Okay great thread first of all. I will read all the posts later after I have posted mine. I was a Skins fan as a little kid, following the Colts and the Skins until the Colts moved out of Baltimore. I moved to OC as a teen, so there really was three choices at that time between those two and the Eagles. Many of my friends were Eagles fans and the rivalry helped nurture my early fandom. As for highlights or eras you could look no further than my avatar. I swore and made bets that the Skins would win the SB the day we signed Doug Williams.
I was still in OC at that time and was planning on moving to SWFL at the end of summer. I did and got here to find a fanclub of over 200 people meeting at a place called Beef Steak Charlies. I was broke and couldn't really afford much food or drinking and the specials, the people all took care of me on Sundays. I helped out by doing whatever they asked for the Club. I got to know everyone real well, picking up side work for them and making life changing friendships. At the end of that year when the Skins were going to the SB the band from the Sheraton OC was in town playing at a Holiday Inn.
They all came out to watch the game with Me and my girlfriend at the time, I didn't know but they were Bronco's fans. The Club was like who brought these guys, yeah it was me. You know the rest as the game flipped on second quarter record breaker. I won over $500. that day between the pre-season bets and the SB bets with the Band. Honestly I know that I could not have scraped up the $500. right then at that time. The Skins came through big time, lol.
I eventually went on to take the club over after the founder asked me too. Seems there were several years that the account had been emptied out and the club was being used as a personal source of funding. I then used the club to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, Hope Hospice and the Child Protection Team of SWFL. Something that I am truly proud of today and will carry to my grave. The feeling of giving back in the name of the Club was the ultimate pay back for what was given to me. I had two mentors that have both passed since but our time together will never be forgotten.
I remember moving here not knowing anyone and rushing to the library to read three day old, at the minimum, washington posts sports sections just to keep up to date on the team. There was no SC's, NFL network or internet to get info. And I was the go to source for many of the area fans for updates. Those days are the foundation of my ExtremeSkins roots, not the old CBS or AOL boards, but the real fans who after winning the last SB keep coming to the club, keep giving money to charities in the name of the SWFL Redskins Fanclub.
I would also like to thank the founders and the mods of this site for providing such a great atmosphere to discuss the Redskins. Many of the younger fans don't know how great this source is, or maybe they do and forget to say it.