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Count Alex's Losses
10-27-2009, 03:06 PM
I like this, but...it's still kinda lame.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/10/27/redskins-rule-fans-cant-bring-signs-to-games/

The Washington Redskins haven't just stripped head coach Jim Zorn of the ability to call the plays. They've also stripped their fans of the ability to bring signs to FedEx Field.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins have issued a blanket policy that no fans are permitted to enter the stadium with signs of any kind. This is a new policy -- a few weeks ago the team banned only inappropriate and offensive signs -- but a Redskins spokesman told the Post he wasn't sure when or why the policy changed.

The official word from the team is that signs and banners can't be permitted in the stadium because they could obstruct fans' views, and the team even says spectators could be injured by signs. But it's hard not to think the Redskins made this policy because they anticipate large numbers of fans bringing signs to the stadium that criticize the team and owner Daniel Snyder.

Whatever the reasons for the policy, the result -- as Steinberg documents -- is that a number of fans who didn't know about the policy were forced to throw their signs away before they could enter Monday night's game against the Eagles. Among the signs that security personnel wouldn't allow in the stadium was one that said, "Hi to my husband in Afghanistan. Love you." Steinberg fished that one -- and several others -- out of a trash can outside FedEx Field.

Obviously, not every sign is going to be as heart warming as a message to a soldier overseas -- one fan was removed from the stadium for a decidedly more negative banner (http://misterirrelevant.com/index.php/2009/10/27/redskins-fan-booted-from-mnf-game-banned-from-fedex-for-anti-snyder-sign/) -- but the bottom line for the Redskins is that they've decided they don't want their fans expressing any opinion in a way that can easily be picked up by TV cameras. It's probably safe to say the Redskins wouldn't have a problem with signs in the stands if they didn't have so many problems on the field.

rockymtnchief
10-27-2009, 03:09 PM
But it's hard not to think the Redskins made this policy because they anticipate large numbers of fans bringing signs to the stadium that criticize the team and owner Daniel Snyder.
Next, they'll ban brown paper bags.

booger
10-27-2009, 03:13 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Diner-morning-news-Lessons-for-Snyder.html

Lombardi rips Snyder pretty good in this article.

Johnny Vegas
10-27-2009, 03:16 PM
Taking personal freedoms away from public to save their ass from embarrassment. Thing is the embarrassment is that whole team on the field and want to use Zorn and the fans as scapegoats. :D

Nixhex
10-27-2009, 03:19 PM
Why bring a sign to the game anyway? All you are doing is blocking someones view with it. If you can put it somewhere it doesn't block a fan's view then ok. That's often not the case. If some "look at me, douchebag" has a sign blocking my view I will steal that shit and rip it up. I didn't pay $75 to stare at the back of a green poster board for half the game.

Rain Man
10-27-2009, 05:28 PM
As long as we know charades, the people cannot be silenced.



Two words.

1st word rhymes with ... with .... quack! bill! Duck! Yes! Yes! Duck!

Fruit Ninja
10-27-2009, 05:44 PM
Why bring a sign to the game anyway? All you are doing is blocking someones view with it. If you can put it somewhere it doesn't block a fan's view then ok. That's often not the case. If some "look at me, douchebag" has a sign blocking my view I will steal that shit and rip it up. I didn't pay $75 to stare at the back of a green poster board for half the game.

yep, fuck signs to the fullest. Your just ruining someone elses game day experience. I have no sympathy for sign guys. Fuck that, they should have never alloweed them ever.

Baconeater
10-27-2009, 06:17 PM
Why bring a sign to the game anyway? All you are doing is blocking someones view with it. If you can put it somewhere it doesn't block a fan's view then ok. That's often not the case. If some "look at me, douchebag" has a sign blocking my view I will steal that shit and rip it up. I didn't pay $75 to stare at the back of a green poster board for half the game.
I guess I assumed Look At Me Douchebag only held up the signs coming in and out of commercial breaks when they know the camera is pointing at them. If they are holding them up during the whole game, well yeah I can see people having issues with that.