From the FedEx Lots, Part III
The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a good way. Note: if you're included in any of these items, I'm not talking about you. And by the way, D.C. was ranked 12th among the 31 NFL cities for tailgating prowess in a survey released today. Baltimore was first.
Part III: The Praying Dolls
I drove to yesterday's game with my boss, WaPo sports editor and WTWP radio personality Emilio Garcia-Ruiz. When our car first entered the green lot, I spotted a white car immediately on our left.
"Oh my goodness," I thought to myself, "why are there two young children wearing Redskins garb plastered on the windshield of that car in the midst of this outrageous heat?"
But no, it turned out they were not children but dolls, "Praying Dolls," as their owner, Clinton resident Georgia Massey, explained to me. She buys them from a lady who sets up her wares at a P.G. County Exxon station. You can buy dolls that are covered with the insignias of other teams, or with cartoon characters, or with little hearts.
The dolls--which are actually called "Punish Dolls"--are meant to sit humorously, facing the corner. That's why they don't have any faces, which is a harrowing sight, to be sure. I can easily envision a horror movie starring Redskins-clothed faceless "Punish Dolls." Tagline: "This time, the dolls punish back."
But Georgia takes advantage of their posture to use them as Praying Dolls, helping greater D.C. beseech the Almighty for a few Redskins wins here and there. She started doing this last season. If you recall, the Redskins won five times last season. I suggested that maybe the Praying Dolls didn't work.
"Yeah, well, they're still praying," she said. "It helps me not pray, because I know my babies are praying. Now, I'm still praying myself too, don't get me wrong, but the more the merrier."
"When we win, I hug 'em, kiss 'em," she added.
"And you don't have to feed them," pointed out Tom Massey.
"That's right, these are the babies to have," Georgia agreed.
[Note: Some in the Massey family tailgate remembered me from when I used to sit on-set of Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live with a wireless keyboard in my lap. They actually loved that segment. Just an FYI for any CSN producers out there.]
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