March 4th update: The “beer snake” that was shut down by The Man in the D.C. Defenders Week 1 matchup has returned! All is again right with the world.
After further review… the #BeerSnake stands! Welcome back— D.C. Defenders (@XFLDefenders) March 4, 2023
Keep the tradition alive and well for all games going forward! Drink responsibly and respect your fellow fans. Rules and regulations to follow#DefendDC | #XFL2023 | @XFL2023 pic.twitter.com/jqnwwXfDsp
The D.C. Defenders hosted the Seattle Sea Dragons in Week 1 of the XFL. The game was good, as the Sea Dragons got out to a quick lead, but the Defenders battled back and eventually won 22-18 to take the game and a 1-0 record. But, the game did have its extracurricular activities going on the stands.
The Defenders fans quickly became well know for building “beer snakes” in 2020, the Covid cancelled XFL season. A beer snake, if you don’t know, is a line of empty plastic cups which once contained beer that is now in said beer snake makers’ bellies, and build a snake-like tower up high into the stands. Here is our beer snake coverage from 2020.
WE ARE DEALING WITH AN ALL-TIME BEER SNAKE FOLKS.— XFL (@XFL2023) March 8, 2020
THIS IS WHAT LEGENDS ARE MADE OF.
THIS IS THE XFL. pic.twitter.com/UYrDS7ut1I
So, this season the fans went to continue the tradition, but then tragedy struck! Security at the game stopped the snake, which did not sit well with the fans, who then started throwing lemons on the field.
Where did they get the lemons?
As a direct result of the lemon throwing, or at least coincidentally, the Defenders intercepted Ben DiNucci, returning the ball for a touchdown and setting up a big comeback win.