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Bruce Allen And The (Deanwood) Cowboys

Posted by Matt Terl on April 16, 2011 – 4:31 pm

Bruce Allen spent a few hours on Saturday at the Deanwood Recreation Center in D.C.’s Ward 7. Allen spoke to the kids, helped them with an Easter egg hunt, talked to them about the importance of exercise (as part of the Play 60 intiaitive), spoke a bit about the Redskins offseason, and hung out with the Easter bunny. It was a good day, and the sparkling new rec center provided an excellent venue.

Excellent enough, in fact, that Allen went out of his way to praise it to the media in attendance. “This is my first time to Deanwood,” Allen said, “and I’m really impressed — except for one of the football teams that plays here is named the Cowboys. Which … we talked to the coach about that.”

Everyone chuckled dutifully before moving on to questions about draft plans and lockouts and what-not, and Allen’s comment didn’t really make much of an impression on me until later, when I saw a guy wearing a jacket with this on the back:

Bruce Allen making an idle joke about the team being named the Cowboys is one thing; the Redskins/Cowboys rivalry has been a part of his life for forty years and he enjoys playing it up. But that’s not just a team named the Cowboys, which could look like anything … I mean, that’s the entire logo and color scheme of the Dallas Cowboys, only with ALLAS replaced by EANWOOD.

The guy wearing the jacket turned out to be Deanwood executive director Roy Wright, and he took full responsibility for naming the team.

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