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Redskins Announce a Record Crowd

I hate to go negative on the annual fan day, but there's one aspect of the day that seems curious -- that's the Redskins' announced attendance.

As I'm sure you recall, an announced record number of fans descended upon Redskins Park for last season's scrimmage, jamming roads for miles in every direction. The team announced an attendance figure of 28,000, besting the crowd in 2004 when Joe Gibbs came out of retirement, and lines began forming early in the morning.

Well, it seemed apparent to the scribes, TV folk and bloggers that this season's crowd was much smaller. You could see pockets of open space all over the place, unlike last season.

So imagine the surprise when the Skins' official news release listed the attendance as 29,000, "edging the previous training camp attendance record of 28,000 fans in 2008." I asked Zack Bolno to explain this, and he informed us that the Skins and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office improved their handling of traffic entering the practice complex.

Cars were lined up all along Loudoun County Parkway last year, with backups topping more than 90 minutes just to move a few miles. This year, the Skins opened the gates at 9 a.m. (they were scheduled to open at 11:30), they more than doubled their parking area and the sheriff's department provided triple the number of officers to direct traffic than worked in 2008, Bolno said.

His point was that the relatively smooth traffic flow created a false sense of a smaller crowd than last year. My point is that I don't buy what the Skins are trying to sell on this one.

There is no way to prove or disprove the figures from this year or last year and there are no official figures, but another record crowd seems just a little too convenient. On an intrasquad scrimmage for which no admission is charged, it probably doesn't really matter. But it does go to show that the marketing machine around here never stops humming.

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 6:50 PM ET
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Comments

Let Danny keep his numbers ... It don't hurt nobody

Posted by: theredskin | August 8, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

...agree there was no traffic on major roads in Ashburn, unlike last year. Getting very tired of transparent bogus PR out of Danny's crew. Anything to distract the fan base and media from the joke of an oline Vinnie has put on the field and his other lame decisions.

Posted by: oddjob2 | August 8, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

One Man Gang for Offense!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

mistamayor

You sound those animals in George Orwell's Animal Farm who constantly noticed there was a major difference between what the pigs said and what was reality.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the calls for Alexander to switch to O line, I love Alexander's spirit, but at 6-1 275, I don't think he's big enough to play O-line. And it seems a long shot to "coach 'em up" in time.

Why don't we just go get real O-linemen instead? Levi Jones, Runyon, Pete Kendall. These guys weren't signed in the off season because they each have an issue (mostly age), so teams wanted to see what they had first before considering them, or if a major injury came their way.

Well, it's getting to be about that time...

I don't see any great reason to wait any longer on 3 undrafted free agents from the local college, some guy we signed off Denny's buffet line and another guy with "confidence problems."

Posted by: edvar | August 8, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Beeps peeps, oh and Lo Al has played a good bit of guard.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 8, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

How dare they?!

Improved traffic condition, more accommodating gate schedule, and additional parking?!

Those evil inglorious basterds!!

Turn around quick, JReid! You just wandered a little to far down La Canfora Blvd. It's a bad neighborhood!!

Posted by: filmchis | August 8, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

What is the point of this post?

The Skins have an incredible fan base willing to wait decades for season tickets despite over a decade of mostly failed seasons.

Maybe the front office is spinning the numbers to maintain the illusion that they are a popular franchise... Or maybe they are one of the most valuable and popular franchises in all of sports no matter how many people show up for a scrimmage.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | August 8, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Right on filmchis.

JReid, no one likes a conspiracy nut. Sounds like Zack had a lot of clear, cogent arguments to support the team's assertion. What evidence do you have to provide to the contrary?

A "hunch"? Maybe a "sneaking suspicion"? You gotta do better than that. Or maybe just keep it to yourself and don't call out the team on your blog for some imagined duplicity...

Posted by: McMetal | August 8, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Right on filmchis.

JReid, no one likes a conspiracy nut. Sounds like Zack had a lot of clear, cogent arguments to support the team's assertion. What evidence do you have to provide to the contrary?

A "hunch"? Maybe a "sneaking suspicion"? You gotta do better than that. Or maybe just keep it to yourself and don't call out the team on your blog for some imagined duplicity...

you got that right..... the man went too far

Posted by: suliman007_4 | August 9, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

"hate to go negative on the annual fan day..."

The Mayor was taught well by JLC. Hating is a way of life for the WAPO beat reporter. He says he can't prove them right or wrong. Then why is writing about it if he can't prove it?

Posted by: PS7900 | August 9, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, waste of eyesight.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | August 9, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I think the mayor is right on with this post. It being a smaller crowd has nothing to do with the quality of our fans. That the front office would fudge the numbers seems par for course.

As a lifelong fan, I'd appreciate folks stop calling anything not towing the front office line as being negative. Seriously folks the mayor's just speaking the truth, which is just facts and that is not hating.

Posted by: rawk | August 9, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

rawk said: Seriously folks the mayor's just speaking the truth, which is just facts and that is not hating.

I ask you rawk, how could these be "just facts," when da Mayor himself stated, "There is no way to prove or disprove the figures from this year or last year and there are no official figures." Please to explain, oh "life long fan".

Look, I'm the LAST person to defend the Snyderatto regime, but with all the unquestionably questionable moves the Danny and Vinney have made, esp personnel-wise, is there really a need for negative conjecture, esp about an issue of so little import to most fans. Me thinks not. Perhaps, Mr. Mayor, instead of quizzing Zorny on the veracity of scrimmage attendance figures, you could put to him the mystery of who's really responsible for the lack of new talent across the O-line - him, Buges or Snyderatto. Now THAT'S a mystery worthy of your time, and our attention.

Posted by: hogmeister | August 9, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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