Reader Post: We’re Not Blue Collar Fans Anymore

Just hours before Michael Vick returns to Atlanta for a primetime showdown, WIP's Adam Reigner takes a look at how we've changed as fans. Two years ago, could you have imagined rooting for Michael Vick? Be honest.

We may see ourselves as a blue collar fans, lunch pail and all. But alas we are not. We have been seduced by the quick strike, fireworks type offense. What happened to the offense of old when we had to grind it out? We’ve become just like every other city: we want the glitz and glamor; dare I say we idolize the “star”. In the span of three years, this town has gone from psuedo-hating a stand up citizen worthy of hall of fame consideration to admiring a convicted felon, who hasn't won a playoff game since 2004. It’s not all about winning. Just like it isn’t about just getting into the end zone, anymore. It’s about something more. 

After all, its just any given sunday and we want Willie, Willie Beamen

Michael Vick is without a doubt that chick you never had a chance with in life. She just got out of a long term relationship and was looking for a little self confidence after a bad break up. She was getting her life back together and just wanted someone else along for the ride. That’s you — the rebound who has fallen head over heels.

You had a good girl before, one who was always there for you, but you never wanted her. She was constantly trying to win your approval, so much so that in the end, you just ended up hating everything little thing she did.

Donovan McNabb is the all-time Eagles leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Every year he carried an offense that featured players like Na Brown and James Thrash. You screamed for Andy Reid to go out and get some wide receivers, but they were fine there. Even when we did finally get that wide receiver that we so coveted, we still found a way to blame McNabb and demanded even more from him. Instead of seeing the type of player you had in McNabb, all we ever saw was him with a 400-pound weight on his back. The man never complained that he didn't have wide receivers. He came to work everyday with his lunch box and gave it everything he had. He never let things bother him, usually. Instead, he would simply laugh them off. And we hated him for this. ‘Tis true.

Michael Vick, on the other hand… well, he has a record. Literally. Countless chances have been given to a man who can effortlessly throw a football 60 yards with the flick of a wrist. His talent is unmatched, a man who self admit-tingly never put the time into becoming a complete quarterback in the NFL. He finally ran out of chances… before the Eagles took one last one on him. And we weren’t even his first choice of teams to play for. Could you blame him? He never had to work hard at being fast or throwing the ball far, and is now one of the most popular athletes in our blue collar town. 

He led the greatest tandem of wide receivers the Eagles have ever had to a first-round loss. What could McNabb have done with this talent in his prime? He took this offense to the five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl with far less.

Fact of the matter is this, blue collar fans don’t exist anymore, not here nor any other city. We've changed. I’ve changed. You’ve changed. We are all under the influence of "Sportscenter.” The three yard and a cloud of dust people are gone. It's one handed catches and touchdown celebrations now. None of that's blue collar. And none of that is Philadelphia anymore. Scream all you want, Andy isn't going run the ball this year, he's going to rely on his luxury jet to safely guide him into another playoff run.

In the interest of full-disclosure, I am just like you, though. I have left the comfort of that girl with whom I could do no wrong for the girl who was out of my league. I’d rather watch Vick scramble for three yards than witness McNabb throw the ball at Westbrook’s feet any day of the week.

But things aren’t always as they seem …

What if DeSean Jackson dropped that 88 yard touchdown on Monday night, would you be as willing to forgive Michael Vick?

What if the eagles defense had stopped the Cardinals on that last drive — or caught up with Joe Jurevicius, would you be as willing to love McNabb?

The answer to both of those questions is, sadly, “no.”


19 Responses

  1. I could write a better article proving the exact opposite of this article. After an Eagles game, win or lose, sports radio shows’ phone lines are clogged with fans screaming for Reid to run the ball more. For the better part of the last decade, and still occurring today, fans are not happy with this team if there isn’t balance on the offensive side of the ball. Eagles fans STILL want more running, are eager for the Birds to acquire/draft a big 3rd down back, etc. We, as fans, are exhibiting symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome as prisoners of the Andy Reid administration. Watching the Eagles coaching staff call passing plays on 3rd and short for most of the last decade will do that to you.

  2. Kyle you suck at writing. How many times are you gonna use the hot girl metaphor to describe sports in this town. Get creative hack

  3. I agree in being disappointed in this post. We are still blue collar. Maybe not us folks that have a family beach house at the jersey shore. But us true blue collar fans that work 60hours a week and buy fix instead of making a payment on the cable bill, WE still are blue collar. We recognize what our team is and want it to succed. We realize jimmy Johnson is gone and so is his game changing defense. We realize that Reid and Co. have drafted heavy on the offensive side and we know that is the make or break of the team and will be the key to our success as a team. Until the team mentality changes then we will look for the big play. But I for one long for the days when our D would let up400 yds but only allow 3 FG. I miss the 13-10 17-14 wins. And mcnabb is ok but was always ALWAYS a great athelete and a slightly below average QB. And I hate Vick but he doesn’t have the benefit of playing with a Jimmy Johnson run defense, so a comparison is totallyn unfair

  4. Kyle, dont feel the hate. See when you attack peoples views of themselves even when its well supported, they get angry. See this article is exactly whats going on right now. We lost are edge and people like Flyer wont accept it, nor will mikebiff. They are the same ones who wanted to take a chance on Jagar because Richards was out partying all the time, you know like all the Flyers in the 70’s werent. He showed up… played hard… hurt or not, and we shooed him out of town because we wanted flash. Its a shame no one respects hard work in this town anymore.

  5. I think ‘blue collar’ has always spoken more to our demeanor as fans; the attitude we show towards our teams, the attitude we show towards visiting teams, the passion and hardwork that we demand from our players, and the love shown to the ones that show it. I don’t think it was ever a term stemming from the type of offense they ran as a team – maybe more than anything from the defense/special teams that brought it every play. The Phillies crowd has changed (albeit from a distance, don’t live in the area anymore and haven’t been to a game), tv shows the crowd, it’s younger and covered in red. And HAPPIER! If anything has lost it’s blue collar label, it’s the smiling and celebration replacing the scowels and shouts. But, did like the article, it’s nice to see somebody trying to entertain the crowd.

  6. Doesn’t the first sentence in italics say that this piece is by Adam Reigner? Don’t speak about what I will and won’t “accept”. #1 rushing offense? Are you serious? Are you talking about after week #1? Haha… if you’re talking about 2010, no, that’s not good enough for me( and many fans who call sports radio) considering 1/4 of the attempts and 1/4 of the yards are by our 6 ft. 200 lb. quarterback, who needs to stay healthy for this team to have any chance of winning a championship.

  7. You are so wrong on this article its ridiculous. Eagles nation has begged for a run the ball steelers type mentality ever since porky pig took over the team. Horrible, just horrible .

  8. Lol everyone was hating on Kyle and none of them were intelligent enough to read the fact that he didn’t even write it hahaha, tards

  9. I admit I over looked the reader post part in italics but I like how you changed the title to include READER POST

  10. Kyle, this article sucks. Yes it may have been from a reader, but once I got to the second paragraph i was bored and you used your dumb hot girlfriend recycled shit. This is still a blue collar town. Do you know what blue collar is. Unions, teamsters, laborers, journeymen, foreman? Yes, theyr’e are a majority of white collar people who attend the game but the real fans who made this city and actually built the linc are blue collar. But hey, you don’t even live in the city you live in the burbs with the “white collars”

  11. Adam – we are blue collar fans for socio-economic reasons, not due to the kind of offense the Eagles are running.

  12. Adam, speak for yourself asshole! i dusted off the bounty bowl VCR tape last night, drank boilermakers and cried myself to sleep.

  13. Harry, we are blue collar people for socio-economic reasons, but we are blue collar fans, or i am a blue collar fan b/c of the type of team i want to see, i want a grind it out get it done team, as much as i hate to say, like the steelers… an since we are blue collar people we want to see players that we relate to, which is why this city loves Chase Utley. We like the gritty, go to work and do what it takes players and teams, b/c that is what we do every day.

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