Friday, March 09, 2007

The 1986 Redskins Have a Message For You

A lot of people have huge nostalgia for the 80's, for some reason. Oh sure, there were many good things that happened in the 80's - Nintendo, Phoebe Cates, Porky's, MTV, Who's the Boss, ALF, parachute pants, I mean the list really is endless. Of course, not everything reached that epic level of awesome.

The 1986 Redskins made a video thanking all their fans (thanks to the outstanding Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog for finding this beauty). As one of those fans back in 1986 (and now), I appreciate the sentiment. But not the video. This video was produced in the 80's and is decidedly not awesome. Well, not for its intended reasons. It combines all the Casio-keyboard-inspired rhythm of a Midnight Star video with all the awkwardness of an 8th grade dance. Here are a few highlights to look and listen for:

  • The fans' complete lack of rhythm throughout the song (but especially at the start)
  • Jay Schroeder looking very, very confused
  • Russ Grimm and his caterpillar mustache attempting to "rap"
  • Professional football players line dancing
  • Players punctuating the word "loyalty" by thrusting their groins
  • So much creepy, unsettling line dancing
  • Ray-Bans, Ray-Bans, Ray-Bans
  • Darrell Green's angry rapping
  • Doug Williams' very bad rapping
  • A police car carrying an enormous Redskins wind sock
  • The pièce de résistance: a slow-motion Fun Bunch high five!

Watch it:

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