The last Redskins blackout
The last time I remember Washington fans suffering such an ignominious fate on the season's last Sunday was 34 years ago. If it has happened since, it didn't leave a lasting memory like the game between the Eagles and the Redskins on Dec. 21, 1975. Although the game then had no bearing on the playoffs, it was Charley Taylor's chance to set a new record for pass receptions; he needed two to establish a new NFL standard.
When we couldn't get the game on my TV Ernie Brooks and I went over to the station's offices on Broad St. to see what the deal was; the station's phone line was busy. The late John Shand (I believe he was the general manager then) came to the door and told us the network had pulled the game and there was nothing he could do. We asked if the game was still being carried by the affiliate in Washington. He said it was.
With a snowstorm underway, Ernie and I drove to Fredericksburg. We rented a room at a motel that featured DeeCee television stations. Long story ... short: We saw Taylor break the record in the second half.