This may not deserve it's own thread. If a mod thinks it should be moved please feel free.
26 years. That is the last time a DC team had won a championship. Since the NFL draft I had completely forgotten about the Washington Redskins. I am almost 50 years old, have always been a fan of every DC sports team. For the first time in my life the Redskins took a back seat to another DC sports team for me. You see I grew up in the glory days of the Redskins. They were THE DC sports team. My parents had season tickets since 1969. I loved the Caps, O's (Yeah I know, not DC) and Bullets. But they were always second fiddle to my beloved Redskins. I was a 14 years old when the Skins won their first title. And it only got better from there for a decade. We had the cream of the crop as far as professional sports organizations go. There simply was NO BETTER organization on the planet. And I got to witness THREE Super Bowl championships in the prime time of my life to experience it. When the Skins won the SB in 1992 I was 23 years old. I witnessed complete and total insanity in Georgetown that night. It looked a lot like the caps celebration. Except. Then someone decided to kick in the window of a doughnut shop. I witnessed the most epic doughnut fight in history that night. Doughnuts flew back and forth on M street for hours. Then shoes, apples and anything else you can imagine went airborne. It was probably the most epic thing I have ever seen.
Then the Capitals went on their amazing playoff run. I had forgotten what it was like to experience a championship in OUR city. We catch a lot a flak as fans here. After all we are a "transplant" city. "There are no real LOCAL sports fans here". At least thats what the media would have you believe. What I saw over the past week IS WHAT this city is about as a sports city. I stood in my family room with my wife and son and cried as we won the cup. I watched people of all backgrounds show love and respect for each other at the parade. You see, we are a diverse city. But when it comes to our sports franchises WE ARE ONE.
The question now becomes how does that carry over for our Skins? I have witnessed glimpses of this over the past two decades in our home stadium. But unfortunately, it has not been the norm. Too many opposing fans invade OUR house. And I get it. Let's be honest. We have basically sucked for two decades. Sell a couple of your game tickets to recover some of the cost of those season tickets. It is not like the team has made it easy to be a fan. My 17 year old son has absolutely no interest in the Skins. And for me that is just.....well....SAD! I can remember sitting on my dads lap as a little guy watching the Skins. It was a huge part of OUR family.
So how do we get that back? JUST WIN BABY. There is no way anyone can question whether or not DC is a "real" sports town anymore. WE showed up and we showed up in force. After the "recent" revelation that there IS NO season ticket waiting list (we all know the deal). I can buy tickets on gameday for 8 bucks. So DO IT. Stop sitting at home and chilling on the couch. Stop letting OTHER fans invade our territory. Go to the games. Take your kids. Get them involved in what being a DC sports fan is all about. There is no other sport where the fans play a role in the game like football. WE can make it a horrible experience to come play here. And in the end that is OUR responsibility.