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Redskins, Patriots fans trade football barbs

Redskins, Patriots fans exchange good-natured jabs on sidelines

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Trading football barbs

New England Patriots fans showed where their loyalties lie Tuesday during the second day of practice with the Washington Redskins at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center.

Standing in 90-degree heat as relentless as a Redskins fan’s optimism, Henry Earl Hines Jr. proclaimed loudly that the Redskins are headed to the playoffs.

Nearby, on the sidelines of the Patriots and Redskins practice in Richmond, Patriots fan Damian Rockingham shouted back that his team is going for the title.

Hines, a Richmond resident, laughed and shot back, “Nothing wrong with dreaming.”

Rockingham, who lives in Henrico County, returned with: “These are just facts. Facts!”

The second day of joint practice for the Redskins and Patriots at the Redskins Training Center attracted about 21,600 fans, many of them in either burgundy or blue jerseys.

Hines said that despite the jabs between the two fan bases, things have been cordial at training camp.

“We ain’t crazy. We ain’t going to beat you up because you wear another jersey,” Hines said.

Hines, sporting a DeSean Jackson jersey, said he’s a Redskins fan through and through.

“I take off this jersey and it’s still Redskins underneath,” Hines said.

Algreatus Batton, a Redskins fan from Harrisonburg, sat in a lawn chair next to his coworker, friend and Patriots fan, Dustin Kephart.

“There’s been some ribbing. It’s all very subtle. It’s passive aggressive,” Batton joked.

Tom Brady just wants to be a regular guy. Yep. He’s just a regular guy who has won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, makes millions of dollars per year and is married to a supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, whose income apparently exceeds her husband’s.

Batton said his desk is right next to Kephart’s in their office at Massanutten Resort. During football season, the colors on their desks clash.

Batton said he’s part of one of the most optimistic fan bases in sports history.

He said the optimism is the driving force behind getting so many people to show up at training camp for a team that went 3-13 last year.

In the crowded stadium on Tuesday, there was plenty of ribbing.

Patriots fan Sandy Goodman said there hasn’t been too much tension among fans, but mostly because there’s not much competition.

“We have three rings. How many rings do you have?” Sandy Goodman asked Redskins fans.

Goodman and her three friends held signs for Tom Brady and shouted “Go Tom.”

“He’s our favorite. He’s so dedicated. What quarterback would go down on his salary to help his team? The guy loves the team,” said Goodman, who drove to Richmond from Norfolk with her friends.

Rob Bailey said Redskins fandom can be tracked all the way back in his family lineage.

“It’s bad blood. They’re infected,” joked his friend Mitch Newbury, wearing a Patriots shirt.

Collin Ivey is a Patriots fan convert. He was raised by his father, who was sitting next to him on Tuesday, to be a Redskins fan, but Ivey decided that wasn’t who he was.

“I try to raise my children to be Redskins fans. But I support his decision,” his father Mike Ivey said.

Collin said he has tried to turn his father into a Patriots fan. In response, his father raised one of his sleeves to expose a Redskins tattoo. (804) 649-6580 Twitter: @Chuang2012


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