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Dan Steinberg
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Dan Steinberg

Washington Post sports blogger and author of the D.C. Sports Bog

For Better or Worse


As much as sports writing is about having strong opinions, I'm torn on this tailgating question. I have plenty of friends who run top-shelf, multi-space tailgates. They are, without question, my favorite part about going to Redskins games. They're always in the same place, and their neighbors are always the same, and they feel like going to a block party more than a football game. Or in addition to a football game, I guess.

This isn't a novel argument, but in the free agency era, the players change, and the coaches change, and the logos change, but the families stay the same. The faces in the parking lot are the links to the past, more than just about anything else. And the Redskins' new policies will, at least initially, jumble those faces all around.

On the other hand, I've also had fun attempting to navigate through the mayhem that is FedEx Field an hour before kickoff, with single spaces dotted all over the asphalt, grills occupying the space where my minivan is supposed to go, and general head-pounding-into-steering-wheel gridlock.

I don't know if this new system will make it all that better, but it sure won't make it worse, because only a massive layer of three-foot deep flaming Super Glue would make things worse.

So I guess it remains to be seen if this new system can clean up some of the mess without completely ruining the experience for tailgaters. Because in a town that hasn't hosted a playoff game for a decade, the tailgates are often the biggest Sunday highlights. Plus, I need my pregame veggie burger fix satisfied.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2009; 7:33 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , Roger Goodell , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I don't get this. Anyone can still tailgate. You can still park and grill and drink beer. Your parking pass gives you a parking space. ONE parking space, not two or three. Why do people think that they are owed one, two or three parking spaces. Does your game ticket give you three seats? Do stretch out in a movie theater and take up three seats?

The insane part is that you still can have your huge, multispace tailgate, you just have to do it in a different part of the parking lot, so that sensible people who realize that one pass means one space will be near the game that they have paid to see.

Posted by: TheNathan | July 1, 2009 5:02 PM

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