I’ve tried to write about the Eagles this season without any sort of emotional attachment to the team.
But the truth is that I grew up a Birds fan in the suburbs, so it would be disingenuous for me to say that I didn’t really care about the results. Of course I wanted them to win just as much as you did, and not just for “clicks.”
So it’s kind of strange, because I didn’t know how to feel after the Eagles put together the most comprehensive beatdown I’ve seen in more than a decade. I just sort of sat there in my living room, typing away with a shit-eating grin, happy for people like my 67-year-old dad, who has never seen the Eagles win the Super Bowl. I thought about the five uncles who have watched the Birds bomb out year after year after year. You think about the blue collar family from Bridesburg or Bordentown, where Sunday means more than just watching football.
It’s about the people, you know? It always has been, and it means something to this town that you just can’t explain to outsiders. Philly fans have been through a lot.
That said, I’ve never seen a local team play better in a “big game” scenario. Never. And if you want to kind of boil it down to one line that really explains everything, it’s this:
They scored 38 unanswered points in the NFC Championship Game.
I mean.. Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven. They scored 38 unanswered points in the NFC Championship game, coming from behind after the Vikings went 75 yards for the easiest of touchdowns on the game’s opening drive. You probably had that sinking feeling. Crossing Broad slack chat was “tight,” if you know what I mean. And drunk. At least four people were totally hammered. It was that familiar feeling of impending doom.
“Not so fast my friends!” as Lee Corso once said.
What we witnessed after that first Eagle drive was nothing short of total destruction.
We’ve seen so many losers come through this city, and yet here we are in 2018, with Doug Pederson and Nick Foles, of all people, leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
What a time to be alive. Continue Reading