Redskins to Copy Terrible Towels
Does anyone remember how Steelers fans made their presence felt at last week's game? I'm trying to remember. Were they waving bed sheets? Or maybe spraying gold spray paint into the air? Flinging Yukon gold potatoes? Playing Golden Tee? Moving their assets from securities to precious metals. Like, uh, gold?
Oh yeah, that's right, they invaded FedEx Field carrying thousands of gold towels, their signature move, which earned nationwide attention and thousands of words worth of local mind-wringing. So, with another national TV game and another traveling posse of fans on deck, what's the solution for the home team? Hmmm. Tough one. Towels maybe?
Yeah, in a move startling both for its timeliness and its originality, 50,000 burgundy ESPN980 towels will be handed out on Sunday night, 50,000 apparently being the estimated number of Redskins fans who will be on hand.
"I can't get tickets," one caller said Inside the Red Zone today.
[EDIT: I typed the following on my laptop while listening, but didn't have an actual recording. The wording is very very close, but it's possible it's not exact, and I shouldn't have put it in quotes. Apologies.]
"Everybody else could," Vinny Cerrato replied [approximately]. "All the Pittsburgh people could. You must have been calling the wrong people....We're going to have nice towels so we won't have the yellow Pittsburgh towels in the stadium. We're going to have burgundy Redskins towels. So buy tickets so they don't sell them to Cowboys fans."
Cerrato has made repeated pleas to fans this morning not to sell their tickets to Cowboys fans; he responded to one complaint about the fan base's no-show last week by saying "just stay there and vote, everybody's who's listening just keep voting for the Redskins Ticket." And at least one caller made the absurd claim that this towels thing was a mere imitation of Pittsburgh's timeless gimmick.
"I like towels," co-host Frank Hanrahan said. "I think that'll be ok."
"What's he want?" Cerrato asked of the ungrateful caller.
Bed sheets, maybe? Anyhow, Rich Tandler at Real Redskins has located at least 5,500 tickets still for sale online, and guesses there could be up to 10,000 Cowboys fans in the building on Sunday night. At least a few people are trying to apply a loyalty oath; "I won't be able to attend the 'Skins game against the hated Cowboys, and am looking to unload the tickets to two dedicated fans." Maybe if he threw in a couple towels, he'd find a taker.
Oh, and the quotes keep coming from the Redskins. "In my whole career I have never seen fans of our opponents outweigh the home crowd," Andre Carter told TheHogs.net. "In my mind, I was thinking to myself: 'What has the world come to?' It felt like 49% of the fans in our stadium were Steeler fans."
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