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Writing about a football game (especially a football game whose outcome is well known and potentially painful to all) is a daunting task for a girl from Eastern Europe who, a decade into living in America, still bases all her game knowledge on what she picked up while watching (and crying) through “Blind Side” and “Friday Night Lights”. But hey, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it is a great time to celebrate not just the sport but all the traditions and pageantry that surround it, right?


RIGHT. After all, every time I’ve actually gone to a football game in America (as opposed, say, to slugged through watching it on cable), I’ve had the best time ever. Sure, it is about the score, but it is about the razzle dazzle of it all too, and don’t even try to deny it.


Some fun facts to get us started:

  • The first game in NFL history was played on October 3, 1920. The game was played by the Columbus Panhandles and the Dayton Triangles. Dayton won, in case you were wondering.
  • The Redskins – Cowboys rivalry started in 1960 when Cowboys joined the league as an expansion team. Apparently that year there was some kind of squabble over the rights for the REDSKINS fight song between the two teams and nothing has ever been the same.
  • During the tenure of this rivalry, the two franchises have won 27 combined division titles and eight combined Super Bowls.
  • Right now-neither team is having a particularly jazzy season.
  • Cowboys are, though, on a hot winning streak against the Redskins in their match-ups over the last two seasons.
  • Yes, Redskins lost on Sunday (this is their sixth loss in a row, making it quite the grim Thanksgiving ahead)
  • and yes, we’re still rooting for them (come on, anyone who’s seen a sports movie knows that the more unfortunate the losing streak, the more amazing the comeback will be, right? RIGHT? What do you mean, movies are not like real life? SHUT UP!)


Well, in any which case, we had some super sharp tickets for Sunday’s game, the day was gorgeous, the self-tanner on the Redskins cheerleaders glowing so strong we almost saw it in NW and so we packed up and headed out to the ballgame. If you needed to find us, we were the ones that didn’t exhibit almost any team spirit (on the outside)


Things we did have: lots of Bud Light Lime (it makes everything taste like summer), a working knowledge of the Redskins fight song (Cale’s history teacher back in South Carolina was a big fan and made them sing it before every class), an appreciation for the general majesty of FedEx field (h/t to HOK), healthy helpings of Famous Dave’s BBQ throughout the game and a very official photo pass for Shauna which resulted in the amazing photos of the game AND the fans you’ll see below.

And yeah, the game, the game was a heartbreaker. Lets just not talk about it-enjoy the sparkly photos.


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