We’re tired of reading about the Steelers fans at FedEx Field last night and hardly ever read Michael Wilbon’s columns anymore, so I would’ve missed this had it not been for the Bog. To quote Wilbon:
“Leftwich might have thought he was playing in Pittsburgh, since between 15,000 to 20,000 Steelers fans snapped up tickets and promptly took over FedEx Field in their black road jerseys. It really gets a little tiresome hearing how great Redskins fans are, only to see fans of the Cowboys or Steelers or Eagles commandeer FedEx Field. Really, they’re a very average lot, at best.“
Let us count the ways in which this is a fucked-up statement:
1. Using his numbers, there were still 70,000-75,000 Redskins fans there; a number that fills most NFL stadiums.
2. Because Pittsburgh was amazing in the ’70s and has won five Super Bowls, they have fans everywhere. To wit, a pregame polling map on ESPN showed that, despite the Redskins being favored, 47 out of 50 states picked the Steelers to win.
3. Steelers fans travel well, and D.C. is four hours from Pittsburgh.
4. Generally speaking, people relocate to D.C. from Pittsburgh, not the other way around. This, in concert with item No. 2, is why there are Steelers bars in the District. Plus, this was the first Steelers game in Washington since 1988.
5. The Redskins have the biggest stadium in the league, one that always sells out even though it sucks, and the team makes more money than any other despite not being consistently good since the early ’90s. It’s accurate to rank the Skins’ fanbase behind those of Dallas and Pittsburgh, sure, but to say it’s middle-of-the-pack is absurd.
6. This wouldn’t even be an issue had the Skins won or made it close.
So, in summation, “Really, [Wilbon is] a very average [writer], at best.”
(Photo via “my friends” at Yahoo! Sports’ soon-to-be-named MMA blog.)