Washington Bar Plans Redskins ‘Wake’


Last month, Washington Redskins fan John Ray Bartgis’s obituary informed that “one of his final wishes was that the team members would be his pallbearers so they can let him down one last time.” This month, a D.C. watering hole hosts a wake for the 3-11 team.

Lou’s City Bar holds the mournful event on Saturday prior to the Redskins game against the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s essentially a must-win for the Eagles if they want to play in the postseason. It’s essentially a must-lose for the Redskins if they wish to retain a shot at the top choice in next year’s draft. The “Washington Wake” offers mourners “Im-peach Snyder” shots.

The Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg reports on similar spontaneous demonstrations of frustration around the globe. All the way across the ocean in London, dejected Redskins fans, coming home for Christmas, devised a plan to dress as clowns in the stands during this weekend’s game. It’s more pleasant than wearing a paper bag over the head, one surmises.

A Silver Spring family include a present labeled “New Owner” in their frontyard Christmas-wish display. And at Fed Ex Field, the plethora of Eagles fans in attendance on Saturday may prove the most humiliating statement of the sad state of affairs for the once-proud franchise.

The Redskins won as many playoff games during the 1991 postseason as they have won since then.