The Redkins franchise is worth an estimated $1.5 billion. Their revenue last year was by far tops in the NFL coming in at $327 million while gate receipts were a whopping $84 million. They are the proud tenants the NFL’s largest stadium. A stadium that seats nearly 92,000 fans.
It seemed that nearly half of those 92,000 made the drive down from Pittsburgh last night. It was really loud when the ‘Skins had the ball, especially on 3rd down. The Redskins even had to go to a silent count in their own stadium.
From Jason La Canfora:
In what may be the saddest testament yet to the sight of the Steelers’ fans taking over FedEx Field last night and dominating the lower bowl with all the terrible towels, the Redskins offense had to go to a silent count at times, at home, because of all the noise the visiting fans were making.
“We had to go silent at least a couple of times,” one veteran player said. “It was loud down there, especially on third down. I never seen anything like that, at home, with 90,000 people there. It seemed like they had more fans than we did. That was sad. They had guys like Troy [Polamalu] raising his arms on third down and all these people are yelling and screaming for the Steelers. It was pretty sad, man.”
Naturally I also was interested to see what some of our favorite Washington area writers were saying about the abysmal showing from ‘Skins fans last night:
From Michael Wilbon:
The Steelers left town with a victory, with Roethlisberger also smiling and not seriously hurt, and with the Redskins licking their wounds after what felt like a loss on the road. From the racket made and “Terrible Towels” being waved, Leftwich might have thought he was playing in Pittsburgh, since between 15,000 to 20,000 Steelers fans snapped up tickets and promptly took over FedEx Field in their black road jerseys. It really gets a little tiresome hearing how great Redskins fans are, only to see fans of the Cowboys or Steelers or Eagles commandeer FedEx Field. Really, they’re a very average lot, at best.
The DC Sports Bog has some estimates on the percentage of Steelers fans in the crowd.
My original guess was 15 percent, but I was mocked for going too low. Was it 20 percent? Was it 25 percent? Some writers guessed as high as 30, and the Washington Times went with 33 percent, although I still say that’s way too high. Your guess on the percentage?
I am in agreement with Wilbon. You hear how the Redskins are the most valuable franchise in the NFL (now number 2) and how great their fans are. I have never really seen it. Sure they are good maybe even better than average. How hard is that when the ‘Skins are realistically the only game in town. Just when it looked like the Steelers might be done. The team and their fans embarrassed a contender in their home stadium.
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