In an effort to do good in the community, and maybe fill FedEx Field with burgundy bleeding diehard fans, the Washington Redskins are offering a free ticket to the January 2, 2011, Redskins Giants game to everyone who donates blood this Thursday, December 30, 2010.
The Redskins are teaming with the American Red Cross for the blood drive. The Thursday event will take place at the Club Level, FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland, beginning at 10:00 AM. Reservations are required. No walk-ins, please.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org/Redskins for additional locations and for all upcoming Redskins blood drives.
The Red Cross is the official blood donation partner of the Washington Redskins (Um, could there be any others?) Therefore, they should be able to work with you people who bleed burgundy and gold.
For full details, go to Redskins.com.
The announced attendance at the last home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was under 67,000. The stadium has a capacity of 91,704. Fan interest in the Buccaneers waned as the Redskins struggled. The 'Skins were seven point underdogs to the Bucs in a game played in raw weather.
Fan interest should quicken with the unexpected win in Jacksonville last Sunday. That must be true. The NFL flexed the kick-off time to the Giants game to 4:15 PM to tap all that national interest in Washington...and to see if the Giants can save their playoff hopes.
Giants fans never have any trouble obtaining tickets to Redskins games. They show up in great numbers. It's the curse of having a 91,000 seat stadium when the natural demand for tickets by Redskin partisans is, oh, around 75,000 per game.
Rex Grossman at quarterback is a hard sell in January, even against a division rival. Exchanging tickets for blood to fill the stadium beats giving the tickets away.
Now, go give blood and beat the Giants.