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Cheap Seats Daily: Gary Clark Will Set the ‘Ultimate Tailgate’ Record Straight Soon

I had a fabulously odd meeting with Gary Clark over the weekend. The former Washington Redskins great wanted to talk about a column I wrote about an all-day tailgate party and gala that he had announced would be held at RFK Stadium on August 29. The soiree was named, among other things, the "Ultimate Tailgate Party and Tribute to Joe Gibbs and his Gridiron Warriors," and was hailed by organizers alongside ticket solicitations as "the greatest sports event ever held in the Capital City of Washington, DC."

My story was called "The Greatest Redskins Party You'll Never Go To."

Clark didn't like the story.

During our meeting, Clark told me, "You're on crack!" several times. He kept taking off one of his gigantasaurus Super Bowl rings and waving it in the air or putting it on the table in front of me.

He asked me whether I "ever even played the game." (As if he didn't know about my career ending with that 3-7 campaign of the Falls Church Jaguars during my senior season 30 years ago.) He told me I wouldn't have written the story like I did if I knew my Redskins history.

"Do you even know who Clarence Vaughn is?" Clark asked.

"Safety," I said, like I knew what I was talking about.

"No! Cornerback!" Clark said. (Wikipedia says safety, Gary! Why'd you do me like that?)

Clark asked for a retraction of everything I'd written, but didn't come up with anything about the story as we went over it during the meeting to back up his request. He said he would be emailing me soon with more info about the event and how the scheduling went down, and I told him I'd write about that when he sent it.

The best news: Clark, who was one of the toughest Redskins of all time and looks like he could still play the game, didn't ground and pound me into a pulp at any point during our meeting.

He did, however, tell me twice that I'd be in physical danger if "my linebackers" ever found out the way that my story mentioned Mel Kaufman, a former Skins linebacker who died last year but whose name was on the party invitation.

Oh, and he said the all-day tailgate party and gala is definitely back on. Only now it's scheduled for December 29. That's a Tuesday.

Cheap Seats Daily will stay up with all developments in Clark's shindig.

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  • Q

    Dave, so this means that there will be a tailgating party in the Winter...after Christmas...assuming the Redskins aren't in playoff contention...outside...did I mention that it would be Winter?

  • Dave McKenna

    are you suggesting that there won't be a massive party at RFK on Dec. 29? After Gary Clark's already peeved that I wrote that there won't be a massive party at RFK on August. 29?

    ok, YOU go meet with him next time!

  • Q

    Nah, no least NOT using the evidence that you provided in an earlier article. Plus, that whole linebacker threat pretty much keeps you in contention for a beat down. No need to add me to it. LOL!

  • Paul

    Typical behavior when Clark is cornered. I have seen it before. He screams, rants, uses the "you didn't play the game" or the "you must be jealous" card. Sorry Gary, there is nothing to be jealous about. Being a con artist who can't qualify for a credit card is nothing to aspire.

    What genius would have an outdoor party December 29th in Washington DC? I am sure there will be a big demand to buy tickets to this debacle four days after Christmas and two days before New Year's Eve.

    I love the threat from his "linebackers". Gary, you are the MORON who announced a dead guy was showing up, not Mr. McKenna.

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