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17 Redskins Sponsors You Can Try To Live Without

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At this point, I think the only thing we can do as Redskins fans to affect change is to A) switch teams or B) stop giving the team money.

With regard to Option A, I’ve tried to adopt my home state Panthers as a favorite team in-waiting. Of course, they’re on a five-game losing streak, with the latest loss coming on a pair of misses from ex-Redskins kicker Graham Gano. So that’s going well.

With regard to Option B, most of us stopped going to games and buying merch long ago. The last game I went to at FedEx was JMU-West Virginia, over two years ago. And I can’t remember the last bit of Redskins apparel I purchased, though my wife did get me RGIII socks for Christmas 2012. (“Unbelievably Believable” had a different meaning then.)

So, what do we do? We could quit the team, but that doesn’t feel right. Or we could hit Dan Snyder in the wallet, where it hurts.

To that end, here’s a list of Redskins corporate sponsors* to consider boycotting. Who knows how much it’ll help, but it’s stuff like this that forces Snyder to consider two options of his own: A) sell the team or B) at least put a real football mind in charge.

*This list is incomplete and some of the companies may not be active sponsors. Our apologies for the revenue shortage they’re about to experience.

1. Harris Teeter — Between Giant, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc., this shouldn’t be hard. (If it’s the complimentary sugar cookies you want, feel free to swing by and dip your fingers into that little germ-riddled plastic box.)

2. FedEx — Do people still ship things? LAME.

3. Bank of America — There are other, perhaps less American banks.

4. Coca-Cola — It’s gut rot anyway.

5. Papa John’s — Miss you already, garlic sauce.

6. New York Life — Life insurance is a total pain in the ass.

7. Virginia Lottery — Each year my mother in-law gives us lottery tickets as a stocking stuffer, and each year we come up empty. Ergo Virginia Lottery ruins Christmas.

8. Greene Turtle — Does anyone actually go to Greene Turtle?

9. Sprint — Put your flip phones away, boys.

10. StubHub — There are plenty of other options!

11. Ameritel — Whatever that is.

12. Anheuser-Busch — The king of shitty beer.

13. Tostitos — Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s don’t carry Tostitos.

14. GeicoThey’re all the same.

15. Verizon — Okay, they’ve got me over a barrel.

16. Diageo — This will be hard, but say goodbye to Bulleit, Crown Royal and Johnnie Walker.

17. Audi — The youngest brother Mottram loves his Audi. This may be a problem.

(Image taken with love from Dan Steinberg’s field trip to FedEx, which perfectly illustrates the need for a list like this.)

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. ThisGuy

    November 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Infinite hopelessness.

  2. WFY

    November 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    harris teeter also sponsors the nats thoguh, does that cancel it out?

    Lots of great merch on ebay too – I got a set of #11s with no name a few years back. best of all, they are from early 90s, so Danny Boy got nothing from me.

  3. SiPhi

    November 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    My Football Weekend.

    Saturday:
    Went to the UMD game. It was cold as shit, and they kept it close enough to where I stayed the whole time, only for the inevitable loss. Thought to myself, at least the Skins play the Bucs tomorrow, and Fantasy Football!

    Sunday:
    Subjected myself to that atrocity of a game from my couch. Was ashamed to be a Skins fan. Thought to myself, at least I still have fantasy football!

    Monday:
    Go into the game with Anotonio Brown and Kendall Wright vs. Leveon Bell. Things stay close, think to myself “Ok as long as Bell doesn’t rush for 40 yards and run the clock out I’ll win this game and the football weekend is salvageable.” Leveon Bell runs for 49 yards. I lose by one point.

    Thought to myself, fuck football.

  4. aFineMessi

    November 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    *The Mottram Slump (™)

  5. Jim Ed

    November 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    I’m already boycotting most of these because they offer terrible products, but you can take away my Harris Teeter when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers, Mottrams.

  6. carl

    November 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    season ticket holder since rfk,,, met and talked to some of the greats in private setting,,.Sat on the bench at met dome when they won the super bowl in 1992 (91)GOT MANY GREAT PICTURES…… JACK KENT COOKE told me when we were talking about bus. YOU HIRE SOMEONE WHO YOU THINK HAS THE RIGHT STUFF AND U LET THEM DO THE JOB,,,,,,THE SHANNYS ,,AND GRUDEN ARE CONTROLLED BY THE HYPE AND POLTICS .WHEN THE QB SAYS HE’S PLAYING NO MATTER WHAT IT PISSES EVERYONE OFF BECAUSE NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BUT QUIT A MULTI-MILLON $ JOB SO THEY ENDURE . COACH’S AND PLAYERS.

  7. Chad

    November 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Funny, I don’t use any of those except BoA which hold my mortgage. So I can quit them in 29 or so years!

  8. Ewok

    November 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Empire Flooring and AAA are ones they’re consistently blasting over the PA during TV timeouts…another two to add to the list.

    Popeyes is tied to Redskins two…I’ll cry if I can’t eat that although I did just buy a mini deep fryer. More motivation to get that going.

  9. Mick

    December 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Some one needs to get a banner in Fed Ex that reads:

    16 Years of Lousy Football: WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!

    In 1979, the NY Giant fans did this at the Meadowlands and it made the front page of every major newspaper, the result was the Mara’s got their heads out of their asses, hired Ray Perkins which led to Parcels and the rest was history.

    The problem is, Synder censors any negative sign at the stadium, so one would have to be clever in getting it inside.

    I also would like to see fans do a white out in which we all wear SYNDER SUCKS t-shirts and chant through out the game Synder Sucks…. any one can wear a t-shirt under their coat and get in, if the security tries to censor this, it would be front page news and maybe the end of this owner who is a worse person that owner! Also, the chants would be heard loud and clear on television since their will be so few at the games.

    thoughts..?

    • tab

      December 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      i like it!!! too many scared fans afraid of…uh well dunno waht but think we owe the team undying loyalty …that’s ok when the team is doing things prudent except the few mistakes here and there but 16 yrs of debacles (impulsive and amateur-level mangt) = time to follow your suggestion AND boycott the sponsors

  10. Mike

    December 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    “We could quit the team, but that doesn’t feel right.”

    What, at this point, doesn’t feel “right” about it?

    • Jamie Mottram

      December 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Good question. I just kinda feel like I need a team to root for, you know?

  11. tab

    December 15, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    lets do it!!!!! I was thinking if in addition to stop buying tix & redskins merchandise, if we stopped buying stuff from the sponsors–AND TOLD them we were stopping until Danny sells the team, that had some possibilities–then I googled who their top sponsors are and bam Mr irrelevant already did a list–missing on the list is popeyes and subway and the wash post….but seriously–take a look …if 200,000 people wee o cease buying stuff and email each and tell them why….maybe danny would have no choice–and the best case scenario would be a large group of investors buys the team–and for $1000 we the genrl public c an buy a share and we can model ownership like the packers do……

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