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A Redskins fan unwittingly created the music for anti-Redskins nickname campaign

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional football Updated: June 10, 2014 - 1:29 PM

In a story that's almost too perfect, the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg tells us of two Washington Redskins fans who created a song a few years ago that is now being used in a national campaign against the team's nickname. Per the story start:

Tim Cretella was cooking chili and drinking a beer back in January when a friend tagged him on a Facebook post linking to a video on Hot 99.5′s site. Still cooking at the stove, Cretella clicked the link on his phone.

“It was like a movie scene,” he recalled. “I held my phone up, and then I literally spit my beer out when I heard the first ding of the guitar.”

“Holy [cow],” he remembered thinking. “That’s my song.”

The video was the two-minute ad advocating for a Redskins name change, which the National Congress of American Indians produced before the Super Bowl. The guitar ding — and subsequent music — was written by Cretella and his wife Brittany, a singer/songwriter duo unaccustomed to a national audience. And the ad’s message was of particular interest to Cretella, a lifelong Redskins fan who grew up in Prince William County, lives in Old Town, is married to a fellow Redskins fan and is friends almost exclusively with Redskins fans.

“You know as well as I do there’s some people that take the name change real seriously,” Cretella, 30, said with a laugh, comparing his recent experience to the first time Bob Dylan got booed. “It’s definitely a surreal feeling.”

Eventually, it became the soundtrack for a national TV ad that is airing in several markets during the NBA finals. We can't think of a suitable possible local parallel, but if you think of it feel free to have a go of it in the comments.

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