Canadian Inaugural Tailgates, Racing Presidents, Etc.
More fascinating news from the intersection of local sports and the inauguration:
* Charles Mann, Art Monk and Brian Mitchell are among the featured celebrity guests at Virginia's Inaugural Black Tie and Blue Dominion Ball. Expect fellow guest Eric Holder to drop a "pockets straight" reference during his confirmation hearings.
* The Giant Racing Presidents are confirmed to be attending at least three inaugural events, which is possibly the best news I've heard all month.
* The Tampa Tribune mocks the DC Armory as the site of the Florida Inaugural Ball, and uses this as an occasion to ignore D.C. United and dis the Nationals:
Events usually at home in this circa-1941 facility include women's roller derby, professional wrestling, boxing, horse shows, circuses and, soon, indoor football....Unlike the venues for those other state balls, the armory is not near the U.S. Capitol, National Mall, monuments and museums or the White House.
Rather, it is two miles from the Capitol, across the street from a stadium abandoned for a glitzier site by major league baseball's worst team, the Washington Nationals. Fortunately, there is a subway (Metro) stop there.
* The Canadian Embassy is into the spirit with a tailgating-themed inaugural party. They definitely have their finger on the pulse of the region:
Demonstrating the Canadian embassy's ability to change from their usual reception format, the Canadian tailgate gathering takes its cues from the quintessential American event. On any given autumn weekend in the DC area, sprawling, elaborate tailgate extravaganzas can be found outside Washington Redskins or Baltimore Ravens games, and even bigger festivities can be observed for the University of Maryland Terrapins, University of Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, or any of a dozen other universities and colleges within a 50-mile radius.
You find me a dozen universities and colleges within a 50-mile radius that have bigger tailgates than the Redskins, I'll make Mike Wise stop singing "O Canada" in the press box after every Shaun Suisham field-goal attempt.
* The We The People Inaugural Celebration, billed as "the official party of the people," will take place at FedEx Field. And lookie here, inauguration parking is available at Nationals Park! $20 for daytime, $35 for overnight. That's the sort of forward thinking that could have paid Mark Teixeira's salary. Meantime, RFK will be a bus depot, with officials saying more than 87,000 people might be using the RFK Metro station on Tuesday.
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