We hear it so much more often then we should. Its the disrespect and shade consistently thrown our way as a fanbase. To make it worse, its never anything new; the things they use are always the “Throwing Snowballs at Santa”, “Prison in The Vet” and “You cheered on Irvin’s career ending injury”. Are these all true? Yes. However, they all happened at least 20 years ago. Okay, obviously some things were done to the Vikings and their fans but it goes both ways-they egged it on.
Its the passion. We love our teams no matter what. Especially our Eagles. They’ve brought out our worst and they’re bringing out our best. Charles Barkley said it best to a reporter from NBC Philly last week “When I came in, the Sixers had won, the Flyers had won, the Phillies won but these fans love their Eagles. These are the best fans in the world.” We always stand by our teams. Great examples of this is the Sixers and Flyers, they’ve hit a rough patch recently with the Sixers going 10-72 in 2016-the fans have “trusted the process” and stayed pretty patient; the Flyers, who’ve probably been the most consistent team in the terms of making the playoffs have struggled to do that lately-they still got amazing turnouts for their games.
Plus when we have the chance to celebrate, we take the streets and do it. In 2008 when the Phillies won the World Series 2 million fans showed up at their parade. 2 million. That’s how you show love to teams that give you unbelievable memories. Just imagine though. What would an Eagles’ parade be like?
During the 80’s, Philly fans were given a treat of four good teams, but sandwiched between now and then were years of inconsistency and/or disappointment. We did the correct thing though. We stayed loyal. Because of that, we have been blessed. Us as fans now get to watch young, talented and filled with potential like: Carson Wentz, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, Dario Saric, Nolan Patrick, J.P Crawford, and there’s plenty more that can be named. More importantly, we have an Eagles team full of dogs and have bestowed us, up to this point, a truly magical season and playoff run.
We have the best fans in the world-without a doubt. We’ve been able to celebrate a Stanley Cup. We’ve stormed Broad Street after Harry Kalas made the call in 2008, when the Fightin’ Phils won their second World Series. We’ve held Larry O’Brien on three separate occasions. There however is one trophy we haven’t been able to parade on Broad Street for. It’s Lombardi. This isn’t like any other year though; we’re heading into the first week of February with one game left on the schedule. Just envision, it’s the night of February 4, 2018, and the clock turns to 12-midnight hits Broad Street. Midnight green that is.