Wiley Gunter's has only been open in Baltimore for four years, but it's quickly established itself as the place to watch the Washington Redskins play for any and all in "Charm City."
The Washington Redskins fans showed up in huge numbers on Saturday, when the team hosted a "Redskins Rally" party at Wiley Gunter's in Baltimore, Maryland.
The establishment welcomed Redskins dignitaries, alumni and the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders for a rally on the eve of the team's game with the Baltimore Ravens.
Larry Michael - the "Voice of the Redskins" - was the emcee of the event, and joining him on the microphone was former Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark and tight ends Rick "Doc" Walker and Chris Cooley.
Clark, Walker and Cooley did a great job of representing the organization and getting the packed house ready for Sunday's game with the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
After Michael got the crowd revved up with a few giveaways, Clark had the floor. Actually, it was a floor Clark didn't even know existed in Baltimore. When Walker told Clark about Wiley Gunter's, he couldn't believe that it was a home base for all Redskins games in the Baltimore area, but as soon as he walked through the front door, he knew he was at home with all the Redskins fans that adore him to this very day.
"You know what? This is unbelievable," Clark said. "Yawl just cost me $100 to Doc Walker! I said, 'There's a better chance of [there] being a Redskins bar in Dallas than in Baltimore,' but this is off the chain! I'm excited to be here guys, thank you so much for supporting the Burgundy & Gold!"
As the evening's festivities went on, Wiley Gunter's got more and more packed with Redskins fans, both on the first level and the second level. Walker's been known to turn up at Redskins rallies all over the country, and this one in Baltimore was no exception, as he had the fans hanging every one of his words once he got the spotlight.
"This is overwhelming," Walker said. "We go all over the country following the Burgundy & Gold, and everywhere we go, to have these rallies, is incredible. It gets better, and better and better."
"In September, we're .500 [2-2], where we want to be," Walker said. "We're in good position with two wins. We talk about our defense, they haven't given up a point in the second half in two games. We gotta get better. We're not where we wanna be, but we're moving in the right direction. As long as you guys are there with us, we will get this done, and we will turn the Ravens into crows! We're here to beat the crows! Hail to the Redskins! Let's get it done!"
Last, but certainly not least, on the talent roster for the evening was Cooley, whom the crowd went nuts for as soon as he stepped in the building. There were fans wearing Cooley jerseys all throughout the place, and Cooley promised to sign every single one of them, and he kept his word by staying with his fans well after the event had concluded. It was an impressive sight seeing Cooley signing jerseys, hats and taking pictures with babies. That's how much Chris Cooley is loved by Redskins Nation.
The love didn't just travel down a one-way street. Cooley made sure to give it right back to the Redskins faithful, as a great parting gift before the Redskins take on the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
"We gotta beat [the] Baltimore [Ravens]," Cooley said. "We're a good football team. We're gonna win a lot of football games. You gotta believe in this team, [because] I believe in this team. It's a honor to be here because of all of you guys. The fans across the country are the greatest. You guys are absolutely incredible tonight. Hail to the Redskins!"