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Skins Fans Take Over Detroit

I wish I had some way to quantify the number of Skins fans who invaded Ford Field yesterday, but it was like counting empty seats at a Nats game. I was gonna just count Sean Taylor jerseys, but even that was like counting doo-rags in Raljon: there were hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of them. The burgundy was more visible during the pre-game, since Lions fans seem to be a late-arriving sort. A late-arriving, early-leaving, street clothes-wearing, voice box-muffling, frowny face-displaying sort.

Thus, these quotes are only slightly exaggerated.

"It feels like a home game," said Jonathan Dubon of Silver Spring.

"It's almost like going to a home game; this is incredible, it's fabulous," said Yale Kaplan of MoCo.

"It feels like I'm at RFK Stadium or FedEx Field," said Chris Reifser of Chicago.

I ran into two twins from Maryland, one of whom had just gotten the state flag tattoed on his arm. I ran into two women from the 'burbs who were part of a six-bus caravan that drove 10 hours to the game. I ran into some guy Mike from Baltimore who was a major JLC fan. It was easily the highest proportion of Skins fans at an away game in the past two years.

The poster above, held by Jesse and Jonathan Dubon, was actually signed by Zorn. Daniel Snyder and Zorn both noticed the sign and chuckled during pre-game warmups, and Snyder eventually encouraged Zorn to go sign it. The Dubons were thrilled, naturally.

A true measure of fan support size is when you have no trouble at all adding to an already extensive catalog of Skins quarterback jerseys.

This was Morgan Allen, from Sandusky, Ohio, who seemed ready to play. To the inevitable question of "Why?" he offered the inevitable answer of "Why not?"

And finally, this fortunate couple featured one Portis fan and one Alexander fan. The fates conspired to turn them into a virtual Redskins depth chart. All that was lacking was a University of Iowa Betts jersey.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 12:23 PM ET
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AWESOME!!! It's such a great poster. NFL films and Comcast Sportsnet were both filming and taking pictures of us so its a bit of a shame that it didn't get on the air....would've been amazing if the poster could be on tv but it is what it is. Thanks a lot!

Posted by: jesse_dubon | October 27, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me you got the Hip Hip Hooray crew.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | October 27, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with rooting for your team and expressing how happy you are that fans showed up in Detroit. However, you comments about Lions Fans are flat out wrong and your commentary on them is pathetic. I was at the game and the Lions fans were as enthusiastic as you can be with an 0-7 team that is likely the worst in the league. Show a bit of class and recognize that Lions fans have to endure alot to even show up. I can only image your article if the fortunes were reversed.

Posted by: garboosh | October 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

So basically what you are saying is it was like a Capitals game when the Red Wings are in town, or a Wizards game when the Pistons are in town? There were a lot of Skins fans and all of them seemed to be great fans, but to say it was like a home game is ridiculous.

Posted by: DTWFan | October 29, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

wow are u guys blind or do u just choose to look over what ppl write and make things up in ur mind? "Thus, these quotes are only slightly exaggerated." HE never said that it felt like a home game. the FANS did. get ur facts straight.

Posted by: jesse_dubon | October 29, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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