Grantland came out with its NFL entertainment index today, essentially a ranking of teams that are the most fun to watch based on wide-ranging reasons. The Eagles finished third, which on the surface sounds good… until you read Bill Barnwell’s explanation:
The Eagles are fun for casual fans because they reinforce simple, widely held narratives. Even your one game-every-few-weeks fan knows that the Eagles turn the ball over all the time, fail spectacularly in the red zone, and make terrible clock management decisions. These things happen in every Eagles game, and the only question is really just how awesome those mistakes are. Sure, you thought Ronnie Brown throwing the ball with his other arm to nobody inside the 2-yard line was bad, but was it really much worse than Michael Vick fumbling the ball into the end zone on a sneak? And between those narrative-affirming fiascos, you occasionally get some gorgeous play from Vick or LeSean McCoy. That's fun!
– nodding head -
And the national perception of the Eagles has finally matched ours.