Sunday, November 11, 2007

*This wasn’t the normal parking lot atmosphere for an Eagles-Redskins game. There were fewer Philadelphia fans than in previous years, when the Eagles were at the top of the NFC East. The most interesting sight of the morning was a Redskins fan decked out in a vintage coach’s sweater (the one Joe Gibbs wore for the Super Bowl win over Denver) zooming around in a motorized cooler. It even had a cup holder.

*Sean the Philadelphia Fan (and longtime friend of Seen and Heard) called an hour before kickoff. He said, Go Eagles … lose today. Sean added, I want the losing to continue, the rebuilding to begin. I want to be in a position to draft Darren McFadden in the draft. And I want enough money available to sign Max Starks.

*Did somebody tell fans holding tickets in the upper deck the game was canceled?

Moments before kickoff, there were rows of empty seats upstairs, more than at any time in the last few years. Maybe people have finally decided, “This stadium is a wretched fan experience. I’ll watch the NFL Sunday Ticket — in high definition — at home.”

*Monty Fever is catching on. Anthony Montgomery is a favorite of at least three Redskins beat guys — he goes by Ol’ Monty to us — and there was his No. 94 burgundy jersey in the lower bowl. Probably a family member, but it’s progress nonetheless.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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