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There’s Still a Place Where Folks Believe in the Redskins Ticket Waiting List. But Not Around Here

Here's how powerful the legend of the Redskins season ticket waiting list really is: Yesterday the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer ran a long column about how a Charlotte lawyer's lifetime dream of having Skins tickets is about to become a reality.

The lede:

In 1989, when he was a 9-year-old from Virginia Beach, Norris Adams had a feverish love for the Washington Redskins.

At a Redskins home game that season, he persuaded his parents to put him on the waiting list to buy season tickets.

Twenty years later, Adams is a 29-year-old lawyer in Charlotte. He recently received a burgundy envelope with the word "CONGRATULATIONS" in golden type.

Adams had made it to the top of the Redskins' list. According to the team, more than 200,000 people are behind him.

According to the story, Adams talked his wife into letting him buy the tickets by telling her "this season ticket opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and it's going to change our lives forever."

In the Carolinas in 2009, getting Skins tickets is not only newsworthy, but a life-changer?

So the legend of the waiting list still has clout 400 miles away from Raljon.

Up here, not so much.

Mr. Adams apparently hasn't heard that in the DC area the Redskins are so short of customers they're sending offers to buy season tickets to folks who never signed up for any waiting list.

Yet by the end of the story, we learn that even Adams, despite all his burgundy and gold delirium, can kinda sense desperation in the Redskins ticket operation.

The kicker:

Adams hadn't even kept the Redskins apprised of his address or contact information, and he has no idea how they found him. He's just glad they did.

"I don't know what voodoo the Redskins used to hunt me down after all these years, but I sure hope they use some of that witchcraft come this fall," Adams said. "Their newest season ticket holder is counting on it."

In the comments section for the story, other readers of the Raleigh paper step forward to say that they, too, have gotten offers for Redskins tickets.

Again, these folks are hundreds of miles away.

Why is Skins management blanketing such a remote market?

All the strange behaviors are enough to make one wonder about those layoffs in the Redskins ticket office a few months back, where workers who reportedly worked "in general admission sales" were let go.

At the time, the firings were portrayed as signs of the bad U.S. economy.

But on the Redskins- owned message board, extremeskins.com, there have been postings that the entire staff of the ticket office has been replaced.

Could it be that Dan Snyder turned over the staff because he was worried that up here, he can't sell enough tickets to fill his stadium?

Can Cody Glenn save the day?

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  • BRIAN

    LOL! THE REDSKINS HAVE SOLD OUT EVERY GAME FOR LIKE 40 YEARS AND RUNNING. U PEOPLE NEED TO GET YOU STORY STRAIGHT THAT STREAK ISNT GOUNG ANYWERE THE REDSKINS ARE ALSO THE HIGHEST GROSSING TEAM IN THE NFL CHECK FORBES.THE OFFERS PEOPLE ARE GETTING ARE FOR PREMIUM SEATS THERE BASICALLY THE MOST EXPENSIVE SEAT LIKE THE DREAM SEATS,LODGE SEATS AND CLUB.THE SEASON TICKET WAITING LIST DOESNT INCLUDE THESE SEATS.MAN WHOEVER U ARE U SHOULD BE PROUD YOU FINALLY GOT ONE OF YOUR DREAMS.FORGET WHAT THE HATERS SAY. TALK TO WHEN CAROLINA HAS WON 3 SUPERBOWLS.OW YEA ONE MORE THING. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS HAIL VICTORY BRAVES ON THE WARPATH FIGHT FOR OL D.C.

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