A box filled with long faces
It's not easy sitting in the Redskins owner's box this season. The mood in Dan Snyder's box Monday night: "Funereal," one guest said sadly.
One glance tells the tale. A lot of people staring glumly out at the field. "If you win, it's a blast, if you lose, it's no fun at all," Snyder spokesman Karl Swanson told us Tuesday. "It's like any other suite in the stadium."
Um, not really. The most coveted seats at FedEx Field used to be Snyder's luxury box on the 50-yard line: primo view, open bar, gourmet food, TVs in the bathrooms, and VIP football fans: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx at the 2006 opener; regulars like Bernie Shaw, Al Hunt, Judy Woodruff, Sam Donaldson, Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews. Snyder, described as a gracious, generous host, spends most of his time talking to wife Tanya (she's never missed a game), Redskins veep Vinny Cerrato or minority owner Dwight Schar.
But with the team's downward spiral, things have turned uncomfortable. At the Oct. 18 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the fans began a chant just below the box -- "Sell the team! Sell the team! Sell the team!" -- clearly directed at Snyder and guests.
"I was stunned," said sports broadcaster Tony Kornheiser, a former Post writer who now works for Snyder's station WTEM and sat in the box. "No one had heard that before, and they felt terrible -- badly for him and his wife. It's like when a politician throws out the first pitch and gets booed."
This was the first time the fans took their complaints directly to the owner's box during a game. Awk-ward. "I never heard anything like that at a sporting event in my life," said another regular guest.
Things weren't much better Monday. ESPN showed a fleeting shot of the box: Instead of his usual front-row seat, Snyder stood in back. As is policy, the Redskins declined to release guests' names, but we're told the list included a number of former athletes: Olympian Carl Lewis, former Hoyas coach John Thompson and NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.
Why not stay home? Loyalty and support for Snyder, one guest told us. "It's easy to go when they're winning," he said. "It's harder to go when they're losing."
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October 28, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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