Allison Bagot is one of 10 finalists in The Washington Post’s D.C’s Greatest Sports Fan contest.
About me: [I’m a] 22-year-old D.C. sports fanatic and an avid attendee of Redskins, Capitals, Nationals, Hoyas, and even Wizards games! My best accomplishments in life include attending 2008's NFL HOF inductions, The Winter Classic, Big East championships, and at least 15 Nats games a year.
Defining moment as a D.C. sports fan: I'd like to recognize New Year’s Day 2011, and the Capitals 3-1 victory over hated rivals, Pittsburgh, as my defining moment. I believe away game attendance is a crucial part of fandom, and this experience was a trip of a lifetime, including giving up New Year’s Eve to the city of Pittsburgh, and requesting/receiving only Winter Classic gear for Christmas. Taunting Pens fans’ Stanley Cup jeers had no effect on the mood of me and my companions as the sky cleared and drizzle stopped... This game remains in my memories as "the best thing I've ever done" And I'm forever proud to, sometimes "rock the white" Winter Classic jersey.
Unheralded local athlete: I buy a Redskins jersey every year, and with the constant turning over of coaches and players, Santana Moss is my only current-player jersey in the closet. I can get away with a Sean Taylor or and Art Monk as well, but one jersey I am needlessly hesitant to purchase is #59 London Fletcher. His recent Pro Bowl status was a long time coming, and his veteran leadership as a captain happens not only in the locker room where he is charismatic and inspiring, (Walter Payton nominee 2009) but especially on the field, where it seems the announcers can’t keep his name out of their mouths. Maybe this means he is finally "heralded", but I'd like to see his jerseys in the Redskins store, and more on the backs of fans in the stands. He deserves it!
Why I should win: I choose to submit my upcoming ticket holdings and travel plans as evidence of my loyalty and dedication. Tickets are booked for The Miami/Redskins game, followed by Redskins/Cowboys the next Sunday, followed by a late night flight to Maui for The EA sports Maui Invitational, featuring the Georgetown Hoyas, I'll arrive home as an 11-game season ticket holder for the Hoyas. Capitals games remain "Stubhubed" for every night I can and my calendar is filled only with dates of important games. Some people take a year off after graduation to travel. It was never my intention, but I have realized I've taken on part-time jobs only to fund travel plans and tickets for sporting events, leaving my current ticket stub collection at 104 at age 22.
What the judges had to say:
Tracee Hamilton: Her story was good. I liked her enthusiasm, especially about the Winter Classic.