There are times in sports where events happen that simply can’t be explained and this Redskins fans is one of them.
On Sunday, the Washington Redskins will host the Detroit Lions at home for the 24th time in the series and every single time the teams have played in our Nation’s Capital the Redskins have lived to tell the tale of their heroics in victory.
That’s right–the Washington Redskins haven’t lost a home game to the Lions since Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President, Babe Ruth hit his 714th and final homerun and the cell phone was just being constructed. I’ll let you decide which one of those doesn’t belong. For you non-history buffs the year is 1935.
Anyway, the Redskins have yet to lose to the Motor City cats at FedExField and their roar was always silenced by their fear of RFK Stadium. The last loss came at Fenway Park—yes the famed home of the Boston Red Sox that was once shared with the Redskins.
The losing streak has weighed on the Lions franchise for the last 76 years—star wide receiver Calvin Johnson included.
Johnson spun his rotary dial yesterday with the number for Redskins Park and chatted with the media about the losing streak saying that neither he nor his teammates are concerned with their inability to win in Washington.
“It is what it is,” Johnson said. “I don’t think about that kind of stuff going into the game.”
Johnson’s head coach, Jim Schwartz, echoed that sentiment saying that what happened when the world was black and white has no impact on this Instagram-filled life we partake in on a daily basis.
“It’s hard to hold these players accountable for something that happens… I didn’t even know until people in our media told me a couple of days ago, because in five years as head coach here with the Lions, we’ve never played in Washington,” Schwartz said. “We’re more familiar with our division opponents. We know what it’s like to play in Lambeau; we haven’t won in Lambeau for a long time.
“I’ve coached in FedExField before. It’s a loud stadium. It’s a very difficult stadium to play in, so we’re going to have to avoid penalties, have to really work hard at our offensive communication, work hard to try to take that crowd out of the game. It’s a very difficult thing to do. The Redskins have a great fan base and they affect the game when they’re out there. So we’re going to have to play our best, but how we play on Sunday is not going to have anything to do with anything other than the 53 guys we take to Washington, the 46 that are active for that game, and how well the 11 that are on the field execute.”
We’ll have the typewriters and leather helmets ready for Sunday’s matinee.
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