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There were many excellently dressed fans at last weekend's preseason games. Here are their stories.
"I grew up a Skins fan," said Will Barron of Columbia, seen on the left. "When the Ravens came to Baltimore, I went to a lot of games their first season and became a big Ravens fan. It's always been this AFC/NFC thing for me. I figure they're not rivals, so what the hell."
"What the hell" leads to the Frankenstein shirts above, that he created with Michael Anctil of Laurel, seen on the right. They bought two t-shirts the day of the preseason game, cut them in half, and sewed them back together.
"Only one person has yelled at us," Anctil pointed out.
This is William Cox. He ordered up his Silverback jersey on draft day, when Roger Goodell introduced the world to Trent Williams's nickname.
"It's just different," he explained. "No one else has got it, but everybody knows who it is."
The numbers, by the way, aren't sewed on yet. Cox is convinced that Silverback will still go back to No. 71 before the season starts.
Here is the arm of Matt Atkinson, 24, of Alexandria. He's a big Redskins fan. Diehard, he called himself. I buy it.
Here are two odd ones. Didn't get the story for "Frenchy," but if you're putting that name above that number, you better have a good one. As for the "C.Baily" jersey, the wearer told me "some guy gave it to me, you'd have to ask him."
Redskins fans: beware guys wandering the FedEx Field property with misspelled jerseys. Please.
These are not for sale in normal retail outlets. A co-worker was selling them. They really stand out in a crowd, in case that's what you're going for.
I tried to ask one of this brave trio why he was wearing a Haynesworth jersey, and he turned to me, made a strange face and said something unintelligible, then walked off laughing. But good for them.
On the left, the highest- of high-dollar Donovan McNabb shirts. On the right, a jersey that once read "Arrington."
"I didn't want to wear an old, busted-ass LaVar Arrington jersey," said Jeremy Carle, who instead put his high school basketball nickname on the shirt.
Wait, are you saying something bad about LaVar? He's my co-worker, you know.
August 26, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
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