During the DC Defenders Week 2 shutout victory over the New York Guardians, the Audi Field crowd was in full-on party mode.
In the fourth quarter with the Defenders up big, a "beer snake" emerged in the stands; an incredible scene of several empty beer cups stacked on top of each other that traveled greater than seven rows up in the section.
In advance of his team's return to Audi Field this weekend after a tough road stretch, Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton was asked about the "beer snake" on Wednesday. He said he was impressed.
"I had never seen anything like that," Hamilton said. "That was pretty cool that the fans were having fun. We gave them a reason to be happy and celebrate."
Defenders safety Rahim Moore said he also noticed the beer snake, and raved about the crowd at Audi Field.
"[It's] pretty impressive," Moore said. "That's pretty cool. [The fans] are loud, man."
On Tuesday, Hamilton tweeted out a picture of the snake, encouraging fans to attend Sunday's clash against the St. Louis Battlehawks. In his tweet, the head coach gifted the snake a nickname: "12 Pack."
We could really use a ‘12 PACK’! Need you at Audi Field on Sunday! The best fans in the XFL!! Back 2 work. pic.twitter.com/ajZgLs1qBH— Pep Hamilton (@CoachPepHam) March 3, 2020
Hamilton stressed the need for a raucous crowd, saying the players feed off the energy from the stands.
"That's just something we're having fun with," Hamilton said. "We appreciate the fans and the energy our fans bring on game day. I think it makes all the difference with our players. They'll tell you first hand that the energy we get from our fan base, it fuels them not only emotionally but it gets them fired up and excited and giving the fans more reason to celebrate."
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