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Skins Code of Conduct: the DTC Responds

Ok, last Fan Code of Conduct item of the week, I promise. But this is sort of interesting.

When I talked to Diageo EVP Guy Smith about the Redskins Fan Code of Conduct that his company is sponsoring, he specifically mentioned the HBO Real Sports segment that showed members of the Dead Tree Crew pounding Crown Royal--a Diageo product--before a Skins game last season.

"That created some imagery that wasn't good for the Redskins, it wasn't good for Redskins fans and it certainly wasn't good for Diageo, and it was some distance from what all of us want to show," he told me.

I quickly got an e-mail from Chris Ferrarese, aka the Mayor of FedEx Field and one of the DTC's leaders. "If Diageo Executive Vice President Guy Smith could form an opinion on the DTC based on 25 seconds of video footage, maybe his opinion could change based on this 30 seconds of video footage," he wrote to me, arguing his group has "done nothing but enjoy the delicious taste of Crown Royal at FedEx Field."

More to the point, the footage referenced shows the Mayor having a quite lucid discussion with the the HBO producers about designated drivers, and that. He very clearly told them that he arranges for a designated driver at every home game, to make sure all his people get home safe. Not surprisingly, that didn't make the final edit--which doesn't invalidate anything else that HBO showed, but which at least makes you feel better about humanity. Luckily, a DTC member caught the footage, and they put it up this week.

"The DTC will continue to drink Crown Royal before each and every home game," Ferrarese wrote me, "and will also continue to have a designated driver for each and every home game."

(Warning: the music in the background of this clip has some objectionable language. You're welcome, boss.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

HBO and the NFL need to get off the DTC and the Redskins fans backs

www.fdacowboys.blogspot.com

Posted by: G20 FdaCowboys | September 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Kwame Kilpatrick sighs in retrospect.

Posted by: StetSports.com | September 11, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

SEGREGATE THE FANS
this works in Europe and works at DC United games. Before going to games, some of us like to get very blotto and yell obscenities. some people like to sit with their kids and eat hot dogs. both parties coexist at DCU games because there is an "ultras" side of the stadium and a "family" side of the stadium. I dont see why this is not applicable to the NFL

Posted by: Skins in Sichuan | September 11, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!

Posted by: DolemiteJenkins | September 11, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

They.Still.Suck.A.Big.D***.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

SEGREGATE THE FANS
this works in Europe and works at DC United games. Before going to games, some of us like to get very blotto and yell obscenities. some people like to sit with their kids and eat hot dogs. both parties coexist at DCU games because there is an "ultras" side of the stadium and a "family" side of the stadium. I dont see why this is not applicable to the NFL

Posted by: Skins in Sichuan | September 11, 2008 1:39 PM

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It would be too hard given the season ticket nature of the stadium.

Posted by: suzannepdc | September 11, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

For all the whining they do, the "family" types couldn't fill a whole section at the stadium.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I know you're only passing their comments on Dan but it should be noted that the fact that the "Dead Tree Crew" ensures that their members use designated drivers to get home safely does not in any way shape or form excuse or mitigate their public drunkenness or their harassing of fans inside and outside of the Stadium.

Posted by: Caps Nut | September 11, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"does not in any way shape or form excuse or mitigate their public drunkenness or their harassing of fans inside and outside of the Stadium."--Mouth Farted by Caps Nat

Wow. You seem to know alot about the DTC. I take it you attend the DTC tailgate, then follow the DTC into the stadium and sit with them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Anon, I'd be just a little upset if I didn't think ...er...know you were joking:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/09/with_the_dead_tree_crew.html

http://deadspin.com/sports/nfl/interests-redskins-clubs-and-gettin-drunk-192779.php

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/10/the_dtc_live_in_video.html

and on the off chance you aren't, well then I pity you.

Posted by: Caps Nut | September 12, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

...can someone explain why they're called the "Dead Tree Crew?"

Posted by: Michael Sorce | September 13, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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