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An Imaginary Story About The FedExField Pressbox Hot Dogs

Posted by Matt Terl on November 19, 2010 – 3:35 pm

The Washington City Paper received the photo above from an unnamed “member of the media covering” the Redskins/Eagles game Monday night.

According to the City Paper, it’s a “photo of the pre-game ‘meal’ provided for working press,” and is notable because, “most teams serve something that more closely resembles food, since the reporters, producers, photographers, and other journalists at the game are only there doing their jobs.”

The anonymous member of the media in question allegedly went on to tell the City Paper, “There were buns off to the side, no napkins, warm water, and maybe one bottle of a condiment. Embarrassing.”

Embarrassing indeed, except for fact that none of it is true. That’s not a photo from the press box of food from Monday night’s game at FedExField.

This wasn’t exactly tough to figure out, and I’ve confirmed it several different ways.

First of all, the press box caterer pointed out several differences between the fat Angus 5:1 hot dogs they serve and what’s described and shown in the picture: different tablecloths, different presentation (not in a disposable aluminum tray), bottled ketchup.

Second, I was there. And there were hot dogs, yes — although not those — alongside plenty of other food, including some ingenious miniature chicken cordon bleu things and a nacho bar.

And third, just for the heck of it, I asked some of the other beat reporters at Redskins Park today if that picture seemed to be an accurate representation of the press box food.

Mike Jones of TBD.com gave the definitive answer: “The hot dogs that are in the picture definitely aren’t the ones in the press room. The food is set up a whole lot better than that.”

And, Chuck Carroll of FootballNewsNow pointed out, there are even vegetarian options in the actual spread. “There’s salad,” Carroll said. “There’s pasta. There’s coffee. Coffee is important for us vegetarians.”

Not only is the food in the press box better than a lonely tray of hot dogs, it’s actually pretty solid press box fare. “It’s better than the Verizon Center by far,” said Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan.

The Examiner’s John Keim had a different, but no less valid, read on the whole thing. Even if it were “just” hot dogs, Keim pointed out, “It’s free food. Why complain about free food?”

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One Response to “An Imaginary Story About The FedExField Pressbox Hot Dogs”

  1. By ROD LAMKEY on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    This is a spin, obviously. The term “Working Press” refers to tv newscasters and sports writers. Photographers are not allowed to sit at the same table as “Working Press” and are not allowed there to eat those same meals. The hot dogs in the photo is a truthful image, as these are what the photographers have to eat. On any given Sunday anyone of us could take a video of the hot dog table and pan the camera around to show a room where photographers are working. Bon appetite!

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