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Posted at 7:47 PM ET, 01/19/2011

I wish I were in ... D.C.?

By Roderick S. Speer, Alexandria

Regarding the Jan. 16 front-page story "Dixie and D.C. region drift farther and farther apart”:

A few years after I moved to the D.C. area in 1978, I got caught up in the Joe Gibbs glory days and those words we know by heart: “Hail to the Redskins! Hail victory! Braves on the warpath! Fight for old D.C.!” But those last words struck a discordant note: D.C. is referred to in sentimental alma mater terms (Old Siwash U. or such). Problem is, there is no “old D.C.” in that sense, as the Dixie-D.C. article highlighted.

I later discovered the words were a post-civil rights era or post-football expansion importation. The original words were “old Dixie!,” harking back to a time when the Redskins were the only pro football team in the South.

By Roderick S. Speer, Alexandria  | January 19, 2011; 7:47 PM ET
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yes. The words were written by the wife of the owner of the team and well-known racist george preston marshall. The team was the last in the league to hire a black player (1962). After its move to DC in 1937, the team styled itself the team of the south, prior to the expansion cowboys franchise (the song was written the next year). It also used to be intro'd and outro'd with the band actually playing dixie.

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