No Huddle: Being an Eagles’ Fan

Everyone takes their shots at Eagles’ fans.  Eagles’ fans are fair-weather, obnoxious, rude, crude and disrespectful.  We have all heard these words to describe our behavior.  Everyone has been at a bar, party or social event when a sports discussion breaks out. There’s usually one loser who pops off, “Eagles’ fans are the worst, my friend’s brother went to a game and go into it with a bunch of Eagles’ fans.”  If you notice, it’s never a first hand account.  My friends Brother, my friend’s Uncle, my Nephew’s Jr High track coach.  These stories are always second hand and of course embellished to a certain degree.

The national media is by far the worst at perpetuating the myth of Eagles’ fans.  Smallest of issues gets broad cast all over ESPN and becomes a national story to the point where they beat it to death.  These issues happen across every NFL stadium.  Whenever the Raiders and 49ers play there is always a stabbing, but its not in Philadelphia so its not news.  I call this lazy journalism.  It’s the easy way out.

The first thing anyone brings up is “Throwing Snow Balls” at Santa, with out doing any research or knowing the true story of what really happened.  For the record it was the last game in 1968 season and the Eagles’ were on their way to losing to the Minnesota vikings.  The Eagles’ had planned a half time Pagent Christmas show where Santa would do a lap around the field.  The only problem was when Santa arrived, he was a little too boozed up.  Fans were booing and throwing snow balls because he was a lack luster Santa.

Blue collar, Loyal, Passionate, prideful and knowledgable are a few of the words I would use to describe Eagles’ fans.  When the Eagles’ are playing well there is a buzz and feel around the area that you just can’t describe.  You get a chill when you’re at a game and they run through the tunnel or after any E – A – G – L – E – S chant.  Again, something you can’t describe but you know it when you feel it.  The Eagles’ bring us all together through the good times and the bad.

Everyone knows we haven’t won the big one since 1960. That doesn’t stop the fans from coming out, supporting the team or buying season tickets.  There’s a reason the season ticket waiting list almost 60,000 people long.  Win, lose or draw The Linc is packed.  Opposing teams know when they take the field it’s going to be a long day.

The passion we all get for this team is usually passed down from generation to generation.  I learned about the game and the Eagles’ from my dad who learned it from his dad.  The best part of going down to the game regardless of a W or a L is sitting in my two seats with my Dad.  Every Sunday there we are.

All fans Bleed Green, those who think we are crazy or nuts, just don’t understand and never will.

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