Jim invited me to go to the preseason game last night at FedEx against the Baltimore Ravens. Of course, the were "Baltimorons" in abundance, these fellows are usually big drinkers, obnoxious, loud and generally asshats. When the National Anthem is played, they yell "Ooooos!" (in honor of the Baltimore Orioles) when it goes ...Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet waive..., but I think that is pretty tasteless.
We took the metro all the way out the blue line that drops you about a mile from FedEx Field and walked the rest of the way in. After we arrived, we had some lightning in the area so they delayed the start of the game for an hour. We hunkered down under the walkways with about a thousand of our best friends and watched the light show. We had two really close lightning strikes (within 50 yards) and another 200 or so that were just as spectacular, but much farther away. The front that came through was very unusual because it stayed around for such a long time, almost the whole time we were under the walkway, there was lightning. Also being up about 80 feet in the air helped having a great view.
We went back to our seats and they started the game, got in a full half and started the third quarter, but then more rain and lightning came in and they stopped the game, after an hour, they called it (11:45 pm). I bought two Redskins hats at one of the concession stands for me and Jim and was surprised that they were each only $10. Usually Dan Snyder is known for really sticking it to the fans as far as prices, but this was a pleasant surprise.
They looked OK, the defense looked like it could handle the Ravens high power Offense. The Ravens were very sloppy, though, 7 penalties in the first half. Our backup QB looks like it will be Collins and he was sharp for a guy who has had limited experience. Campbell will probably be back next week to get some reps for the last preseason game. Go Skins - I am hopeful because its the beginning of the season and we have a fresh start with a new QB.
When the game was called, the Skins were ahead, so I guess it goes into the books as a win, its preseason, so its doesn't matter, but its a win nonetheless.
I got home at about 2:15am and went right to sleep.
I took a few pictures on my camera phone of where we were sitting, so I will try to stitch those together as one picture and post that as one panoramic picture, if I can.