City Paper is not for tourists
Cheap Seats Daily has gone all “Seven On Your Side” this week. And now the Mayor of FedExField and the Redskins are lovey dovey again, after a brief separation.
Yesterday in this space, we chronicled the latest travails of The Mayor, the most notorious and diehard fan of the Washington Redskins that I’m aware of.
At the time, The Mayor was threatening to stop rooting for the Redskins. He had posted a rant on ExtremeSkins, the team-owned message board, about being arrested and detained at the Redskins game on Sunday after Prince George’s County police spotted him selling a parking pass near the stadium. He says he got $10 for the $35 pass, but the cops told him any such sale was illegal.
The Mayor says he was handcuffed and forced to sit on wet pavement in horrible weather conditions for an hour.
In other words, the P.G. police treated The Mayor as if he were the P.G. County executive!
While he was in their control, The Mayor says, the cops told him they’d been “paid by Dan Snyder” to arrest scalpers. That tidbit caused him to reconsider all the years of spending money on booze, tickets, booze, jerseys, booze, food, and booze for his legendary Redskins parties on stadium grounds on game days. He ranted that because of the treatment, he was emotionally ready to give up his two passions: Rooting for the Redskins and defending Dan Snyder.
While writing up the story, I called the Redskins to ask about any crackdown on scalping at FedExField, and if there was any truth to what the cops allegedly told The Mayor. Tony Wyllie, a team spokesman, told me that while the Redskins indeed hire county officers on game days, there was no direction of any sort from the team to go after folks selling tickets or parking passes.
“We pay for Prince George’s County police to enforce public safety,” said Wyllie.
Wyllie then apparently went the extra mile. According to a post entered yesterday on The Mayor’s own website, Wyllie called The Mayor personally to apologize for the rough treatment on game day, and to reiterate that Snyder had nothing to do with the scalping crackdown.
Wyllie’s call was all it took to bring The Mayor back in the fold.
From The Mayor’s post:
Two days ago I was considering turning in my “an card”, today, I renewed it for life.
This meant a lot to me. That a high ranking member of the Washington Redskins would call me and apologize on behalf of the PG County Police. To call me and reassure me that every Redskin fan was important to the organization, including myself…I will always remember today. Today is when the Redskins proved to me that they do care about their fans more than anything. Today is the day the Redskin organization justified my lifelong support of the team.Today is the day that I NEVER question the owner of this team, Dan Snyder again.
Today is the day I am proudest to be a Redskins fan.
I just put on my Heath Shuler jersey, my 1999 Division Champions hat, and my 1993 Starter jacket.
Today is a good day to be a Redskins fan.
The Mayor and the Redskins are reunited. And it feels so good.
Glad I could help.