So, here’s a really great idea the Redskins had:
Two and a half years after Sean Taylor’s death, the locker room memorial for one of the Redskins’ most beloved players is being removed from Redskins Park. The locker will reappear before the start of the season at FedEx Field [...]
But, of course, this is the Redskins. Naturally, they had to fuck it up:
[T]he locker will be moved to the Club A tower of FedEx Field. Only club-level ticketholders will be able to view the locker on gamedays, but team officials say fans will be able to visit the locker during other events and during stadium tours.
You know, because the real fans who will appreciate this are in the club level, with the free tickets they scored from the VP of [inset company name here], who will walk past it, ask “who was No. 21?” and then find a TV at the cigar bar to watch the team they actually are a fan of play. I’m sure those are the people Portis is referring to here:
“I think the true fans, the people who’ve really been down with the Redskins from Day 1, win, lose or draw — I think they’ll have a great appreciation,” Portis said. “I think it’s really gonna hit home with a lot of ‘em. I think it’s gonna bring tears to a lot of eyes for the people who really can appreciate the work that Sean put in. That people have an opportunity to share and continue to be a part of his legacy … it’s gonna be great.”
Rick Maese argues that the concrete jungle that is the concourse wouldn’t be an appropriate setting for such a memorial. Fair enough, I guess. But how hard is it to fancy-up a space in the regular concourse for the locker to reside? Put down some woods floors, slap some Taylor images on the walls as a backdrop and put the encased locker in the middle of it. Presto.