Drew Tong and Kim Davison – SkinsFanInTennessee and KnoxSkinsGal, if you know them from ExtremeSkins – are proud first year Redskins season ticket holders. They sit up in the last row of section 415, and they haven’t missed a home game this year despite living in Knoxville, Tennessee. (The drive up takes about eight hours, and they make a weekend of it with the rest of the ES crew.)
For Sunday’s game, Tong decided to do something special for Davison. He managed to get hold of Dream Seats, down in the corner of the endzone directly next to the Redskins tunnel, and pregame field passes.
“Kim had no idea about the Dream Seats or field passes,” he says. “She just thought we were going to our regular seats in the upper deck until we got to the security check and I handed her the dream seat ticket. I just told her Merry Christmas.”
This would probably have been enough of a surprise on its own. So when Tong dropped to one knee in that muddy corner of the field and pulled out a ring, Davison was just about speechless.
The two met online in April of 2007 (“Yeah, I guess those commercials are true,” Tong notes), the same month that the Redskins selected LaRon Landry and H. B. Blades in the NFL Draft.
They went to their first Skins game together a few months later, the preseason opener against the Titans at LP Field in Nashville, which the Redskins won 14-6 on two late touchdowns, and the two hosted the ExtremeSkins tailgate for the game. “That’s where I found that she can yell louder than me,” Tong says.
He describes himself as lifelong Redskins fan, and Davison was a college football fan who has grown to love to pro game – and the Redskins – since meeting Tong. Now the two are engaged to be married in Tennessee some time during the summer. “She’s already told me, no way in hell we are getting married during football season,” Tong says, which shows a couple whose priorities are firmly in order.
Their first game together was a win in 2007. Their first game as an engaged couple was an upset win over the Eagles that took them, as Tong notes, “from the last row to the first row”.
So, in addition to wishing them well, I’m going to encourage them to attend Redskins games after every significant event in their lives. I’m not a particularly superstitious guy, but you can’t argue with results.
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