Skins Fans Want Dallas
When Barry Svrluga and I wandered onto FedEx Field's playing surface on Sunday, past the cheerleader with her arm in a sling (injury report?) and past the two guys repping Chris Horton (see above), we heard fans in the end zone chanting something as the final seconds ticked away. "We Want Doughty," we initially thought they were saying, but then realized that, duh, it was "We Want Dallas! We Want Dallas!" Over and over and over. (See below.)
As the day grew late and victory had been assured, a clamor rose in the stands behind FedEx Field's northwest end zone yesterday afternoon. It started small, buried in the throats of the heartiest few, the truest of believers and then slowly wafted into the afternoon sky.
" We want Dallas! We want Dallas! We want Dallas! " It bounced from seat to seat, row to row, until it had blossomed into a minor roar.
Now, this is clearly nothing new. If this brief-but-classic clip of stomping RFK fans yelling "We Want Dallas!" doesn't make you nostalgic for football on East Capitol Street, you've spent too much time drinking Crown Royal on Arena Drive.
But still, all this Dallas chanting makes me think of something Clinton Portis said to John Thompson last week: "There's a man on your show who can't keep my name out of his mouth."
See, if you Google Redskins and "We Want Dallas," you get more than 2,000 returns. If you Google Cowboys and "We Want Washington," you get 60, and none are about fans chanting. The top return for a "Dallas Week" search is that Washington Post story about the Cowboys, although you also come up with stories about Eagles fans looking forward to Dallas Week. The top return for "Washington Week?" A link to Gwen Ifill's Web site.
I still enjoy scenes like the one below, of Washington fans streaming out of FedEx Field last week while chanting that "We Want Dallas" refrain. And the Skins are the NFL's biggest underdogs this week, 11.5 points worth, so the enthusiasm is understandable. Still, for public perception purposes if nothing else, you never want to find yourself occupying the only side of a rivalry.
(To draw an analogy, imagine you're a high-ranking business executive and you feel like a certain local news gatherer is picking on you. The absolute worst thing you can do is spend every moment of the day talking about him, letting the world know just how obsessed you are with this one particular person, while he maintains a cool and detached silence. Right? Ah, forget it.)
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