The Washington Redskins were facing another make-or-break situation Sunday as they traveled to MetLife Stadium to square off against the then-undefeated New York Giants.
We ventured into the
Lions' Den Hogs' Pen, at Hail & Hog, the Redskins-themed eatery that sprung up in Ashburn earlier this year, and found all eyes were on the desperate-for-a-win team hoping to save itself from yet another round of “rebuilding” talk. Below is a detailed account of what game day looks like at a Redskins bar.
11:59 a.m.: "What time does the game start?" clueless server outs herself as not a sports fan
12:11 p.m.: "There's no way in hell I'd eat shrimp and grits in Loudoun County," dining companion is highly suspicious of Hail & Hog's southern charms
12:12 p.m.: "I like food more than I dislike sweating," a stout bartender explains his philosophy on weight management to co-workers
12:18 p.m.: “You shouldn’t be allowed to work here if you can’t pronounce Baugh correctly,” dining companion can’t believe H&H staff bungled the name of the late Sammy Baugh, a Hall of Fame passer for the Redskins.
12:25 p.m.: "When they started losing, the whole bar cleared out," barkeep says fair weather Redskins fans couldn't stomach watching the entire Dallas game
12:38 p.m.: "Morally I have to finish all this, but I don't want to," dining companion taps out after choking back a few overly salty dry-rubbed wings
12:51 p.m.: "We're 10 minutes away from kickoff!" Hail & Hog announcer hawks game-related giveaways, including two tickets to next week’s game against the Cleveland Browns and a ball signed by “running back Mike Jones.” Same voice crackles over the loudspeaker about 3 minutes later, clarifies that he meant to say Matt Jones "because Mike Jones doesn't play for the Redskins"
1:01 p.m.: Rooftop bartender is sporting a Jason Campbell jersey
1:02 p.m.: Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” blasting on the house stereo during a game break
1:10 p.m.: Billy Idol's “Rebel Yell” cranks
1:16 p.m.: Lots of applause as embattled Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completes a first down
1:19 p.m.: 80s theme continues with Duran Duran's “Hungry Like the Wolf”
1:25 p.m.: "You go to the bathroom and you miss everything," Redskins fan reacts to crowd booing as Giants lodge a 14-yard carry
1:26 p.m.: "A very bad pass," one of a handful of Giants fans in the crowd is not having the dropped pass; Redskins fans are elated by the near interception
1:27 p.m.: "It's an easy $20," a cocky Giants fan brags to pals about the money he's got riding on the game. His friend counters that he’s in for $150
1:55 p.m.: "Yes! Yes!" Giants fan is ecstatic as Redskins drop a ball in the end zone
2:09 p.m.: "There's another flag,” Giants fans are reveling in Redskins missteps
2:29 p.m.: "Yeahhh! We got a chance," Redskins fan is overjoyed at Giants fumble
3:13 p.m.: "There goes Eli with that dumb look on his face," Giants fan can't stand his quarterback’s goofy expression
3:18 p.m.: "We are starting people that I have no f------ idea," lifelong Redskins fans can't name anybody in the secondary
3:24 p.m.: "I wonder how soon this becomes a Fast Eddie's," game watcher suspects Hail & Hog is not long for this world
3:48 p.m.: Bar explodes with laughter as overly emotional Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. lashes out a kickers’ net, and it lashes back
3:56 p.m.: "You can't do that!" Giants fan is irate about a penalty on blocked punt. "They just added him to the roster yesterday. Cut him immediately!"
3:57 p.m.: "We just lost the game on that play right there," Giants fan declares
4:02 p.m.: "See what I'm taking about. I'm not celebrating s---. Old Eli's coming out again," Giants fan feels the wheels are coming off
4:15 p.m.: "We used to have blanket parties for you guys," Redskins fan tells Giants fans how he and his pals used to wail on Dallas Cowboys fans
4:17 p.m.: "We're trash," Cleveland Browns fan is disgusted about being locked in a tie with the Miami Dolphins (#FinsWin!)
4:24 p.m.: "That's aiight. We'll take the walk of shame this time," Giants fan concedes defeat following quarterback Eli Manning’s game-ending interception
The Redskins logged their first victory of the season, beating the Giants 29-27.