Eagles Sr. VP of Communications Rob Zeiger went on the WIP Morning Show to clear up a few things about the fan experience at yesterday’s laugher, most notably why Sign Man was kicked out of the game and why PA music was blaring.
On Sign Man: Zeiger said SM was not removed from the stadium because of the content on his sign – “Andy, Quit, Your Team Has” – but because the sign was too large and blocking the view of fans. And after repeated requests to take down, the sign kept going back up.
"The stadium is packed so somebody is going to complain they can’t see. So we waited until the very end, when the stadium was pretty much filing out, so there was nobody behind us at all. So we didn’t block anybody’s view. And my nephew was on each end, and I said, ‘don’t take it down, we’re not taking it down."
Classic he said, sign said sitch.
The next explanation from Zeiger is decidedly ridiculous, however.
On loud music being used to drown out boos: [I’ll quote this one] “Well, we had the sound up, but it was for a different reason. We travel obviously to everyone else’s stadiums for the away games. We take notes on what seems to work at other ballparks, see what we want to apply here. Different people play different music, they put different things on their video boards, and we've noticed a good vibe at places that turn the music up a little bit louder. Yesterday, there was a good vibe out in the parking lot [editor’s note: a car fire, Fire Andy truck, Ryan Howard]. It was a sunny day, where you’re driving around in your car [editor’s note: the one with the Fire Andy billboard or the one on fire?], you’d probably turn the radio up a little bit. So, we turned it up a little bit. But, we did that before we even opened the gates, when there was no one was in there, and it was loud then. It was something we were going to do throughout the game and it didn’t have anything to do with how the game was going.”
The Eagles just happened to make that change after 11 years in the Linc and at the lowest point in team history. I guess next we should expect Terrible Towels and cannon blasts, the latter of which should make Jon Gruden feel right at home next year.