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Claire Danes mocks the Wizards in ‘Homeland’


If not, here’s a brief synopsis, from Showtime:

When MIA Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody returns home to a hero’s welcome after eight years in enemy confinement, brilliant but volatile CIA agent Carrie Mathison isn’t buying his story. She believes that Brody has been turned and is now working for Al Qaeda. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse with nothing short of American national security at stake.

How does this relate to D.C. sports? Well, in a recent episode, the characters played by Danes and Lewis are leaving a drinking establishment, when they have this conversation:

Danes: “I can’t STAND the Wizards. What kind of name is that anyway? For a basketball team? The Wizards? What? Like, magicians in hoods?”

Lewis:Redskins?”

Danes: [Gasping, holding heart, as seen above] “I LOVE the Redskins. No, I grew up on the Redskins. My father thought he WAS a Redskin. He used to take me to games in the freezing cold. One time, we wore sleeping bags. We climbed in, we zipped em up, all you could see was our eyes.”

Lewis: “You have great eyes” 

Danes: “Thank you.”

Lewis: “Kind of secretive.”

Danes: “It comes with the job. Secretive eyes. It’s a requirement. Really. Oh jeez. We drank too much. Oh, I’m going to puke.”

Ok, kind of got off-topic by the end there. But still, to have your nickname mocked in a critically acclaimed TV drama...that’s good times.

Many thanks to Reader Jason for the help on this.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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