There is no more hated team by Redskins fans than that of the Dallas Cowboys making the lead-up to any game against the Texas franchise a heated one. In 2010, the Redskins will take that intensity to the next level with a number of opportunities for fans of the team to get ready for the 8 p.m. kickoff on September 12.
The most notable difference from any other week of the NFL season is that the parking lots will open for tailgating at noon for the eight p.m. game so fans can get enough “soda” in them to get them ready for what many fans consider the biggest home game of the season. They will also set up five video boards around the stadium so fans can catch all the action of the 1 p.m. and 4p p.m. games. You can bet that the atmosphere will be a lot different from the usual games at FedEx. More time to tailgate, night game, and the organization stepping up Beat Dallas week will all play a factor in the way FedEx feels September 12.
The Redskins will also be pushing efforts to pump up Redskins fans around the area during the week.
Redskins will kick off on Tuesday with official proclamations from the District, Loudon, Fairfax, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties including wagers between Texas counterparts on the outcome of the game.
Daniel Snyder owned ESPN 980 will broadcast live from Morton’s The Steakhouse in DC for a day long”Beat Dallas” party on Wednesday. Honk if you Hate Dallas day is Thursday with Redskins personalities spread throughout the area encouraging commuters to, well, honk if you hate Dallas.
My personal favorite event will be Friday when the Redskins cheerleaders will be on the Today Show handing out “Beat Dallas” t-shirts to the crowd. Oh, how I wish I could be in New York on Friday.
The organization will also take part in giving back to the community, including players handing out backpacks of school supplies as well appearances by Redskins players, coaches, and owner Daniel Snyderaround the area.
The scheduling could not have been better with the Redskins playing Dallas on week one for Sunday Night Football on NBC. It’s great to have football back.