For the first time in a long time I experienced a professional football game in person. The Washington Redskins played the Dallas Cowboys in FedEx Field on 10/29/17. Around here, that is the one of the best games you attend. It used to be a big rivalry. I don’t know if it is as much anymore. But if you can get tickets, you should go. My daughter had tickets but could not go, so I was given the opportunity. Although the forecast was rain all day, I just had to go. This was the first time I had been to a game in FedEx Field, so it had been more than 20 years since I had experienced a Redskins game in person.
Mark, and I arrived early to meet up with Andy in his special parking spot where he had a tailgate party. A couple of hours and a couple beers and some great grilled food, then we were off to the game. The rain did not start until near game time and got progressively worse as the game progressed. Even though we had our ponchos, we did not need them during the game. We were seated in one of the few rows that were covered.
Watching the game was fun. We had great view from our 35 yard line seats. The Redskins had a few moments of brilliance, but that faded as the Cowboys got their act together and beat them, 33-19.
So being a little critical (cynical?), here are some observations.
- With the injection of politics into the game by the players, it appears less of a sport than it used to be. This year it seems that the biggest news is which players protested and how the fans have reacted by losing interest in the game. Fortunately this time, when the National Anthem played, there were no players sitting down. However, I did notice several fans who refused to even stand. Sad.
- The chosen uniform for the Redskins (whose name continues to be attacked some people think it is insensitive) was the throwback uniform from the 1960’s and before. However, they modified the helmet to remove the spear that was the highlight of the helmet, instead using the ‘R’ from the 70’s. Political correctness.
- It seems not many people arrive to the game on time. The rain may have played a part in that. The stadium was perhaps 90% full, but only half full at game time.
- There were a lot of Cowboys fans, more than I thought would be there. Not a majority, but a whole lot.
- There are a lot of people at the game that do not pay attention to the action on the field. Chatting, taking selfies, you name it.
- When you are at the game, you are very aware of the delays – TV time outs and replays. The flow of the game is disrupted. With all those time outs, who needs the 2 minute warning?
Now as you can see from one of the pictures, I have a confession to make. I have never been a big Redskin fan. I liked watching them when they had their good years. However, they have been disappointing for so many years now that I have lost interest in them. Since Mark is a big Cowboys fan and he had an extra shirt, I thought, “What the heck? Why not become a Cowboys fan?” So while pro football is not nearly as good as college football, if I want to enjoy a pro game, I might as well side with the Cowboys. America’s Team.