticket holder and go to every game.  The only reason why this is such a big deal is b/c this game was on monday night football in front of a national TV audience.  If this were a sunday 1pm game, nobody would have noticed. Steelers fans are the #1 most well-traveled group in the country. Everyone knows that.

    See this article:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/preview08/columns/story?id=3530077

    It doesnt help that theyre only a 3 hour 45 minute drive from DC/MD either.  Ever go to a Caps-Penguins game at Verizon? Its a 60/40 split at best. If this were RFK or in D.C.  A Redskins sellout means 70,000 there, 20,000 open.  Stop complaining about the fans and complain about Jack Kent Cooke and his retarded idea to build a stadium in Landover with 90,000 seats. About the only thing Snyder and the rest of Skins nation see eye to eye on is the idea of moving the Redskins back to D.C. in the future (ever notice why there is no big titantron in the stadium? Snyder doesnt want to put anymore money into that monstrosity). Stop blaming Skins fans for the embarrassment last monday night. Im sure those terrible towels would far less visible had it not been for the embarrassing on the field.

  • SM

    ex-harcore fan hit the nail on the head.  It’s the very same reason I don’t come to games any more (and I’ve been a fan since ’78)

    $35 to park in the lot of some office building that’s so far from the stadium that you have to take a shuttle bus.  THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS FOR THIS????  Utterly ridiculous, and an insult to Redskin fans everywhere.  We should be able to go to games without feeling like we’ve been bent over and violated by little Danny Snyder.  I honestly hope the stadium is overrun by Cowboys fans on Sunday night.  Maybe things will finally start to sink in for our billionaire owner.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    SM, I hear what you and Lifelong are saying, but I think you’re missing the point.  It’s not like the Redskins are having trouble selling out season tickets.  If you don’t want to spend the money, I can’t blame you one bit.  Don’t spend the money if you don’t want to!

    But if you do decide to spend the money, cheer for your team and go whenever possible! If you can’t go, then sell to Redskins fans, or at least good football fans like Lifelong does. 

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    And Yair, I go to the games as well, and I’m used to having local teams come in some numbers.  I’ve also been to Sunday night and Monday Night and Christmas eve games as well.  Never ever have I seen so many enemy fans in our house.  It wasn’t just an issue of the size of our stadium; nor was it our proximity to Pittsburgh or the fact that this was a monday night game.  Or even that it was a blowout. 

    I remember the Redskins got killed on Monday night at Fed Ex against the playoff-bound Eagles a few years back.   I think it was in week 2 of the season, so I was still full of hope that the team could be good that year.   I was sad that the skins lost, but I didn’t feel like I did last monday.  Philly’s even closer to us than Pittsburgh and they’re hated rivals with more obnoxious fans.  It was a monday night blowout just like this one.  Yet they didn’t have the numbers or the presence like the Steelers did last week. 

    Yeah, Dan Snyder likes to grab us by the ankles and shake us upside down until all our money falls out of our pockets.  Yeah, the Redskins looked terrible last week.  We’ve lived through the Redskins looking terrible before (anyone else remember Tony Banks?), and we’ve lived through Dan Snyder’s reign of terror against our pocketbooks.  But I never thought we’d see the day when we got outcheered on our own damn field. 

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  • Alaniod

    Brace yourself! Here comes thousands of fans wearing the Steel Blue & Silver. All flights, all airlines from DFW to DC are sold out on Sunday.  The late kikcoff makes this a very attrictive travel game for Cowboy fans. For the Cowboys, the season is over without a win on Sunday.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I’ve seen Dallas fans at their worst.  I’m not too worried about their fans.  Their team on the other hand…

    God it’ll be glorious if we win.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i’ve never seen or heard commotion and excitement over a football game as this one. wow, the usually confined cowboy fans at texas stadium are probably not making the trip. it’ll be the balls to the walls cowboy fan that shows up at fed ex…….the conservative cowboy fan has shut his mouth and sat his ass down, a little disturbed and overwhelmed, but the badassed diehard cowboy fans are still standin, and we’re the ones that are gonna grab this bull by the horns and fight like hell for our team. we AIN”T goin down. this team has too much talent and pride. and we true fans ain’t gonna watch quietly either. this is what i’ve always loved about my cowboys. we’ve been down as an organization in the past, but we have the “comeback” ability like NO other. that is what other teams have always hated and feared about the dallas cowboys…….here we come

  • ALL FANS SHOULD ENJOY

    OK RIGO I SEE YOUR TRYING TO HYPE THE GAME AND GETTING REDSKIN FANS AMPED BUT ALL FANS COWBOYS AND SKINS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ENJOY A GAME NOT WORRYING ABOUT DRUNK FOOLS RUINING THAT STARTING FIGHTS AND BOTHERING OTHERS JUST RELAX AND LET US ENJCY THE BOYS VICTORY

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I absolutely agree that everyone should be allowed to enjoy the game.  Nobody here is encouraging anyone to do anything except cheer hard for the Redskins.  This is the most important game of the year for both teams, which is exactly the way it should be! How sweet it is! Hail Redskins!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    oh yeah, i would never go someplace for a game lookin to fight…..i’m not that way. i’m a good loud cheerin football fan that enjoys the game. i’ve been swore at and spit on and had beer thrown on me at games, but i’ve never retalliated to that point. i’ve just sat back and smiled as stadium security has kindly escorted their ass out the excits. i wondered at the” vet ” if some assholes were waiting for me at the gates after the game, but i learned that they are to be removed completely from the premisses after they have been fined at the stadium??? and that ensures a good game to be had by all fans, the way it should be…….good luck skins fans, it should be a good game