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Cowboys Fans at Training Camp

Today was apparently "take your kooky friends and neighbors to camp" day. Everywhere I looked, there was blue and white, starting at the front gate, where 18-year-old Dallas fan Chase Hicks cautiously entered camp wearing a backwards Cowboys hat, a Troy Aikman jersey and a Cowboys watch. In summers past, he had come to training camp undercover, wearing neutral clothing or even Redskins apparel, but this year his boss at a Ukrop's in Richmond had offered him $20 for producing photographic evidence that he entered Redskins Park wearing Dallas gear.

"I'm just waiting for that day to get my money," he said.

"That's if he makes it out of here alive," his aunt, Carol Sayyar, said. "I'm serious, he's gonna get a beat down. Believe me, I tried to talk him out of it. It didn't work."

"Carol, I love you," he later said, trying to hug his aunt.

"Back off," she replied.

In the distance were true believers wearing "Dallas Sucks" shirts, or better yet, "Jesus Hates the Cowboys."

Next to Chase proudly stood 9-year-old Gunner Hicks, wearing Romo. A plainclothed Dallas fan came up to Chase and shook his hand; "thank you," he said quietly. Gunner wandered off and didn't reappear for a few moments; "probably got beat up in the parking lot," his older brother said. Eleven-year-old Wyatt Mulroney approached, looking as if he had just spotted George Will entering YearlyKos; "you guys are, like, Cowboy fans???" Wyatt said, disbelievingly.

But they weren't alone. On the other side of the spectator area stood Andy Rodriguez, in a Terrell Owens jersey. He had driven to Ashburn from South Texas with his friend Ronnie Gomez, a lifelong Redskins fan who had never been to training camp.

"I told him if he gets me thrown out of here, I'll never forgive him," Gomez said.

And lo, here came 54-year-old Benny Gaines sweating through his Roy Williams jersey; "there's another dummy," Sayyar said. "I don't want to be mistaken for a Redskins fan," Gaines explained.

It was a lot of heat to take in exchange for watching a team you don't like, but none of the Cowboys fans reported anything worse than mild taunts from the largely burgundy crowd. I figured the sun was too oppressive for rabble-rousing, but Gaines had another reason.

"They're not selling alcohol here," he pointed out.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 5:09 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Anytime I see a cowboys fan in a Roy Williams jersey I point behind him/her and yell "there goes Santana Moss".

Posted by: onside kick | August 6, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I think I know that last guy, Benny Gaines. He probably brought his own alcohol. ;)

Posted by: Prophet | August 6, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Only Cowboys Fans would be so lame as to invade Redskins Training Camp. To help celebrate Michael Irvin's induction into the hall of fame, check out this summary of his crimial career...

Posted by: The Fun Bunch | August 6, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Whether you are a Cowboys fan or a Skins fan, Eastern Motors is still the only place where your job is your credit.

Posted by: | August 7, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

As a die hard Skins fan that lives in the DFW area, I cherish the annual trek to enemy turf to see the Skins play the Cowgirls in TX Stadium. This is the one time each year I bring out the Doug Williams throwback!

Posted by: SkinsFanFromDallas | August 7, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

dudes are lucky that unsilent majority wasn't around ... or me, for that matter ...

Posted by: littles | August 7, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes, my 2 sons were at Redskins camp monday wearing Dallas attire. So what!They always come to camp with their aunt and uncle who are diehard Redskin fans. What would football be without some rivalry!It makes great family fun on gamedays.They were not there to cause any trouble, but to show their support for the game and to see what training camp is all about!Our family really enjoyed the article which was well written.My thanks to Dan.

Posted by: Dad | August 8, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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