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Mayor Adrian Fenty, Cheerleader

Posted by Matt Terl on September 7, 2010 – 5:55 pm

Washington, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty joined the proclamation parade today, officially declaring Redskins Week in the District and issuing a challenge to the mayor of Dallas that staked half smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl against, yes, Texas barbecue. (If I’m Texan chicken fried steak, I’m starting to feel a little slighted at this point.)

But before that, before handing out bags of school supplies to kids at Powell Elementary School alongside Brian Orakpo and H.B. Blades, Fenty led the crowd of students in a rousing “Beat Dallas” cheer. Make sure your speakers aren’t up too loud before hitting play on this one. (Or, alternately, make sure you’re ready to get really fired up with five full days before gametime. Either way.)

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Arlington Mayor Seems Prepared For Dallas To Lose

Posted by Matt Terl on September 7, 2010 – 11:20 am

Today is the official start of Redskins Kickoff Week, a fact that’s being given a bit of a boost by official proclamations in Prince George’s County, D.C., and Loudoun County. I’ll have more on these festivities later today, but this little snippet seemed worth posting quickly.

At the Prince George’s County event — held on the field at FedExField — County Executive Jack Johnson made a friendly wager with Dr. Robert Cluck, the mayor of Arlington, Texas. The terms are pretty typical of this kind of thing: if the Cowboys win, County Executive Johnson has to wear Dallas gear and a crab bomb from Jerry’s Seafood is shipped to Texas. If the Redskins win, Mayor Cluck wears burgundy and gold and barbeque from Spring Creek Barbeque in Texas gets sent to PG county. All easy enough.

The bet was made via speakerphone, and contained about as much comradely boasting as you’d expect — “When you wear that burgundy and gold, put it on YouTube,” that kind of thing — all in fun. But check out this brief snippet from the end of the call. Unless I’m completely misunderstanding the terms of the bet, it sure sounds like the Mayor of Arlington, Texas, is getting fairly prepared for a Cowboys loss.

County Executive Johnson seems understably wrong-footed by the Mayor’s statement, but he told me afterward that he’s looking forward to trying to the Texas specialty: Read more »

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