From the FedEx Lots: Parts VI and VII
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 VI: The Sneakers
Good gracious this was a long series. Anyhow, meet 37-year-old Glenn Klaus of Alexandria. He wanted to make some burgundy and gold custom Nikes a few years ago. Wanted them to read "Fight" and "4OldDC." That wasn't allowed, because of D.C. Shoes. So instead he figured he'd get "Hail" and "Victory." But there was a six-character max.
That's why his very fine burgundy and gold kicks read "Hail" and "Victry." Which I think is better, anyhow. They cost about $100. He's been wearing 'em for three years, before the NFL started selling its own team sneaks.
"I had to go my own way," Glenn said. "These make much more of a statement, I think." I agree, but still, I wanted to know what the statement was, exactly.
"Um, gold," Glenn said, which was a good answer.
Part VII: The Aftermath
When we finally left the stadium at around 8:30, this shell of a tent was there to haunt our dreams. Insert the usual conclusion here: you know, if everyone on earth had died last night and aliens had landed in the D.C. area, aside from the typical questions--just how many yuppies can fit into 10-square blocks of Mass Ave. condos, what happened to the greens at Hains Point, exactly where is the Purple Line--you have to figure they'd take a look at this spaceship-like structure in Landover, and then look at this strange contraption out in the lots, just beyond the engraved reserved spaces, surrounded by grease stains and piles of charred briquettes, and sort of wonder, huh?
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