Remember this fine moment in Philadelphia sports history:
Well, resident carnival barker Angelo Cataldi of 610-WIP is still apparently not embarrassed about being so wrong about Donovan McNabb vs Ricky Williams and is staying classy by organizing one final booing of McNabb during the pre-game festivities on Sunday afternoon. And it's become national news.
Sure enough, there's a warm Philly welcome in the works. Angelo Cataldi, a talk-show personality and the leader of the so-called "Dirty 30" — the 30 hardcore Eagles fans who led the boos at Madison Square Garden when the Eagles drafted the Syracuse star over Texas running back Ricky Williams — has organized a "Boo McNabb" parade featuring sign-carrying boo birds, a juggler, some strippers, and a guy on stilts. It remains to be seen if any of them will actually make it to Lincoln Financial Field for the game.
And I mean who better to represent the feelings of Philadelphia sports fans than a morning radio host transplanted from New England?
It was not one of Philadelphia sports fans' finer moments 11+ years ago. But at least there seemed to be somewhat of an explanation – the fans wanted the organization to draft Williams and when they didn't, they booed the pick. The boos were more directed at Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, than they were toward Donovan McNabb. But perceptions are everything and to McNabb and the national media covering the event, the boos seemed at worst personal, and at best in poor taste and not in the right venue.
Organizing another "Boo McNabb" campaign is childish and frankly idiotic. I never understood why a loud vocal minority of fans loathed a good player with a vanilla personality like McNabb in the first place. He was never a lightning rod or controversial player, was a good citizen and family man, and played very well here for a long time. Granted, he was never really loved or embraced even by many of his biggest supporters partly because of his low key personality, but he also never should have generated the negativity he received over the years.
It seems that his biggest crime is that he never won a Super Bowl and tantalized the fan base by getting close so many times. But if you booed every QB in this city who never won a Super Bowl, you'd lose your voice. As bleak as things looked for the Eagles franchise in 1999, if someone had told you then that you'd draft this guy and in 10 years, you'd make the playoffs 8 times and play in 5 conference championship games and 1 Super Bowl, but yet never win it all. I think every fan would have taken that.