Since what happened on the field last Monday night when the Washington Redskins took on the Pittsburgh Steelers was eminently forgettable, the lasting memory of that game will be the sight of the hoards of towel-waving, black-jersey-clad Steeler fans who were all over the stands that night. The estimates vary, but the lowball guesses have it at 10% to 15% of the crowd, or 9,000 to about 13,500.
Get ready for it to happen again when the Dallas Cowboys come to town on Sunday night.
A check of the listings on StubHub, the official fan to fan ticket reseller of the Washington Redskins, reveals that as of Monday morning there are 1,194 listings for tickets for sale for the Redskins-Cowboys game. Most of the listings are for two tickets but a substantial number are for three or four, so I'll make a lowball estimate of 2.5 tickets available per listing. That adds up to just shy of 3,000 seats that are available to Cowboys fans.
Clicking over to eBay, a search for the event reveals 735 ticket listings. Like the StubHub listings, most of them are offering two tickets but some are for more. But some of them are for parking passes only, so we'll go with an estimated average to two seats per listing. That adds another 1,500 seats available to Dallas fans.
Another popular ticket exchange is on Craigslist. A search for Cowboys under tickets in Washington DC reveals 502 listings. Some are for parking passes, a few are looking for tickets so we'll estimate two available seats per listing. That's another 1,000 tickets that Cowboy backers could snatch up.
So just on those three outlets six days before the game, there are approximately 5,500 seats available for Dallas fans to buy. There are dozens of other ticket resellers. If Dallas fan attendance at past games at FedEx is any indication, thousands of Cowboys backers already have secured tickets to this one.
It's not unreasonable to think that there will be 10,000 silver and blue clad fans in the seats on Sunday night in what is shaping up to be the biggest game of the year for the Redskins.
I hope that the Redskins are preparing to use the silent count again this week.