The place of employment for Matthew Kennedy was reported incorrectly Monday. He is manager of The Guard's restaurant in Georgetown.
Redskins fans were dancing in the streets, moving their feet, tooting their horns and shouting themselves hoarse throughout the Washington area Saturday night and yesterday morning, celebrating their team's 31-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
But with all the boogalooing, "high fives," drinks on the house and shouts of " 'Skins," Washington was spared the mayhem that police officials had feared would accompany its biggest sports victory in 10 years.
At least 47 people were arrested in the District for disorderly conduct Saturday night and yesterday morning, police said, and 34 more were arrested for driving while intoxicated. This was fewer arrests, however, than the city's law enforcement officials had anticipated.
More than 35 police officers from stations around the city were assigned to help officers patrol the streets and taverns of Georgetown, the center of the city's merrymaking. Most of the action was in the bars and on the four corners of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, where a contingent of Hare Krishna followers mingled with beer-drinking football devotees.
"It's wild down there," said Officer Herbert Brown, on duty at the Second District, which includes Georgetown. He said the most serious offenses apparently were by celebrants simply standing in the street waving their arms as though directing traffic. At least one of the three arrests for disorderly conduct in the Second District was for that offense, Brown said.
"It's just like New Year's Eve, Halloween and St. Patty's Day all rolled into one," said Matthew Kennedy, manager of Nathan's bar.
"I think that every single college student is down here tonight," said Mary Anne Dooley, a Trinity College sophomore who spent the evening celebrating with school friends.
Howard University students Kenny Page, 18, and Mike Alexander, 19, said that they saw many of their friends in the crowd. "I'm from Ohio," Page called cheerfully above the din as carloads of exultant fans whooped and whistled. "I've never seen it like this before."
Just after 3 a.m., Jeff Ayers, an accountant from Kensington who had watched the game at Nathan's, began to head for home, tired but happy. "I've been down here since noon," Ayers said.
The mood throughout the Washington area was one of exuberance.
Across the Potomac, in the parking lot at the Bailey's Crossroads bar and restaurant owned by Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, a brawl marred the post-game revelry. There were no arrests.
Some fans had to work last night. At the Little Tavern in Georgetown, where customers lined the counter two deep, employe Alvin Cartwright turned out hamburgers by the dozens.
"I usually get off at 11, but I've been down here since 4 and I'll be here 'till 8," because of the crowds, said Cartwright, 22, who added that he had $50 betting on the game.
Another cook, Maurice Robinson, 22, said he spent $50 on his ticket and won $297 on the game. With the money, said the Southeast Washington resident, "I'm on my way to Pasadena."
Team spirit such as this kept local travel agencies busy this weekend booking flights to California. Three agencies reported receiving more than 1,000 inquiries yesterday regarding their package Super Bowl tours to Pasadena next week. By yesterday afternoon, several hundred Redskins fans had already made reservations for the trip.