BY: Mike Dones
Growing up in such a diverse culture like the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area; it’s amazing to see what a sense of community the Washington Redskins franchise has provided. And, although our roots are based in success the better half of the past two decades have been spent mostly in disarray. So it’s always interesting to hear that the Redskins are still one of the most profitable franchises in all of sports. In those moments I’m proud of how Skins’ fans have remained so loyal in spite of so much frustration.
And Since I moved to California in 2006 my pride in our fan base has only grown. In both official and unofficial bars the turnout each week for Redskins fans is nothing short of impressive. An official bar called Winston’s located in San Diego hosts the games every Sunday, sporting a large projection screen for easy viewing, go-go music in between commercials, local DMV cuisine that include crab cakes and mumbo sauce, and free shots after each score in accompaniment with the obligatory “Hail to the Redskins!” fight song . It’s an impressive spread for any fan seeking the familiarity of home. But above all of these comforts, is the sense of “normalcy” that comes from cheering amongst a room full of Redskins fans. It’s exciting to know that this community can still thrive from thousands of miles away. It is what sets up apart from most franchises in the NFL, our ability to make anywhere feel like home.