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Differences between Vikings Fans, 'Bama Fans, and Redskins Fans

So the bar I went to last night, Stars and Stripes, is also a 'Bama bar on Saturdays (in the Tide sense, not the "fashion misfit" sense). (Auburn hearts Bama, in The Auburner, btw.) (Off topic, but what's with the Georgia Tech stormtroopers?)

So the difference between Vikings fans and 'Bama fans?

"It's funny, the young Vikings fans, they come to the games hungover from Friday and Saturday nights going out, they need Coke and diet Coke right off the bat," proprietress Dana Lenehan told me after everyone left last night. "The older Vikings fans treat it like their living room; they like to sit around and drink beer and they're grateful. Look at the floor. Nothing on the floor. Alabama comes in and trashes the place, beer bottles on the floor, cigarettes on the floor, pom poms. I mean, it's trashed. A fun kind of trashed, but trashed. We run out of Red Bull, we run out of Jack Daniels."

True, 'Bama fans? I will say that Daunte Culpepper spent the whole game reading The Post. The A section, even. True living room behavior.

As for the main difference between Vikings fans and Redskins fans, try this: Vikings fans complain that every flag is an extreme injustice and a borderline conspiracy. Redskins fans, on the other hand, complain that every flag is an extreme injustice and a borderline conspiracy. I mean, if you ever wanted to be convinced that there's no such thing as objective truth in this universe, go watch a Redskins-Vikings game with a few Alan Pages, a Daunte Culpepper and a Jimmy Kleinsasser, and then spend a few minutes on Redskins message boards.

Like, when Sean Taylor is whistled for a personal foul, a Vikings fan will call him a thug and say "it's about time we got a call," and a Redskins fan will write this: "It is absolute [bleepin] [bleep]." Vikings fans will see the graphics on the number of penalties and complain that they're being singled out, while Redskins fans will write this: "It's a conspiracy. Washington needs to blow every team out of the water so that all the bad officiating in the world will not save the opponent." Vikings fans will accuse the announcers of being homers, and the media of overhyping the Redskins, like so: "If you're a fan of anybody but the Redskins you have to endure the hype, the self-promotion, the TV, the radio. The media hypes the team more than any other city in the U.S." Redskins fans, needless to say, have not jumped all over themselves in praise of the local media.

Here's what they agree on: they all hated Jamie Foxx in the TV booth, they all wanted the camera to focus on the game and not the actors, and they all have had their slightly gloomy moments. Alan Page No. 2 spent much of last night with his head in his hands, looking like someone had just dropped a dumpster on his puppy; at one point, he clutched his dinner knife somewhat menacingly. And a Redskins fan wrote this this morning: "I'm about to just put a gun to my head :("

(And what's this, a late entry to the "Does it really mean this much to you?" sweepstakes? Anonymous Maryland fan, you'd like to say something?

"never in my 20 or so years as a terps football fan have i been so unbelievably fired up for WVa..............i literally havent slept a full night for well over a week .........i cant stop thinking / reading about means so damn much")

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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