June 12 2012; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and Redskins quarterback Jonathan Crompton (3) prepare to throw a ball during Redskins Minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Remember the good old days of packing up the family sedan and taking that wonderful drive to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to see your Redskins get ready for the season? Perhaps you’re a bit younger and remember the long, winding adventure to Ashburn, Virginia and parking on the side of a major highway just to walk twenty minutes to Redskins Park. For a Prince George’s County native such as myself, either trip was going to be a long one, but neither will compare to the hike that will be bestowed upon us in 2013. 118.4 miles and approximately two hours and fifteen minutes away from Fed Ex Field is where the new facility will likely be located. The physical move itself isn’t the only issue at hand, there’s also the matter of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell cutting a deal with the Redskins behind the backs of “Virginia’s top legislative budget writing and oversight counsel” (article courtesy of WashingtonPost.com)
The good news is that the move is only for training camp. The Redskins will remain at their facility in Ashburn for some time but have also looked into moves back to DC and possibly Prince George’s County. The other upside of them leaving town training camp is that they’ll have the chance to bond. I know, cheesy, but sometimes it can really work. This year the team has a new quarterback, new receivers, draft picks, etc. Maybe living together in dorms on a college campus can bring these guys together in a way that Redskins fans haven’t seen since their days in Carlisle or at Frostburg. Who knows?
For the average fan that doesn’t attend training camp, none of this matters so long as the burgundy and gold put up more W’s on the board.
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