"Don't Pull A Snyder!"
As many of us know, opening night at Nationals Park was not the only major sporting event going on at the time: 10th seeded Davidson was taking on 1st seeded Kansas in the Elite 8. Anyone who did not know that the game was taking place certainly figured it out if they walked about five yards, since it was being shown on every TV in the stadium (and let me tell you, there are PLENTY). Roars would go up every time Davidson would score, bringing them closer and closer to pulling off a George Mason-like run to the Final Four; moans would arise every time a Kansas player hit a free throw, digging the knife deeper into the hearts of the Davidson fans.
But while everyone was anxiously enjoying the game in its final seconds, the other fans and I watching it on a TV in the concourse behind section 204 were denied that privilege. At approximately 7:10 p.m., with 36 seconds left in the game, two event staff came up to the TV and declared in loud voices, "Y'all are blocking the walkway! Move along, move along!"
At first we didn't know what was going on and just stood there not really listening and continued to watch the game. The event staff retaliated by pulling the plug on the TV and demanding that we clear the walkway.
You can imagine how the crowd reacted: "What the *&*#?", and "Oh come on!" But one yell caught my ear: "Don't pull a Snyder" (referring to the beloved owner of the Washington Redskins).
I agree. We weren't stopping the flow of foot traffic, we weren't causing a ruckus, we just wanted to watch an exciting game before the real one started at 8:05. If we wanted to be bossed and bullied around for doing nothing wrong, we would go to FedEx Field where Snyder is king.
Anyway I just thought I'd say that if you want to watch TV on one of the many many sets at Nationals Park, you will probably be declared to be "blocking the walkway" and forced to move on. Apparently the Nationals would rather the TVs not be watched and just sit there to look nice, like they are at FedEx.
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