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MTK 08-02-2008 11:09 AM

Matty in Canton (updated)
 
[B]Friday August 1st:[/B]

Our flight left a little late, we were supposed to take off at 10:30am but we didn't actually get off the ground until 11am. Not a big deal, I'm on vacation so I'm not stressing it. Quick flight, just over an hour in the air. No other Skins fans on the plane, I was sporting my Chris Cooley jersey and got several questions in the airport if I was from D.C., and a few comments from people who actually knew what was going on this weekend about the Hall of Fame.

We landed in Ohio just after 12pm. After a long walk through the terminal and some initial confusion where our shuttle was, we were on our way to the hotel. My initial impression of Cleveland... a lot of adult shops and strip clubs near the airport. A little seedy looking to say the least. At this point I'm just hoping our hotel is in a better section. The driver of the shuttle is very nice and welcomed us to Cleveland, said he's been driving a lot of Skins fans to the hotel today. He laughed that they can tolerate Skins fans, but not Steelers' fans.

After about a 15 minute drive we arrive at the Holiday Inn in South Independence Ohio. Looks pretty nice from the outside, I see a few people sporting Skins jerseys and hats already. We check in and drop off our bags and immediately call a cab to go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A very friendly cab driver gives us a nice briefing on the city of Cleveland on our 20 minute ride to the Hall. We drive by Jacobs Field, err I mean Progressive Park. Damn corporate sponsors. Really nice park from the outside, and it's located smack dab in downtown Cleveland. Very cool. Now it's about 1:30 and we're in downtown Cleveland and it looks dead. I've never seen a major city on a weekday look so empty. The driver tells us that's how it always is. It's just not your typical bustling city like New York. It's actually pretty nice too. Looks like they're doing a lot of work to improve it and build it up. I thought Cleveland would be dumpy but it's really not. [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/August12008/photo#5229944668100020034"]I'm pleasantly surprised.[/URL]

Now we're at the [URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJR-0ELjwPI/AAAAAAAAAlw/QR2T3aOC9AY/DSC00514.JPG?imgmax=576"]Rock & Roll Hall of Fame[/URL]. Great location right on Lake Erie, and the [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/August12008/photo#5229944915789662178"]Brown's stadium[/URL] is right next door. Two stadiums in downtown Cleveland. It looks pretty nice and it's pretty damn big too. On to the 'Rock Hall' as they call it for short around here.

They had [URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJR-1eTlhnI/AAAAAAAAAmA/DH6QgdwHzPk/DSC00516.JPG?imgmax=576"]Johnny Cash's tour bus[/URL] sitting out front. Apparently you could take a tour of it but you have to go inside to buy tickets. We go inside and buy our tickets and start our [URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJR-8LeQgII/AAAAAAAAAnA/RSnEM34MkA0/DSC00524.JPG?imgmax=576"]tour of the Hall[/URL]. A ton of cool Rock memorabilia, and plenty of Skins fans inside. A girl that worked there asked us what's up with all the Redskins fans. Another guy asks me the same question, I'm surprised that some people aren't aware of what's going on in Canton just an hour away from them. Oh well, not everyone is a big football fan I guess. :)

It's about 3pm and I'm literally feeling faint with hunger. We stop in the Rock Hall cafe and grab a quick snack and something to drink. Now I'm feeling much better and ready to move on. Now don't get me wrong the Rock Hall is very cool, but I was slightly disappointed. It just didn't meet my expectations. Coolest thing I saw? Lyric sheet written by Layne Staley of Alice in Chains for the song "Hate to Feel". The Seattle scene exhibit was my favorite.

It's now about 4pm and we go outside to catch a cab back to the hotel. It's pretty warm out and the wife and I are getting grouchy, lol. It takes a while for a cab to show but we're finally on our way back. We get back to the hotel and freshen up and head out for dinner. We have reservations at [URL="http://www.donshula.com/locations.php?l=2&restid=18"]Shula's 2[/URL]. Cool Don Shula and sports memorabilia on the walls. A nice menu too, I order up the Chimichurri Steak and the wife gets the Pretzel sandwich which is basically a cuban sandwich on a soft pretzel-like roll, it was very delicious. My steak is like butter, I'm impressed. [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/August120082/photo#5229945073046595810"]We down a few Guinness's[/URL] and wrap it up with the lava cake for desert. I'm stuffed like a pig but it feels good at the same time since I went most of the day without eating very much. We walk back to the hotel and now the place is crawling with Skins fans. Some people yell out 'MONK'! in the parking lot. Back to our room to freshen up and we head down to the hotel bar.

The hotel bar is quite the scene. [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/August120082/photo#5229945156267046018"]A lot of older folks tearing it up on the dance floor[/URL]. We wonder if they belong to some sort of dance group for seniors or something. It was like a meet market for seniors, a lot of skin that I wish I didn't see. Good for them though, life doesn't stop when you're older, right? We start talking to some Skins fans at the bar. [URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJR_bU4vUQI/AAAAAAAAArQ/3dsx7vnntXo/DSC00553.JPG?imgmax=576"]We get chummy with a couple of guys from Maryland[/URL] who have been getting their drink on since 1pm they tell us. They are clearly loaded but it's all good. I'm having trouble getting my beers down. The huge dinner is dragging me down big time. I'm regretting those last few bites of the lava cake now. I tell my wife we might have to retire early but I'm going to keep pushing through. I manage to choke down 4 Miller Lites and after a few hours the place is starting to get packed. We run into a few more friendly Skins fans, everyone is surprised that we're Skins fans from NY, lol. At about 11pm we go back to the room and pass out.

[B]Saturday August 2nd:[/B]

As part of our package deal we get the breakfast buffet included. We head downstairs around 9:30am to chow down and drink plenty of coffee. Most of the restaurant is full of Skins fans, it's a cool sight to see. Right now I'm back in our room getting ready to head to Canton today. Our shuttle leaves at 12:30 and we'll have the afternoon to tour the Hall, the inductions start at 6pm. My major dilemna right now is what jersey to wear. I think I'm going with Riggins today. Time to hit the shower to get ready.

First stop today... the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the hotel lobby waiting for our bus there's [URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVXzC2MnI/AAAAAAAAAsM/zF_8ZF0amks/DSC00555.JPG?imgmax=576"]nothing but Skins fans[/URL]. After the hour ride from Cleveland to Canton we pull up to the Hall and I'm just in awe to be at the [URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVdSnGOtI/AAAAAAAAAs8/oxBLgfnMfUA/DSC00561.JPG?imgmax=576"]mecca of Pro Football[/URL]. I've always known I would visit here eventually and the fact that the day has finally arrived is truly special. Tons of Skins fans everywhere. Redskins fans really came out in full force, it was a magical weekend.

The Hall of Fame was packed needless to say. As we approach the room that holds all of the busts, we see Steve Mariucci duck out a side door to the NFL Network truck, not enough time to snap a picture though. A fan yells out 'Hey Mooch', he turns around and smiles and acknowledges the fan. We enter the bust room and it's very packed and hot with all of the body heat. I quickly find [URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVjHVUA4I/AAAAAAAAAt0/B4C-odGE3HI/DSC00568.JPG?imgmax=576"]Joe Gibbs[/URL] and take a picture and we decide to check back later when the crowd dies down.

Our first pass through the Hall is a quick one. I'm taking as many pictures as possible and not really stopping to check everything out in detail. Here are some highlights:

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVlpO3A-I/AAAAAAAAAuQ/S9GvTOsXW8U/DSC00571.JPG?imgmax=576"]Thomas & Sanders[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVnTj8bAI/AAAAAAAABEg/2Zvn1VjpNd0/DSC00573.JPG?imgmax=512"]John Elway[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVpGyvK-I/AAAAAAAABF4/XON2jbtsaWs/DSC00575.JPG?imgmax=512"]Tomlinson[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcVt57qTxI/AAAAAAAAAvw/Kuk9frAw270/DSC00580.JPG?imgmax=576"]Pat Tillman Tribute[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWLXzq2aI/AAAAAAAAAzA/6dtmyMumLpc/DSC00605.JPG?imgmax=576"]Dan Marino[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230673912138844770"]Jurgensen & Taylor[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674095117816402"]Hey it's Raymond Berry![/URL]

Now it's time to eat. We head into the [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674034487763058"]Fan Appreciation Tailgate[/URL] where there's ribs, chicken, brisket, beans, coleslaw, plenty of beer and soda, and cookies and brownies for desert. We stuff ourselves and head into the stadium for the induction ceremony.

If you've never been to Fawcett Stadium let me tell you it's small. It holds about 22,000 from what I hear. But it's very well maintained and there's not a bad seat in the house. Here's a look from [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674188860447058"]where we sat[/URL].

I was really surprised to see plenty of players mixed in with the crowd. We practically rubbed elbows with [URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWoAxli1I/AAAAAAAAA28/GBTx3P7KLFk/DSC00635.JPG?imgmax=576"]John Elway[/URL]. Funny story about Elway. [URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWmz24IkI/AAAAAAAAA20/OTxBg70asc8/DSC00634.JPG?imgmax=512"]His wife kept getting her shoe caught in the floor that was layed down over the field[/URL]. And here he is looking all Hollywood as he came on to the field. [URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWjmETD2I/AAAAAAAAA2c/7WXoaugRzKA/DSC00631.JPG?imgmax=512"]Wonder who he's talking to[/URL].

And sitting just a few rows ahead of us was [URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWp5I2TdI/AAAAAAAAA3M/Kf6m9nh7JZ8/DSC00637.JPG?imgmax=576"]Mark Moseley[/URL]. He was great and was signing a ton of autographs and taking pics with people. I also spotted Joe Theismann, Charles Mann, Ken Harvey, and Doc Walker. And of course [URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWzrDCBvI/AAAAAAAAA4w/CbGV9RG4Vx4/DSC00649.JPG?imgmax=576"]Chief Zee[/URL] was in the house! I also spotted Adam Schefter, Kelli Johnson and NFL.com senior editor Vic Carruci. I saw Vic in the airport too heading home.

The ceremony itself was incredible. It was at least 95% Redskins fans, the stands were [URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcWqXTuepI/AAAAAAAAA3U/wnbi-OD3Qn4/DSC00638.JPG?imgmax=576"]full with the burgundy and gold[/URL]. Joe Gibbs received a huge ovation from the crowd, and any mention of a Cowboy brought a shower of boos, it was a lot of fun, the crowd was truly energized. Here are some pics:

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674598512088482"]Chris Berman kicking it off[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674625933765010"]Darrell Green coming up next![/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674669332705922"]Art Monk[/URL]

The crowd went nuts for [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674680836692082"]Monk[/URL], a 4 minute standing ovation, it was incredible!

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674717206911058"]Standing 'O' for Monk[/URL]

The ceremony just flew by, I didn't want it to end. As we head out of the stadium I got a pic of the NFLN crew, [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674757169878546"]here's Mooch and Fran Charles[/URL]. And here's the ESPN crew from earlier in the day, [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674575922716066"]Trey Wingo and Tom Jackson[/URL]. And here's a shot from the field as we were [URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674780018245074"]walking out[/URL].

After the hour long bus ride back to the hotel we were beat. Got back around midnight and went to bed right away to get up and do it all over again on Sunday.

[B]Sunday August 3rd:[/B]

Up early this morning, we're dragging a bit. Off to the Hall of Fame round table and luncheon. As we're eating all of the new inductees come through our room one by one, not a good photo op as the room is too dark. After a quick lunch we head over to the Canton Civic Center for the Gameday round table. It was a nice intimate setting where the enshrinees were given the chance to reminisce a bit about their careers and their path to the HOF. Fran Charles of the NFL Network hosted and did a nice job. Another bad photo op due to how dark the civic center was. My only complaint was the round table itself was a bit short, probably no more than 45 minutes of actual discussion with the enshrinees. The rest of the time was spent on the folks who organized the event introducing each other and patting themselves on the back. A necessary evil I guess.

After the round table we're back on the bus and heading back to the Hall. Today it's not quite as packed and we take a more thorough tour. At 5:00 it's time to grab dinner and today the menu consists of sausage w/peppers & onions, burgers, hot dogs, chips, beer & soda, and cookies and brownies again. I've gotta say the organizers of these Hall tailgate events did a great job at having everything well organized and plenty of food and drink on hand. It was a very smooth operation. Two thumbs up!

At 6:00 the gates open to the stadium and we head in to watch the pre-game warmups. Before the game on the screens they showed season highlights from the Colts and Skins. During the Redskins highlights when they touched on the Sean Taylor tragedy the majority of the players and coaches stopped and all watched along with us. It was a touching moment as I'm sure they still have Taylor close to their hearts and very much in their thoughts. I didn't take any pictures of that moment, it just didn't feel right. After the segment on Taylor was over they went back to work. Here are some pre-game pictures.

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674921260202258"]Walking into the stadium[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674951214913890"]The NBC truck[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674965552988818"]Dan Snyder[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230674981191351474"]Cooley with Danny Smith[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230675123347546018"]Campbell with Cooley just ahead of him[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXV0fxHhI/AAAAAAAAA-U/At7YpGqHU8g/DSC00694.JPG?imgmax=576"]Fletcher[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230675171478887362"]Snyder talking with Portis[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXXVcbryI/AAAAAAAAA-k/dyHJ-lQ7dNI/DSC00696.JPG?imgmax=576"]Zorn coming to the field[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXX-pIq2I/AAAAAAAAA-s/uFOU4maOuyI/DSC00697.JPG?imgmax=576"]Zorn talking with Ron Meeks[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXZ9U-zrI/AAAAAAAAA-8/b4ggAumtwHQ/DSC00699.JPG?imgmax=576"]Brooks booting one away[/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXbaDxpyI/AAAAAAAAA_M/fA4BUUegBPM/DSC00701.JPG?imgmax=576"]Snyder laughing with Dungy[/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXdH7yWDI/AAAAAAAAA_c/N8hs0177z9g/DSC00703.JPG?imgmax=576"]Rock [/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXhTa5jOI/AAAAAAAABAI/23C4FUFEAlU/DSC00709.JPG?imgmax=576"]Pre-game ceremonies[/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXh8fTzpI/AAAAAAAABAQ/SnV7etB5IRA/DSC00710.JPG?imgmax=576"]Choppers buzz the stadium after the National Anthem[/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXjrc8qxI/AAAAAAAABAo/C2jsGu7XlEk/DSC00713.JPG?imgmax=576"]Redskins ready to come out of the tunnel[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXlzDkkyI/AAAAAAAABBA/FFHbxX6N8AU/DSC00716.JPG?imgmax=576"]The Redskins are introduced[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXnsRJkvI/AAAAAAAABBQ/m79HBWitiyE/DSC00718.JPG?imgmax=576"]Campbell warms up[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXod1qjlI/AAAAAAAABBY/tU55_jQEoZk/DSC00719.JPG?imgmax=576"]Todd Collins warms up[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXtHat4PI/AAAAAAAABCU/aSWUT6v4NSw/DSC00726.JPG?imgmax=576"]Scoreboard[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXvR36ttI/AAAAAAAABCs/7sVU0k9ac_o/DSC00729.JPG?imgmax=576"]Kickoff![/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcXwS4FQ6I/AAAAAAAABC0/DwoES1HqMzg/DSC00730.JPG?imgmax=576"]Skins first huddle[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230675639173786450"]1st play of the Zorn era[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcX1wsNapI/AAAAAAAABDc/tVncZ9N41Bg/DSC00735.JPG?imgmax=576"]Zorn talking with JC after the TD pass[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcX2i3iGbI/AAAAAAAABDk/_kThcm-jZoM/DSC00736.JPG?imgmax=576"]Skins up 7-0![/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcX5AqFWsI/AAAAAAAABEA/rXW2UxfIyvQ/DSC00739.JPG?imgmax=576"]The Red Snapper[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcX7cDnJBI/AAAAAAAABEY/Utws9KRlaMg/DSC00742.JPG?imgmax=576"]Skins on D[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYBnCawGI/AAAAAAAABFU/EaQE6AiZC9c/DSC00749.JPG?imgmax=576"]Skins 2nd possession[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230675940156977378"]Zorn talking with Collins before he went in, Jason Taylor looks on to the right with Smoot and Springs[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYEpnW2hI/AAAAAAAABFw/nCnDH_N-p-U/DSC00752.JPG?imgmax=576"]Fat smelly dude who sat in front of us[/URL]. I hate to be mean but man this guy had serious issues with hygiene. Thank god there was a nice breeze. As soon as some people in our row left we moved over. This guy had a pack of hot dogs on his neck and he was sweating the whole night even though it wasn't very warm. He stunk like a dumpster. I think most of us sitting in our section were holding our breaths the entire game.

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYFfY_cjI/AAAAAAAABF8/lqcZc2asjJ0/DSC00753.JPG?imgmax=576"]Second string offensive line waiting to go in[/URL]. Chad Reinhart is a hoss!

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYHxLQwhI/AAAAAAAABGU/bobhQEpyu_0/DSC00756.JPG?imgmax=576"]Taylor, Portis, and Fletcher[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYJBFIuII/AAAAAAAABGc/Ch0miDJG-VA/DSC00757.JPG?imgmax=576"]The bench[/URL]

[URL="http://lh6.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYNhbopUI/AAAAAAAABHM/GOomAF0iVNs/DSC00763.JPG?imgmax=576"]Todd Collins at work[/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYQLdolBI/AAAAAAAABHo/MiL1-H3ULdo/DSC00766.JPG?imgmax=576"]Sellers and Samuels joking around[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYZLQVHCI/AAAAAAAABIg/cERkYy70DPw/DSC00773.JPG?imgmax=576"]Colt Brennan in the game[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYaf4eRBI/AAAAAAAABIo/__GVe8eNB2Q/DSC00774.JPG?imgmax=576"]Celebrating Colt's first TD pass[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYbJnNg-I/AAAAAAAABIw/7bf7TRZkk68/DSC00775.JPG?imgmax=576"]Tie game![/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYgTlEptI/AAAAAAAABJk/BIq2_cyFxtU/DSC00781.JPG?imgmax=576"]Rabach standing on the bench to get a better view[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYiB6_qtI/AAAAAAAABJ0/S4CzJnfwjuE/DSC00783.JPG?imgmax=576"]Skins now up by 7[/URL]

[URL="http://lh5.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYkn7jfWI/AAAAAAAABKM/FKXX11Iiq8U/DSC00786.JPG?imgmax=576"]Cooley![/URL]

[URL="http://lh4.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYlmQeyMI/AAAAAAAABKU/mFLrAAmyv_c/DSC00787.JPG?imgmax=576"]View from our walk out, just before the Richardson INT for a TD[/URL]

[URL="http://picasaweb.google.com/redskinswarpath/HallOfFameWeekend/photo#5230676558303665202"]Me in front of the HOF sign[/URL]

[URL="http://lh3.ggpht.com/redskinswarpath/SJcYpPuP66I/AAAAAAAABLA/-Xhab7yP_nY/DSC00792.JPG?imgmax=576"]One last shot of the Hall on our way to the bus[/URL]

All in all an incredible weekend! It went by so fast, I can't believe it's over. I haven't even been able to digest it all yet. I think as the week goes on I'll continue to edit this post to add more details so stay tuned.

Oh well, time to pack up the laptop and head down to the hotel lobby to catch our shuttle to the airport. Thanks to all the Redskins fans who showed up in full force and represented big time! Our tour guide said he's never seen such a loyal fan base and he's done sports trips with Yankees, Red Sox, and Patriots fans and he said they don't touch us.

HTTR!







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DarkKnight 08-02-2008 11:55 AM

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The Talk through is fine Matty, but really, take pictures and post them.........visuals work better for me?......but by all means continue...

Lady Brave 08-02-2008 12:23 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
Tell Art and Darrell I said hello. :)

JWsleep 08-02-2008 01:10 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
Represent! Wish I could be there with ya Matty.

Keep up the posting when you can.

12thMan 08-02-2008 01:38 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
Good job, Matty. Have a brew for me!

WaldSkins 08-02-2008 04:53 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
Im watching the pre ceremony specials on the NFL network. There are a ton of Redskins fans there, mostly wearing Taylor and DG jerseys.

mooby 08-02-2008 04:59 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
Great blog Matty, I enjoyed it. I wish I was there too, it sounds like an incredible experience. I'm watching the pre-induction ceremony thingy on NFLN and you can tell the place is practically flooded with Skins fans.

WaldSkins 08-02-2008 05:36 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
There are tons around the NFLN set yelling at Irvin and chanting Dallas sucks

over the mountain 08-02-2008 07:42 PM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
man you're a lucky fan today! watching the ceremony right now and it truly is a redskins HOF class. marriucci commenting that 95% of the fans are skins, the OOOO's in the anthem, michael irvin getting booed, the mention of danny white getting sacked receives loud cheers, damn i could go on.

keep up the good work representing the skins faithful

MTK 08-03-2008 08:40 AM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
I'm not going to have time to post anything today so I'll have to wrap everything up tomorrow but let me just say that yesterday was incredible. Redskins fans have taken over Canton!

When the crowd broke out in a chant of "It's about time" for Monk I had goosebumps!

MTK 08-03-2008 09:35 AM

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[quote=DarkKnight;460766]The Talk through is fine Matty, but really, take pictures and post them.........visuals work better for me?......but by all means continue...[/quote]

there's pics in my write up, just click on the links

Skinny Tee 08-03-2008 11:58 AM

Re: Matty in Canton
 
[quote=Mattyk72;460860]there's pics in my write up, just click on the links[/quote]

Thanks for the pics. I kinda wish I had gone because it would have been a perfect time to see Canton for the first time.

Must have been a great Redskin day.

saden1 08-03-2008 01:58 PM

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Seeing all the Burgundy and Gold in the stands makes me proud to be a Redskins fan.

Hail!

12thMan 08-03-2008 02:14 PM

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The power went out here in D.C. right before Art went on stage! So I got to see if for the for the first time today on NFL Network. What a standing ovation they gave Monk. Unbelievable. I've never seen anything like that towards an NFL player.

And to think Chris Carter was crying because he wasn't a first ballot. After seeing how Monk was recieved, I'm sure Carter now realizes what he was up against.

onlydarksets 08-04-2008 11:11 PM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
I saw Monk and Green at the parade on Saturday morning. I gave a big "About time, Art!" shout-out. The game was awesome - we had 3rd row 30 yard line seats. Of course, I forgot my camera, but I snapped a couple of pix on the phone.

Did anyone else go to the roundtable? We had to leave early, because my kids were acting up (I dragged them to about 10 hours of HOF activities, so I can't blame them too much). Sounds like we didn't miss much.

JWsleep 08-04-2008 11:45 PM

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Great stuff Matty. Thanks for sharing. What a great skins weekend--one for the ages.

Hog1 08-05-2008 08:18 AM

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Matty, your documentary is.............RIDICULOUS. I have never seen such detail to chronicle your adventure. It must have taken a LOT of time.
MANY THANX, very enjoyable

hesscl34 08-05-2008 08:56 AM

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Thanks for posting. GREAT pics. I wish I was there.

MTK 08-05-2008 09:01 AM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
[quote=onlydarksets;461659]I saw Monk and Green at the parade on Saturday morning. I gave a big "About time, Art!" shout-out. The game was awesome - we had 3rd row 30 yard line seats. Of course, I forgot my camera, but I snapped a couple of pix on the phone.

Did anyone else go to the roundtable? We had to leave early, because my kids were acting up (I dragged them to about 10 hours of HOF activities, so I can't blame them too much). Sounds like we didn't miss much.[/quote]

The round table was cool but a little disappointing. It wasn't very long at all. I wish they had dedicated more time to it.

ArtMonkDrillz 08-05-2008 09:17 AM

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hey Matty, it looks like you and I were sitting really close together for the game. We were in section 11, row X, seats 3-5.

I'm going to try to get my pictures online after work tonight. In the meantime, it looks like my office went to hell in a handbasket without me, so I probably won't be posting much for the next few days.

Hail

MTK 08-05-2008 09:18 AM

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[quote=ArtMonkDrillz;461714]hey Matty, it looks like you and I were sitting really close together for the game. We were in section 11, row X, seats 3-5.

I'm going to try to get my pictures online after work tonight. In the meantime, it looks like my office went to hell in a handbasket without me, so I probably won't be posting much for the next few days.

Hail[/quote]

damn wish I would have known, I was in row T

onlydarksets 08-05-2008 09:37 AM

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[quote=Mattyk72;461705]The round table was cool but a little disappointing. It wasn't very long at all. I wish they had dedicated more time to it.[/quote]
Well, at least we won the football at the table, I guess.

MTK 08-05-2008 09:39 AM

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[quote=onlydarksets;461720]Well, at least we won the football at the table, I guess.[/quote]

Nice, I would have won it if I had started our count, I let the guy across from me start and they won it. I was going to buy one but once I saw it was $40 I changed my mind.

dmek25 08-05-2008 10:46 AM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
Matty, thinks for the blog. good stuff

GhettoDogAllStars 08-05-2008 01:29 PM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
Good photos -- thanks for sharing

The Pat Tillman display is cool -- I especially like the small statue of him, with his hair flying.

Also, John Elway looked about as Chachi as can be. I'm surprised his collar wasn't popped. LOL

MTK 08-05-2008 02:13 PM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
[quote=GhettoDogAllStars;461787]Good photos -- thanks for sharing

The Pat Tillman display is cool -- I especially like the small statue of him, with his hair flying.

Also, John Elway looked about as Chachi as can be. I'm surprised his collar wasn't popped. LOL[/quote]

LOL Elway was definitely DTI, the front of his shirt was wide open too. He was looking like a playboy.

SkinDogg 08-05-2008 04:16 PM

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I left my voice in Canton in Section 12, and I'm not buying ESPN's report that Art's ovation (the second one, BTW) clocked in at 4 minutes-4 seconds. I'd say we topped 5.0.... But that's just me. How else could you fit in chants of, "ART! ART! ART! ….IT'S ABOUT TIME…IT'S ABOUT TIME….?" Hopefully Art knew we cheered to make up for the years he sat on the HOF bench, and certainly the years he gave us as #81. Had there been a beer stand, I believe we'd still be there cheering Art!

My gripes: The Hall of Fame folks must not have performed the due diligence that would've told them that 15k fans (without fan packages) were coming from Redskin Country. Unprepared and unorganized, they ran out of bad food, couldn’t keep up with ticket sales into the museum (looooooong lines in the sun even when you prepaid), no clear parking/shuttle signage, and most disappointing the lack of Art Monk/Green HOF memorabilia in the gift shop. Now this is a total whine, but only a quarter of the store was devoted to HOF Skins stuff. Shift the Seahawks aisle to another room for the day for crying out loud...by Saturday morning all I could scoop was a mug. Darrell Green stuff was MIA everywhere, even his jersey in a showcase of the 2008 Class showcase. Someone said there were contract issues.

Still, the weekend was a truly a life-highlight especially when we stumbled upon Joe Gibbs' bus! A truly awesome farewell to a truly awesome, historic era. A torch-passing.

Hail!

724Skinsfan 08-05-2008 05:35 PM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
[quote=SkinDogg;461858]I left my voice in Canton in Section 12, and I'm not buying ESPN's report that Art's ovation (the second one, BTW) clocked in at 4 minutes-4 seconds. [/quote]

Hey SkinDogg, what row were you in? We were in Z row seats 3-8. I was the pitiful hungover guy that looked ready to vomit every 15 seconds. You should have tried to go to the HOF on Friday. A little crowded but nowhere close to Saturdays crowd.

Warpath 08-05-2008 05:41 PM

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Thought Id add a few, I got tons of pics!
[URL="http://rpgva.com/index.php?ACT=26&fid=7&aid=127_iUNMe3p5Ys1w8KLXNmld"]Monk with bust[/URL]
[URL="http://rpgva.com/index.php?ACT=26&fid=7&aid=128_VIXsgRoLlJGGY3AGfmOz"]Monk's bust in Hof[/URL]
[URL="http://rpgva.com/index.php?ACT=26&fid=7&aid=130_qomEud0pZwpwj5JWbXia"]Darrell with bust[/URL]
[URL="http://rpgva.com/index.php?ACT=26&fid=7&aid=129_B6TjNCWmkSzgapBmxn8a"]Darrell's bust in Hof[/URL]

skinsfan69 08-05-2008 05:59 PM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
[quote=724Skinsfan;461881]Hey SkinDogg, what row were you in? We were in Z row seats 3-8. I was the pitiful hungover guy that looked ready to vomit every 15 seconds. You should have tried to go to the HOF on Friday. A little crowded but nowhere close to Saturdays crowd.[/quote]

Sat. was a complete zoo. I couldn't believe how many people were crammed into that little small area.

SkinDogg 08-06-2008 09:04 AM

Re: Matty in Canton (updated)
 
[QUOTE=724Skinsfan;461881]Hey SkinDogg, what row were you in? We were in Z row seats 3-8. I was the pitiful hungover guy that looked ready to vomit every 15 seconds. You should have tried to go to the HOF on Friday. A little crowded but nowhere close to Saturdays crowd.[/QUOTE]

Didn't get to Canton until Friday pm and headed to the museum strickly to hit the gift store. They wouldn't let us in without paying the $18 entry fee that wouldn't transfer to the next day.

As for my row, can't remember where I say, bu i'd wager halfway down from the entrance. Complete zoo, I'll say. So, so so glad I went.


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