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  • Pig Pen 2: Falcons

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    TheHogs.Net tailgate was really up-and-running this week. We fought off the Labor Day traffic and arrived about 10 minutes before the lot was opened. We set up shop and a great location at the corner of Red Lot #4 right at Arena Drive. We put up our brand new 12 X 12 canopy and proudly hung our new theHogs.Net banner for all arriving cars to see. We then set up our new Thermos Fire & Ice grill (which was “the bomb”) and the food started flowin’. The weather was also great (unlike the Carolina game) so we were all able to spread out and enjoy each others’ company that much more.

    I was truly honored to finally meet some of my fellow theHogs.Net brothers and sisters, who were in attendance: Wingman (and brother); Hailskins666 (and Amy); Skinschic; and Jake. DEHog wasn’t there but he will be there for all future games.

    Before I go on, I want to tell you a little secret, but you have to promise not to tell anyone else: Hailskins666 is not as mean as one might think. He’s actually a very cool guy. (Don’t tell anyone I told you that, okay?)

    Moving on….while we were there, I even received a telephone call from NC43Hog to wish us well! Hopefully, in the future, many more of you can come out and join us!

    We also had the opportunity to meet a lot of new friends and spread the word about TheHogs.Net. Here is what some of them had to say:

    Tim Newman from Felton, PA writes, “Go Skins! Enjoyed the tailgate!”
    Toot Newman from Fayetteville, NC writes, “Thanks for the great company & the scrapple sandwich.”
    Ralph and Ann Johnson from Mathews, VA stopped by and said, “Great fun!”
    Our neighbors, Kevin, Tami & Aliyah from Winchester, VA wrote, “Great hospitality. Thanks!”
    Mark Valdez from Front Royal, VA stopped by and said, “Great scrapple!”
    Shelly Sakisat from Winchester, VA, obviously focusing on issues not necessarily Redskins or tailgate related, writes “Four More Years!”
    Brews Brooks from Bethesda, MD stopped by and showed his enthusiasm when he wrote “Gibbs! Gibbs! Gibbs!”
    Finally, Rich Haig from Newburg, MD stopped by and said, “Great parking crew!”

    Yes, TheHogs.Net tailgate is about meeting new friends and spreading the word about our great website. All of us had a great time as we talked with each other, ate, drank, and laughed.

    I encourage all of you that are planning on attending a Redskins game this year to stop by and see us. The more the merrier!! Bring drink, bring food… heck, we’ll even grill it for you. If you can’t bring any food with you, we will gladly accept donations in our little donation jar to help us ease our costs of throwing the tailgate at each future home game.

    Beginning next week, you also might be lucky enough to meet (and get your picture taken with) a Hogette! Look for us at the corner of Red Lot #4. If you need help finding us, feel free to private message us on the boards or drop us an e-mail.

    Until next time, save one of those beers for me!

    — Justice Hog

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Fran Farren

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    Pig Pen 1: Carolina Panthers

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    It was to be Joe Gibbs’ first game back, pacing the sidelines at FedEx field as the Redskins played their 2nd preseason game, Gibbs’ first game at home in his 2nd tenure as the Redskins head coach. No one can doubt the importance of this game (or lack thereof). It was, after all, a preseason game. The weather? Well, let’s just say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the Redskins took the field on Saturday night, August 14th against the NFC Champion and Super Bowl runner-up, Carolina Panthers.

    Did that deter from throwing their first tailgate of the 2004-05 season? Absolutely not! DEHog (and DEHog Jr.) and Justice Hog (and Christine) braved the elements and set up shop at the Blue Lot #8, both arriving at the same time about 20 minutes before the lot even opened up. A canopy (albeit a defective one that will surely be replaced by the next game) kept us fairly dry as we cooked cheeseburgers, sausages, and brats nicely washed down by soda, water and, of course, lots of beer. From one direction, we pulled in a group of young fans that brought just a canopy and beer. From another direction, seeing that they were having no luck firing up a hibachi in the rain, we pulled in another group….offering food cooked on our “dry” grills. We talked about Redskins football. We ate. We talked about Joe Gibbs. We drank. We talked about

    These were true fans. Fans that came out to a fairly meaningless game in the pouring rain. Fans that can now go home to their families and say, “I was there to see Joe Gibbs’ first game back.” As one of those fans and as a new season ticket holder this year, I arrived to my seats in the stadium and sat in them for the first time. After wiping the blood from my nose…obviously the result of being so high, I noticed that the stadium welcomed only about ¼ of the fans. Although the remaining ¾ didn’t show up for this game, I had no doubt in my mind that this stadium will be packed to capacity when the Skins take on the Bucs on September 12th.

    No. This game wasn’t about the rain. It wasn’t about inaugural tailgate. This game was about “the man” returning home to his family and finally taking his team out on the home soil to play a boy’s game. The 2004-05 Redskins are back in town. Joe Gibbs is back in town….and we will be there every step of the way to cheer him, and the team, on!

    If you are planning on attending one (or more) of the games this year, please join official tailgate club and meet your brothers and sisters of the site, along with other fans that happen to stop by. Come by for food, drink…and excellent conversation.

    Although we were in the Blue lot for the Carolina game, we will be tailgating in the RED LOT #4 for the remaining home games of the 2004-05 season. We will try to set up shop at the corner of the lot just off of Arena drive. Look for banner!

    Until next time, save one of those beers for me.

    Tailgating Pictures

    Editor’s note: The Pig Pen is a new feature at We will be tailgating before every game at Fed Ex field this season, and this column will highlight some of the people that we meet. So come down for some slop and hang out in the Pig Pen.

    – Justice Hog

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Fran Farren

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