Friday, December 5, 2008

CAPITAL MINUS ONE FIELD AT BYRD STADIUM

This gem is from Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Blog and we are compelled to bring it to you in its entirety:

It's Lindsay Applebaum, filling in as a guest bogger again. Yes, I'm still here. Your beloved Steinberg will be back soon, I promise. Until then, I will continue to torture you with my lack of cheese references and quirky Jim Zorn stories.

The economy is crumbling faster than the Redskins' playoff hopes these days, and it's taking down all the little guys. First, it was my favorite sushi place near work.

Now, it's good old Chevy Chase Bank, which happens to be the place where I deposit and then immediately withdraw my paycheck every two weeks. It's probably your bank, too. Well, it's Capital One's bank now, because they're buying it for $250 million.

Goodbye, little blue check card. Goodbye, long lines, strange hours and out-of-town cashiers giggling and asking, "Your bank is owned by Chevy Chase, the actor?" (Yes, smarty pants. Chevy Chase, the actor. Because when I think of National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack, by God, I think of secure banking and overdraft protection.)

Also, maybe most importantly, depending on how much corporate sponsorship means to you, goodbye to Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.

Remember when the bank purchased naming rights to the field -- yep, just the field -- at Maryand's Byrd Stadium for $20 million in 2006? Sort of a waste of money, no? Because it's still Byrd Stadium. You call it Byrd Stadium, The Post calls it Byrd Stadium -- it's BYRD STADIUM, except on the highway, where all signs point to Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium.

You know how NOT big of a deal this is, that Maryland's football stadium's field's sponsor just got bought out and as a result the name of the grass might be altered in some way? I can't find anything about it on the Internet. Anywhere.

Regardless, where do we go from here? The lame, and likely answer? Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Or really, as Post writer John Kelly astutely points out, it should really be called "Capital Zero" or "Capital Minus One" Field. My vote goes to "Damn the Man" Field at Byrd Stadium.

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