Complex Sports’ Maurice Peebles talked to Carson Wentz about redheads, music, and airport boos. But the most intriguing part of his interview was the question based off of an old Crosswalk post:
The site CrossingBroad.com pulled together some numbers from sports-reference.com and came to a realization concerning the home field advantage in Philadelphia. They looked at the Home Field Advantage Percentage of every team in every city in the four major sports over the last 10 years. Of the 30 NBA teams, 30 NHL teams, 30 MLB teams, and 32 NFL teams, Philadelphia ranked dead last in terms of Home Field Advantage Percentage in every single one. The weirdest part was that no other city had all their teams in the top five, or in the bottom five, or in the middle. There was no other correlation across the country or Canada besides Philly, and Philly was last in every single one. The Eagles, in fact, were the only team in North America with a negative Home Advantage Percentage, meaning that they played worse in front of their own fans than they played on the road. The rough odds of this happening are 800,000-to-1, so to me that screams it’s not a fluke. I know everyone says “Oh the fans are passionate,” but hearing that this crazy statistical anomaly is happening where there’s obviously something going on with the fans or the atmosphere—I just want to get your initial reaction to that.
Honestly, it’s surprising. I thought you were gonna go the other way with that, not dead last. Um, heck, I guess I don’t know what to make of it. I haven’t played in the Linc yet so I’ll have to wait and see and get my own sense. Maybe if you ask me in a year or two I’ll have a better sense of it once I’m around that area but, heck, that’s pretty surprising. And usually not a good thing so we’ll flip that around at least for the Eagles.
I hope so. I know rabid fans normally end up as positives for a team because other teams don’t wanna play there and other fans don’t wanna come there, but [in Philadelphia] a lot of it seems to be the pressure that the fans put on the players, just in terms of how much of their own lives are gripped up with the team. And it seemed to actually have an affect on the outcome of the games over the last 10 years.
It’s interesting. That’s really interesting. We’re gonna turn that around, though.
Wentz actually answers the question pretty well, considering it couldn’t be one he was expecting to be asked. But his most important answers comes down to fashion. On the sleeve length on his SI cover:
“I still gotta make a decision on how I want my sleeves to look. But I’ll probably have them similar to what they were in college. Not long sleeves but maybe not what’s in that picture. I don’t know. But we’ll see. Honestly I’m not overly concerned with the look of the sleeves I just want them to be functional.”
He may have just arrived, but he knows what we wanna hear.