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Fight for Old Baltimore

By Jason Woodmansee

[Before I even start, I need to recognize the brilliant efforts of the Washington Post’s own Dan Steinberg, who had the guts to ask Coach Shanahan and the players about the white pants they wore last week. You can’t ask for more, reporting-wise. That being said, if the Redskins don’t wear the gold pants on Sunday night I will lose my fool mind.]

I know it isn’t always popular to consider the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area as one place. There doesn’t seem to be anyone who likes the Redskins and Ravens and Orioles and Nationals. I posed the question on Twitter, and got responses like “I hate the Orioles because they actively fought DC baseball and stole the Nats TV rights. I hope the O's move to Montreal” (@doubleuefwhy) and “I Hate Ravens because I listened to B'More folks cry about Indy ‘stealing’ Colts, then did it to Cleveland.” (@billdollins) The nicest thing I heard was “I consider Ravens and Nats local teams that I'll support, in the same way I guess I support Canada.” (@Prather)

Maybe it’s because I live 3,000 miles away now, but I look back on Washington and Baltimore with near equal fondness. I am a Redskins fan and an Orioles fan. I miss steamed crabs and Camden Yards. I’m nostalgic about the monuments and having to wear a suit in stifling humidity. But my equal love of both cities seems to be unique.

When I filled out the application to blog here, they asked me to check my favorite teams. The first thing I noticed was that the University of Maryland was available, but not The George Washington University (no Georgetown either -- stick it, Hoyas). But the most glaring omission was that there was no “Orioles” check box. It’s hard to believe that The Washington Post doesn’t cover the Orioles anymore -- I can’t tell you how many Boswell columns I read about the O’s over the years. It was The Washington Post that broke the story that Cal Ripken was retiring. Let this be a warning -- when I’m not talking about uniform pants, I’m gonna slip some GW and Orioles stuff in here.

Which gets me back to my original point (I think). This week the Redskins play the Colts. Sure, we should root against the Colts because they are playing the Redskins, and winning this game would important for division standing...blah blah blah. But we should also root against the Colts because they moved out of Baltimore in the middle of the night. And they moved to a tiny city somewhere in one of the flyover states. And this caused a terrible chain reaction resulting in the Browns leaving Cleveland for Baltimore, leaving behind an even more terrible Browns team in their place.

Let’s win this one for Charm City, hon.

By Box Seats blogger  | October 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  | Tags:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  
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Posted by: Zornado | October 15, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's to Balmore

Posted by: justicio | October 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

D.C. and Baltimore aren't the same place. I can take the Metro to Nationals Park, Verizon Center and well, FedEx Field if I don't mind walking (I don't). I can't do that for the Baltimore teams.

The main argument, rooting against Indy is sticking up for Baltimore is one I make too. I may not like the Orioles, but having their football heritage stolen by a drunk was terrible indignity that they did not deserve. Had Angelos not been so-anti D.C. baseball, I'd be ambivalent about the O's.

Go Redskins

Posted by: doubleuefwhy | October 15, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess you we were not around for Texas Rangers Senators and Frank Howard, etc. I was and I was a season ticket holder from 68-70. I viewed quite a few Orioles games during the interregnum but I was never a fan. I have never nor will I ever live in Baltimore. We in DC were sympathtic to Baltimores plight and never ewver said they were not a "football town." The Squire never claimed the city as part of Redskin territory. Yet, season after season we DC er's were mocked for not being a baseball town and Angelo's said DC was part of his market. Charm City was got the owner it deserves. Now if the NATS can just get rid of the damn TV contract.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | October 15, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Got no love for Balmer...none at all. Overpriced ticket to see the O's, Ravens main man got away with murder. Charm City? Ha! go clean out that cesspool of an Inner Harbor.Half the town you'd get mugged walking around in. Most of all is the hypocrisy of carping for years about the Colts stealing away in the middle of the night then you do the same thing to Cleveland and don't give a crap about their feelings. Modell is the MAN in your eyes. He stole out of town in the middle of the night to make you happy once more. Hypocrites. Plain and simple.

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | October 15, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

This is typical of the Post using a blogger who does not live here to ask a question that is stupid to ask.

Posted by: CBinDC | October 16, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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