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SI, reaching for the clicks that are sifted through arbitrary awards and lists (I’m not above it– just saying), named Eagles fans the most hated in the NFL:
Most hated fan base: Eagles
It all started in December 1968, when those disenchanted fans of the Eagles sitting at Franklin Field decided that the best way to unleash their invective was to hurl snowballs at Frank Olivo, a 19-year-old man who stepped onto the field in a Santa Claus suit. The fans were disgusted because the then-lame franchise was winning too much at the end of the season—winning their way right out of the derby for USC’s O.J. Simpson, who went to Buffalo as the first pick in the 1969 draft. Philadelphia took defensive back Leroy Keyes (who?) with the third pick, leaving Joe Greene on the board for the Steelers with the next selection.
In 1998, the team installed a jail in the bowels of Veterans Stadium and hired a judge, the delightfully-named Seamus McCaffery, to preside over the rowdiest of an infamous bunch. And in 1999, several of Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin’s teammates were understandably distressed when they thought Eagles fans were booing the future Hall-of-Famer as he lay on the field with the neck injury that ended his career. In truth, the fans were booing Deion Sanders, but the fact that they cheered as Irvin lay on the field motionless tells you all you need to know. Every fanbase is unfortunately defined by the minority who do stupid stuff like this, but it seems that Eagles fans are more defined than any other group. —DF
More defined… because of dreck like this. But saw someone Tweet the other day that we should just embrace it (as if we haven’t already). I’ll co-sign that. Start by booing ugly people on Kiss Cam, escalate to shining laser pointers to confuse Noah, the brain damaged ceremonial Bald Eagle. That would sufficiently piss off Bob Costas and therefore the nation.
H/T to (@NotoriousCMB)
The remaining members of the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, returning to the SCENE OF THE GRIME tonight to play the hapless Phillies – ostensibly a ball club, which is a shell of its former 2008 self – spoke to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Tribune about their memories of the 2008 World Series. As you might have guessed, they whined quite a bit about the fans, the weather, their accommodations, and the general existence of October.
It didn’t seem like the people of the city were happy that their team was in the World Series. It seemed like they were more happy and excited to take out their anger on the opposition and to degrade us.
They were lined up on the street “gesturing” at us. Many, many gestures. They were banging on our bus.
And, to say the least, I don’t think our family and friends who were at the games were able to enjoy it as much as they should have been able to.
Crying baby meter*: 6– tears, audible noises, but overall retains control of motor skills and bodily functions… mostly:
WAHHHH WAHHHHH – farrrrrt –
Photo: Creative Commons, Beth on Flickr
Bullpen catcher Scott Cursi:
It was a very passionate crowd for the Phillies. I’m trying to be politically correct. It was a tough crowd. They were on us from batting practice until the last out was made. There was a kid by the bullpen cursing at us and there was a cop there just laughing. There were a lot of colorful metaphors from the fans.
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… which brought the man’s ball total to… one. One ball. He now has one ball.
Over the weekend, Maikel Franco hit his first career home run, to left field. In a (typically) fairly empty section, the ball went right to Joyce Murphy Kiner. The ball hit her glove and dropped into the flowerbeds, and then some asshole checked her out of the way, took the ball, and got out of there. Kiner told the whole story to Anthony Gargano this morning:
“I knew the ball was coming my way. My husband handed me his glove when he left his seat … I put my hand out and it hit my glove or was in my glove but the glove is too big for me. It fell right right in the flowerbed right in front of me … I couldn’t really get up and over the fence without falling in. I had it in my hand and I just tried to get a good grip on it and the guy just ran over, pushed me out of the way, and then took it … He body checked me really.”
She said the guy who stole the ball and his friends (outed as one Jim “Jorts” Bergen, nickname mine) continued to eyeball her while she was talking to the Diamondbacks announcers, like a real scumbag. Kiner said it looked on TV like the guy was escorted out, but really the Phillies certified the ball (presumably taking it for Franco) and sent him back to his seat. 97.5 gave Kiner some future front row seats and a pendant from a jeweler, while also probably giving Jim Bergen a couple of bad days.
It just goes to show you, never trust a guy in jorts and an unbuttoned jersey.
[Editor’s note: Yeah, I know– we’re late on this. Had it scheduled to go this morning, then the Flyers hired a coach from OUT OF LEFT FIELD.]
Jon Stewart, in his open last night about the shooting at a cartoon contest yesterday, compared Philly sports fans to the ridiculous anti-Muslim group, American Freedom Defense Initiative, that thought it a good idea to hold a contest for who could draw the best (and presumably most offensive) cartoon of the prophet Muhammad:
“That’s the group AFDI. That’s the same group that led protests against the so-called Ground Zero mosque and has been plastering New York subways with anti-Islamic advertisements. AFDI is a First Amendment group the same way people from Philly are sports fans. Ostensibly they like sports, but really they’re just looking for an excuse to punch a stranger and pour beer on someone’s baby.”
This coming from a Mets fan.
Video after the jump.
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Zach Woods, whom you may recognize from HBO’s outstanding Silicon Valley or The Office or Veep, was a guest on Marc Maron’s podcast this week, and Woods, who grew up in Trenton, amalgamated every Philly fan cliché into one during this exchange where he and Maron explained (mostly correctly) the dingy feel of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia:
Maron: “It just feels like there’s a dark and post-industrial vibe.”
Woods: “Right. It’s also, Philadelphia’s kind of a racist city and their sports – and I’m not like a big sports guy – but I remember when I was growing up and Santa Claus would skate onto the ice around Christmas time at Flyers games and people would throw batteries at Santa Claus.”
Maron: “That’s not racist– it’s just weird anti-Santa shit. That’s just fucked up.”
Woods: “It’s so weird… because you could throw drinks or things they have at the stadium, but batteries are premeditated, like you have to bring a battery from home.”
Maron: “Why batteries, why specifically at Santa?”
Woods: “It’s a complicated combination of elements.”
Indeed it is, Zach.
H/T to (@Modrevolve)
This has gone pseudo viral so I guess I gotta post it. “Where the fuck’s my knife at? I’m cutting my goddamn throat.” So… you’re telling me you don’t see the upside potential?
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pic via (@Mtrible)
This is currently number three on the front page of Reddit— a picture apparently taken at the Flyers-Caps game yesterday. The funny thing is, that sign would probably work at a Sixers game, too.