The mythical link of civic pride in the name “Washington” to being located within actual city limits died long ago for this football team. The political priority of keeping an NFL team is drastically lower when the pro baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer teams all now play here. Would it alienate Maryland fans? Maybe, but no more so than the current situation already does for fans on the other side of the Potomac River.
Fans would no doubt still rejoice if the Loudoun-based Redskins win a Super Bowl. They would still flood the parade route, wherever it ran. But the song talks about fighting for ol’ D.C., not for ol’ Brambleton or mighty Waxpool. A move west might be inevitable, but it’s still sad.
“I’m going to be very retro with it. It’s going to feel like RFK. It’s going to move like RFK. I love that. I actually asked the architectural firm to do it, and they said they could do it, so I said I think that the local bowl sections are going to want to rock the stadium like the old days.”