John Wall showed up to the Redskins vs. Cowboys game Sunday afternoon at Fedex Field sporting a throwback Emmit Smith jersey. As expected, Redskins’ fans were irate.
The irony is, many Washingtonians would consider themselves to be Cowboys fans and not Redskins fans.
I’ve been a Redskins fan all of my life. When watching the Redskins-Cowboys games over the years, you’ll always hear a roar from the crowd when the visitors score. In 2008, I got my first taste of the rivalry in-person at Fedex Field. While I did expect there to be a bunch of Cowboys’ fans in attendance, I’d say there was a 65/35 split in favor of the Redskins, at a “home” game.
But this is what Washingtonians have been accustomed to.
For those crying in outrage, please attend a Wizards game when the Celtics, Knicks, Spurs, Thunder, Warriors, Cavs, or Bulls are in town. Verizon Center turns into a road atmosphere for the Wizards. Just this past season, John Wall was booed at the free throw line by a sea of Lakers fans, at Verizon Center.
Washington’s star player, booed at the free throw line by a mob of visiting fans in what was supposed to be a “home game.”
If the Redskins didn’t stumble out of the gate with a 0-2 record, this would be a non-topic for discussion. Instead, we’d probably be talking about the football team; not who’s on the sideline wearing what jersey.
At the end of the day, John Wall is a transplant who’s career brought him to Washington, D.C. and he happens to root for the hated Dallas Cowboys. Sounds like most sports fans in the Washington, D.C. area, no?