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VW Comes to RFK

Things impossible to miss at the Volkswagen-sponsors-D.C. United press event:

* Men in dark-framed glasses.

* The car, with microphone. Apparently, the car is named Max and is something of a TV personality, starring in commercials with Heidi Klum, commercials which led off the press conference. I don't watch TV, so I wouldn't know.

* Bagels and San Pellegrino, neither of which screams "Volkswagen" to me. How about some strudel and St. Pauli next time?

The press release announcing the partnership went out this morning; the highlight is free parking.

"All fans driving to United's match on Thursday, against Chicago, will be treated to complimentary parking, courtesy of the new presenting sponsor. Going forward, the first 50 Volkswagens to enter Lot 4 on gamedays will also be treated to a complimentary spot."

Cleveland fans immediately announced a boycott of Volkswagen, and a demand for 23-cent parking, although I believe that would actually be an increase on typical Cleveland rates. And the Nats, mindful of the free parking, immediately urged D.C. United fans to take Metro.

Oh, and there's a massive United jersey bearing the VW logo draped over like half the seats in RFK, a jersey that will be waved by the supporters following goals, and thus does not need to be taken to road games. Also, fans with now outdated, non-sponsored jerseys can get the VW logo added to their outdated merchandise, free of charge. No word if VW is also offering complimentary VW tattoos, but I don't see why not.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 9:48 AM ET
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Hmmmm...nice on the free parking, but I wouldn't expect to see that giant jersey being unfurled by the Barra anytime soon...they kinda have a thing about their tifo being strictly we might have to pass that one over to the Quiet Side. But hey, that's just my guess, since in no way do my statements reflect the official positions of La Barra Brava. :-)

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 6, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The Mottrams aren't stalking anybody at this event? Unheard of.

Posted by: | May 6, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

they need to get Heidi Klum to RFK to hang w/ the Bug

Posted by: unpimp zee auto | May 6, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Heidi Klum > Lebron James

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"road games" Ouch! At least we know you're paying attention.

Posted by: danj | May 6, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

You're all wrong, this is all just a publicity stunt for the upcoming sequel to Van Wilder, "VW Part Deux: Lewd at Law School".

Posted by: AlecW81 | May 6, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Seal's Face > LBJ23

Posted by: greg | May 6, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is my memory faulty, or has Talon changed his mask? I've never seen him (it?) look so much like Howard the Duck.

Posted by: Alexander Shepherd | May 7, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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