Like a teacher whose class meets right after lunch, Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho is unhappy about attendance. Except that instead of students, he's talking about fans showing up for training camp in Richmond.
Yo maybe it's me...but the number of fans at camp practices look kinda thin. I thought skins fans came deep 🤔. Where y'all at?— Duke (@NachoLyfe) August 4, 2016
Maybe it's just me, but I thought the point of school was to learn. So where are you truants?
Plenty of Redskins fans responded to his tweet with excuses for why they're not there. Most fell into one of three categories: work, distance and weather.
most of us aren't near Richmond. Go back to Ashburn and you get 10k people out there.— Rich (@therichturpin) August 4, 2016
bruh. I was there in that heat Monday &at every game. Could only get like 4 autographs. Need to give more 2 the #diehard fans— Dr_Lipschitz (@HustleMarsalis1) August 4, 2016
A good number said they plan to attend once they're off work this weekend. But just as many said sorry, it's just camp. See you when the season starts.
Practice? We talkin' 'bout practice? We ain't talkin' 'bout the game...
Every NFL team has fans who can't take weekdays off or would rather just tune in for Week 1.
But Washington has the unique challenge of holding training camp several hours away from their stadium and headquarters, even though Richmond is securely Redskins territory. Pair distance with this summer's extreme (at times dangerous) heat and fans may not make the trek.
That said, there's no way to know whether camp attendance is actually low because it's not officially tracked.
Ihenacho may only be claiming slow turnout to draw more fans. Or, it's possible that practices attract as many spectators as last year, but crowds appear thinner because people don't stay outside as long in this weather.
Whatever the case, at least Ihenacho gave this guy an opportunity to opine about his dedication.
Ok buddy, you win. You've sacrificed many hours and one oil pan to prove your worth to the training camp gods. You're the best fan. Happy?