Redskins fans indulge sports bar rivalry instead of traditional Thanksgiving
GERMANTOWN – While many families stayed home to watch the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, some local residents headed to the bars as part of a weekly football tradition.
“Oh, this is a real rivalry game. I’ve been a part of the bar for three months and the Redskins-Cowboys fans are the most loyal fans,” said Demetre Peterson at the Green Turtle.
The North Carolina native did not have his normal packed house at the Green Turtle for a typical Redskins Cowboys game yet the fans who were there were on the edge of their seat with each score.
Cheers came when Dallas scored to make the score 10-3.
As for the Redskins contingency of George Martinez, Nelson Espinoza, and Ceilia Portillo, they attended the Turtle because as they put it, “It actuality was the only place showing the game.”
Martinez said he wouldn’t be too bummed out by a loss, perhaps a good thing as Dallas ultimately triumphed 31-26.
“Not really because I’m still going to be happy with my Redskins. Win or lose, I’m still going to be a Redskins fan.”
Yet, in the early going as the Redskins fell down, 17-3, the Redskins fans seemed to be left to slouch in their seats waiting for a comeback.
At that point, Espinoza said, the afternoon had been “nerve-wracking.”
At halftime, as Washington trailed 17-6, the Redskins contingent was not completely dejected.
An end of the quarter drive gave the Redskins supporters a glimmer of hope that the Skins could pull themselves back in the game. Espinoza declared that, of course, the Redskins would win.
Sure enough, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousin hooked up with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a 67-yard touchdown and the Redskins supporters erupted.
What seemed like a foregone conclusion of a Cowboys’ victory all of the sudden became a one-score affair at 24-19.
In the end though, the Cowboys ran out the clock for the win, leaving the fans mixed with happiness for people clad in blue stars and dejection for those sporting the burgundy and gold.
“(I’m) a little upset,” said Espinoza. “(They’ve) got to play better defense.”