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How strong IS the Redskins fanbase?

I originally typed this as a comment in Parks' post about the local teams success. But, lo and behold, this new format actually allows me to create a Fanpost from my iBad. So here goes...

I don't know how many of you have ever been subjected to the Junkies, but they did a segment a few weeks ago on the Redskins TV ratings. You know, that _infallible_ Nielsen system?

Anyway, what they came up with is that we have pretty much below-average to poor ratings. And, naturally, they correlated that with the Redskins having a weaker fan base than the rest of the division, not to mention the majority of the league. Admittedly, I'm extremely biased on this. I tried to call in and wasn't able to get through in time. But what I wanted to make them realize is that you can't just go off of the IMMEDIATE DMV area when talking about this fanbase. We all know that the fanbase stretches from North Carolina up to parts of Pennsylvania. Now I know you can't really count those states here, since other teams have fanbases that stretch over multiple states. But I DO think you have to count Virginia as a whole, and not JUST NoVa.

Now, like I said, I'm biased. I have a few friends in Richmond, and some in Va Beach. I also have lots of family in both Western AND Southern Maryland that I don't think are taken into account as part of the "DMV." All of them are Skins fans.

So, tell me, what are your thoughts here? Am I right in that the Richmond to Va. Beach area can be considered "Redskins territory"? And do you think all (or any) of these "outlying territories" should be take into account when "rating" our fanbase, not just the "local" DMV?

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