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Well, here's one debate we don't need to engage in ever again: There should never again be a comparison between the fan bases of Pittsburgh and Washington, between the Steelers die-hards and the Redskins rooters. Washington's fans sold their tickets fast and furiously -- FedEx style. Talk about playing in the appropriate stadium. Entering a home Monday Night Football game at 6-2, with full control of their playoff destiny, the Redskins could not have asked for more. That was assuming their so-called wild and crazy home fans would rock the house and represent the District in fine fashion on national television.

Minor detail Redskins, your fans sold out their loyalty for the cash. For all the criticism Daniel Snyder's received over the years for Washington's failed player and coaching acquisitions, he's not to blame here. The Redskins have a relatively new football venue, a competitive team in place, a championship history and national recognition. So, what's going on here?

Well, why not take advantage of what they consider over-eager Steelers fans willing to pay extra dough for the thrill of a live road game. It's just one game, right? One can blame the rationale on the economic position this country finds itself in. So consider it symbolic that it's the D.C. fans selling out. Home field advantage is a critical part of football. With the amount of travel and physical play required over a lengthy season, the players would at least appreciate a welcoming home crowd. They'd like fans who supported them and helped build momentum. Players want their fans to make so much noise that the other team can't hear itself think or communicate. They want their 12th man active and able, ready and raucous, prepared and passionate. What they don't want are the opponents die-hard fans showing up in droves waving some unwelcoming yellow and black color schemed towels.

Talk about terrible, because that's what the Redskins fans were revealed as Monday night. They sold out their team, literally. And they got what they deserved -- a bad loss at home on Monday Night.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  November 5, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What you fail to mention in this post is that Daniel Snyder has sold the entire lower bowl as premium. The only way to be upgraded from the upper to lower level is to buy a year of club seats, at $4,000 per ticket. Another option is to join the numerous clubs. The touchdown club is $8,000 per season ticket. He sells to corporations, who offer their premium tickets to clients and employees, many of them fans of the other team. This all goes back to Snyder. This never happened at RFK, where fans held the tickets and every seat was a non-premium general admission wait list seat.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 5, 2008 3:02 PM

Snyder is to blame. It's all about the dough and i don't blame the fans. Most are not as so rich as the idiot owner who has the higheste revenue in the NFL. RFK rocked and it was about football not schmoozing. What goes around comes around. Yes, the 'Skns will win a Superbowl one day but it will never be the same as RFK days when there was passion and not bunch of wannabe's.

Posted by: mofares | November 5, 2008 3:23 PM

I've read some monumentally stupid things in the Washington Post before, but this really does take the cake.

Accusation: Washington Redskins fans sold out their team by selling their tickets to the Steelers fans

Facts: Several thousand Washington Redskins tickets, as well as tickets from just about every team in professional sports, are routinely put up for sale on ebay, craigslist, stubhub, and dozens of other ticket sites. What usually occurs is the home team's fans who don't have season tickets usually buy up the vast majority of those available tickets. But in this case, the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling fan base outnumbered the Washington Redskins non-season ticket holder fan base and as a result ticket prices skyrocketed--leaving many Redskins fans, who normally buy their tickets through those same avenues, out of luck.

Conclusion: These accusations that Redskins fans somehow "sold out" their team on Monday are beyond ridiculous. Anyone who makes such absurd accusations hasn't the faintest idea what actually occurred.

Posted by: Barno | November 5, 2008 3:46 PM

Of course, it would be nice for people who live in this area to actually support the team that represents their home instead of holding on to a team that represents a city that they no longer live in. I don't care where you come from, if you live here and this is your home, why aren't you supporting the team that represents your home? I guess people who immigrate here from other countries should always support their home country in the Olympics no matter how long they live in the USA. It's the same concept.

Posted by: skinfan | November 5, 2008 4:45 PM

If the previous posted comments are true, here's a revised question of the day: What does the story say about a sports editor that would allow an irresponsible and distorted story with such a vicious accusation against the fan base be published in the first place?

Posted by: JB | November 5, 2008 4:57 PM

You are a moron Zack. Idiot. I suppose Philly is a better model? keep your tickets, assault the opposing fans, take their towels and strangle them?
Or sell them to the Stupid Steeler nation @ 300% profit and watch it at home on your 60" HD? :)

Posted by: Anonymous | November 5, 2008 9:08 PM

You are a moron Zack. Idiot. I suppose Philly is a better model? keep your tickets, assault the opposing fans, take their towels and strangle them?
Or sell them to the Stupid Steeler nation @ 300% profit and watch it at home on your 60" HD? :)

The game is on the field. not in the stands.

Posted by: Tommy 60" G part 2 | November 5, 2008 9:12 PM

so sorry Zach! intentional typo on the ZacK. Do you pay to get into the Stadium???

Posted by: Tommy G3 | November 5, 2008 9:20 PM

.. because if you did you wouldn't hesitate to sell them. I'd rather watch a NATS game @ RFK (helas no mas) then my beloved Skins @ the FED. horrible stadium experience.

Posted by: last Tommy G | November 5, 2008 9:24 PM

"With the amount of travel and physical play required over a lengthy season, the players would at least appreciate a welcoming home crowd." Gimme a break. Man I hope that you just wrote this piece bc the editors forced you to as sort of a point-counter point thing going on. What is this unbearable amount of travel these guys must endure as they ride first class on a private jet. They have been to New York, Philadelphia, Ohio and Texas so far. Wow those guys are real troopers.

Dan Snyder has fractured the relationship between the Redskins fans and the players. By making the FedEx experience "just business" he took away the unconditionable love and passion everyday fans felt for the team. Instead we feel we are being pinched for money at every step of the way, from $80 parking to $5 water and no water fountains, Skins fans resent what is going on there. As a result, we just dont exude the same enthusiasm for the team on the field. Snyder is a tool

Posted by: Snyder sucks | November 5, 2008 11:54 PM

I sold my tickets to the game for several reasons.

First, the seats are overpriced. A middle-class family can't afford to keep all the seats every year.

Second, I'm sick and tired of an inferior product being offered by an owner who clearly doesn't care about the same fanbase he claims to have come from. If he cared, he wouldn't have his racquetball buddy running the personnel department.

Third, the FedEx experience sucks. The traffic coming out of a night game gets you home 2-3 hours after the end of the game. While at the game, the fans are inconsiderate, rude and curse like atheist pirates. And, it's even worse at a night game when "fans" have been boozing it up all day. Not exactly a place to take your kids anymore, and that's sad. How can I get my kids into the Redskins when I can't take them to the game? Obviously, the Snyder prices on concessions are well documented and the parking situation is ridiculous too. Is it any wonder that the waiting list moves faster than ever? NFL Sunday Ticket in high-def is starting to look pretty good. At least then I can watch a team that can throw the ball deep occasionally.

Finally, the best thing about all of this is that Danny boy can't do a thing about it. Put a better product on the field, respect your customers or you'll look like a fool on national TV. Again.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder | November 6, 2008 9:13 AM

I waited 20 years for my number to come up. 2 years ago, it did. I could find no one who wanted to go in on it with me because of:high cost,lame experience at the stadium,horrible parking,easy availability of tickets from scalpers. I passed (never thought it would come to that) and got back on the list at the bottom. This year, my number cane up again. What does that say? Maybe the chickens are finally coming home to roost for the Danny.

Posted by: bethes, DU | November 6, 2008 12:44 PM

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