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Bobby DeGeorge (Meet the D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan contest finalists)

By Mitch Rubin,

Unfortunately, after the ten finalists were chosen, it was learned that Bobby does not have a local (D.C., Maryland or Virginia) residence, so he is not eligible to advance to Round 2.
Bobby DeGeorge was chosen as one of the 10 finalists in The Washington Post’s D.C’s Greatest Sports Fan contest.

About me: I am currently serving in the USMC as a helicopter pilot; however, I don't let multiple deployments negatively impact my home team devotion and sports knowledge! GO SKINS! 

Defining moment as a D.C. sports fan: Without question it has to be watching Doug Williams go off for four touchdown passes in a quarter and scoring 42 unanswered in the 1988 Super Bowl. I remember wearing my “Touch of Class” sweatshirt and sitting on the couch with dad, crying, as he reassured me that we’d get back in this game after Broncos put up 10 quick points. The best part of the entire experience was listening to Sonny, Sam, and Frank (we always turned down the T.V. and turned up the radio) talk about how Williams had shattered the misconception about the “black quarterback” and how a black quarterback couldn’t lead a team to such a win. 

Unheralded local athlete: Eddie Brinkman would have to be a favorite. Arguably one of the best defensive short stops to have ever played the game, he just couldn’t hit. Had he played for the Yankees, he would have been nationally renowned, but batting a career .224 and playing for the lowly Senators didn’t help his cause. He was a mainstay at short for nine years and could always be relied on to twist it for two or make the play with little fear of committing an error. 

Why I should win: I’m D.C. greatest sports fan because it helps define who I am. I have been a Marine for 13 years, and in those 13 years I have spent very little time in the D.C. area. No matter where I end up I follow my D.C. teams, and, in doing so I stay connected with home. When my team does well it fuels my pride in where I’m from. When they lose, I’m forced to take ample amounts of criticism from fellow Marines, most of whom seem to be from Texas or the Philly area. Being a D.C. sports fan hasn’t been a popular pick of late; therefore I am forced to cheer for my team in extremely hostile environments essentially for the last 13 years. No matter where I go, D.C. is my home, and I’ll cheer proudly “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion”! 

What the judges had to say:

Dan Steinberg: It’s easier to be a D.C. sports fan if you live here.

Cindy Boren: This is a guy who takes his D.C. fandom all around the world.

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