[Throughout training camp, Redskins Blog is going to catch up with some fans about their take on the Washington Redskins and some of their "war" stories on Sundays. Before the first practice session, we chatted with two fans who knew right away that their relationship was a 'winner' due to their team allegiance.]
When people first meet, they often don’t know each other past facial recognition and name. Diving into the next step of a relationship is learning what bonds you share.
For diehard fans Jessica and Matt, the Washington Redskins was one of the first commonalities they had.
“Obviously when we first met we were talking about sports and everything and she said ‘ I’m a Redskins fan’ we like sports. We both like the Redskins, winner’,” Matt said.
The two grew up in the heart of Redskins country in Northern Virginia, but ultimately decided to move to Richmond eight years ago.
While the Washington, D.C. area gives residents a chance to attend any professional sporting event of their choosing, Richmond’s main sporting attraction is the minor league Richmond Flying Squirrels.
With the Redskins temporary move to Richmond, though, Jessica, thinks that training camp will give DMV residents and Redskins most faithful a chance to see how great Virginia’s capital is.
“It’s really bringing a lot of good publicity, a lot of people to the area because Richmond has a lot to offer,” Jessica said of the team’s temporary home for the next few weeks. “Lots of good restaurants, lots of good things to do so as far as being a destination you can come here and visit do this and then do a lot of other things.”
Despite the fact that they had relatives in close proximately to Redskins Park when they were living in NOVA, this is the first time they have ever attended training camp.
“No, never did,” Matt said. “And it was right by Jessica’s mom’s house.”
Hotels all across the city were booked weeks in advance for training camp, and as Matt let me know, his family isn’t part of the hordes of Redskins fans keeping an eye on the cheapest rates in town.
“Now that it’s right in our backyard we’ve got family from Mississippi, North Carolina, that say they’ll come visit and now that it’s here they say ‘hey we want to come visit’. It’s pretty funny.”
Jessica, sporting a No. 47 Chris Cooley jersey, said she’s going to miss seeing him out on the field during training camp this year.
The second best thing after seeing a Cooley touchdown catch?
Hearing his voice on Sundays.
“I love that he’s still on board. I think he’s really been an asset,” Jessica said of the nine-year pro. “I think it’s great that he’s still going to do this for us. He’s definitely a loyal Redskins fan.”
So are you Jessica and Matt.
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