A Loyal Fan

by Bill Bride

Watching the Redskins now and thinking of the great teams from the '70's and '80's under George Allen and Joe Gibbs....

Watching the Nationals in their new stadium and thinking about the times my Dad took me to RFK Stadium to see Frank Howard smash home runs for the Senators...

Watching the Capitals and Wizards at Verizon Center and thinking about the days at Capital Centre when that building was the premier showcase arena in America....

Following the Maryland Terps and thinking about the great players who have played for them in the past like Boomer Esiason, Randy White, Len Bias, Tom McMillen...

Driving past Glen Echo Park and seeing an old trolley car thinking my Grandfather probably rode in that.

Reading a George Pelecanos novel and saying to myself "I drank at that bar"

Seeing our new President Elect Obama and thinking about past Presidents who shaped the nation while they were in office.

Walking past the memorials and thinking about all the people, politicians and servicemen and women who gave their lives shaping up this city and this country.

Driving past street corners and remembering what was there when you were a kid.

Driving my three year old son past the house I grew up in and telling him the great things we used to do when I was his age. Seeing his eyes light up, I think that's me in 1964....

It's remembering the simple things here in this area that we enjoyed years ago which are long gone but are always there in your mind.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Reader Submission
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Wow! That essay really echoes my thoughts: Randy White of the Maryland Terrapins and Frank Howard of the Washington Senators were my heroes.

Posted by: tomcarter1 | January 27, 2009 10:03 AM

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