This morning, DC sports blogger Dan Steinberg retweeted a number of tweets from Redskins fans who claimed to have heard fake crowd noise coming from the FedExField PA system at yesterday's NFC Wild Card game.
Multiple Skins fans who were at the game have contacted me, convinced the team was piping in noise yesterday.— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog no doubt.you could tell every time it happened.— David Green (@dgreenDC) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog I was there. 100% true. Roger probably heard it on the sideline too.— R C M(@Rypien1191) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog I was sitting in the club level section 322 row 12. Speaker above my head and I agree. The stadium would go instantly loud.— George Daffan(@GCD04) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog Definitely. Heard it clearly from 423, row 15.— Kevin Stutts (@kevinstutts) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog um, yeah, there was definitely some artificial noise yesterday. Not the whole game, and not the first time.— Burgess N Goldman (@burgngoldman) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog I know for a fact they played fake crowd noise during second half. I was sitting under speakers so I definitely noticed!— Erin loves Football! (@PurplePigskin) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog speaker right over our head in 109 by press box.100% it was coming in, they messed up a few times and stopped a bit late.— Sam Papkin (@spapkin) January 7, 2013
@dcsportsbog Noise was def pumped into the stadium. Could only really tell when we were down 7 in 4th and stubmling.— AKM (@AKM_ES) January 7, 2013
Scandal! Well, not exactly. This is something that NFL teams get accused of all the time, and although it may be bush league, it's something that likely happens at games (especially playoff games) every single week. Even if there was fake crowd noise, it didn't do much to help the 'Skins overcome the Seahawks. Maybe it's time for Dan Snyder to start worrying less about how loud his stadium is more about how it is home to knee-mangling field turf.