Having lived in a variety of locations across the United States, I can tell you from experience there are a few guarantees concerning what people will inevitably mention when they discover you are a Washington Redskins fan.
Joe Theisman’s broken leg, John Riggins carrying helpless defenders across the goal line, and most ineluctably, the Hogs and the Hogettes. The visual of grown men dressed as zaftig and porcine females has insinuated itself into America’s consciousness concerning the DC football franchise as has no other. No doubt national television broadcasts played a major role in terms of their widespread recognition, but there is something almost archetypical about them. Everyone loved them.
Now the Hogettes have publicly declared their retirement after 30 some odd years of fighting for ol’ DC. A formal announcement was made on their web site:
“After 30 seasons, the Hogettes® are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses,” the statement read. “It has been an honor being a part of the greatest 12th Man fans in the NFL. We will forever be Redskins’ fans and cheer for our beloved team. It is a new era and we will continue to support RG3 and his teammates. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!! We will also continue to help (incognito) raise money for Children’s Charities.”
No one knows if or when a new era of notable fans will emerge, but I can assure you, we will cover it here. Hail!