Which is exactly why the 'Skins may have been pumping in artificial crowd noise during yesterday's Wildcard playoff game.
While the Redskins absolutely have one of the worst playing surfaces in the league (not to mention the one of the most unreasonably tan coaches in league history), the team's fans aren't known for creating the type of home-field advantage that Seattle enjoys. But even as the Seahawks were positioned inside the 10-yard line after the botched snap and RGIII knee-buckle that most NFL fans (outside of Seattle) will remember the game for - poised to take total control of the contest - the crowd, at least from my couch in Tacoma, seemed unreasonably loud and rambunctious given what was transpiring.
Was it all a fake? Perhaps so.
As Deadspin reports this morning, DC sports blogger Dan Steinberg has "retweeted a number of tweets from Redskins fans who claimed to have heard fake crowd noise coming from the FedEx Field PA system."
In total, Deadspin chronicles nine of Steinberg's retweets, capturing sentiments like this one, from @AKM_ES:
"Noise was def pumped into the stadium. Could only really tell when we were down 7 in 4th and stubmling [sic]."
And this from @PurplePigskin:
"I know for a fact they played fake crowd noise during second half. I was sitting under speakers so I definitely noticed!"
For those playing at home, not only do the Redskins look stupid for leaving RGIII in the game and blowing an early 14-point lead, they now look even dumber for apparently resorting to fake crowd noise - which apparently had no impact on the game whatsoever other than to irritate fans and make guys like me watching the game at home wonder why fans were being so loud in the face of humiliation.