Every year I anticipate the Super Bowl. It’s so much of a holiday. It’s huge. Families and friends gather to celebrate the biggest single day sporting event in North America. A day to celebrate the conclusion of America’s most popular sport’s season.
With all of that happiness and celebration comes the enormously huge void of not seeing my beloved Eagles playing in big game. In some ways it makes me jealous. In some ways it upsets me. But in more ways than any other it frustrates me.
I torture myself by watching other fans go nuts and celebrate winning the AFC and NFC championships and Super Bowl victories on youtube. And while watching those video’s all I think about is how ready I am to see Eagles fans celebrating in their homes, bars and in the streets. During my lifetime that happened once during the 2004 season. Only of course to be let down by losing Super Bowl XXXIX to the Patriots.
I remember during Super Bowl XLII, Patriots vs Giants pt 1, I was in a sports bar in Richmond, VA surrounded by Giants fans. Patriots fans held their own, but dominated by Giants fans. I sat at the bar and watched the game. At the end of the game when the Giants won they went nuts. I sat at the bar and lost it. I literally cried. Not because I was happy by the Giants winning by no means. But because the Giants are close to me in the sense of being a divisional rival. It hurt seeing my enemy win and all I could do is wonder when it was MY turn. When will MY Eagles lift that Lombardi?
I told myself I will never put myself in that position again. Being an Eagles fan has never been easy. But it will be worth it because I do honestly believe that I will live to see the day when the Eagles hoist that Lombardi. All of the frustration and tears will be worth it.
So while watching Super Bowl XLVII I will have a great time. I always love watching the Super Bowl. But like every other Super Bowl with the exception of Super Bowl XXXIX, I will have my moments during the game when I reflect and think about my Eagles and how much I wish I was watching them on the field instead. But nonetheless I will watch.
Fact is I am sick of being poked fun at by other fans. I’m sick of seeing pictures of Eagles fans with the heads in their hands and video’s showing so much disappointment during some bad times. I not only want that to change, but I NEED that to change.
And the old saying goes “there is always next season” has become very redundant. I think I can speak for all Eagles fans when I say I’m ready for next year to get here. I’m ready for the Eagles to lift that Lombardi and have that Super Bowl victory parade down Broad St. We have dealt with too much since 1960. We have suffered painful loss after loss. I have shed too many tears. We deserve a Super Bowl win DAMN IT.
Wow, how a win can change the mindset of some people. This win was huge. The narrow two point win was the best win we have had in a long time. I would put it up their with a playoff win. Granted, we improved to 4-9, but the win ended a two month long losing streak. Eight games. That’s the longest losing streak by the Eagles in 42 years. And gave a bit of relief to a highly frustrated fan base.
What I noticed first and foremost was the difference in play by the defense. Not because the wide 9 was scrapped (which I am happy about), but because for the first time all season I seen the guys play with heart, passion and pride. The whole team did. But most noticeably on defense. Now, I don’t know how much of that is due to the fact that Washburn and Babin are gone or not, but I believe that has some sort of factor.
Nick Foles had his first career win also. I’m happy and excited about this kids future with the Eagles. He has improved each week he has been the starter. And something that is extremely impressive to me is the fact that Foles knew what play he wanted to run (the game winning TD to Maclin) and told Reid what play he wanted and Reid gave him the ability to call his own play. That’s a lot of trust in a rookie QB. Foles is growing into something special right before our eyes.
On a side note here, I thought it was a bit of a slap in the face by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to choose us as an opponent to celebrate their ten year Super Bowl championship anniversary. I don’t think I need to explain why but I will anyway for the sake of venting. That 2002 NFC Championship game loss at the Vet was horrible for any Eagles fan to go through. If any year, 2002 was our year. We were better then the Buccaneers and definitely better than the Raiders team they beat in the Super Bowl. Still to this day I believe that we were the better team. We obviously had a bad day and that memory will last a life time. And for them to try and rub it in our face to only have Raymond James Stadium overtaken by Eagles fans AND the Eagles beating the Bucs via a come from behind victory in the last second? Well Tampa Bay, you can take your celebration and shove it.
And last but certainly not least. Andy Reid. I was so happy for him yesterday. Us fans and the media have been brutal towards Reid this season. I still believe he will be gone once when the season ends. And as I said before, I love coach Reid as a person and love everything he has accomplished for us. But man, that was a nice sight to see him smile and elated on the sideline once Maclin made that game winning catch in the endzone. It was nice to see the entire team happy. But especially nice to see Andy Reid smile after a win.
I just can’t shake the disappointment from this season. I have tried to stay positive no matter what. And recently before the Panthers game I posted a blog about remaining positive. Well, that was definitely short lived. All of the little bit of optimism I was attempting to maintain a firm grip on slipped away Monday night.
The fans are screaming for something to be done and done now to change. Not that any sort of change will save this season or anything. I mean let’s face it, being 3-8, your all but done. But show us something. Acknowledge the fact that you are listening to the fans frustrations. Act like you CARE about the fans frustrations and don’t just talk about “we have to do better” Excuse me but umm, no shit.
I know it’s Jeffrey Lurie’s policy to not interact with media during the season. He believes it takes away from the team. Well, at this point does all of that really matter? I mean the way I look at it is Mr. Lurie see’s his team in a deep tailspin ready to crash into the Earth and he’s the guy that slowly steps backwards into the shadow while he’s whistling like he has nothing to do with it. Break your policy of silence during the season and acknowledge us fans. Show us you care. Braking your own personal policy of silence is not going to matter. Because you have so far broke your promise to us. And that’s bringing us a Super Bowl.
To me the Eagles are like family. That’s why I get so mad at them. Because I know what they are capable of. Under Lurie and Reid we have seen what they can do. We have no doubt had some great times. Have done things that hadn’t been done by Eagles teams in a long time, if ever. I said this before and I will continue to say this. It is the expectations that built up this fan-base and has turned into a disappointing broken promise. That’s what makes this season so hard and disappointing. Because let’s face it, if this were the Kotite era, this would be expecting. But it’s not.
I’m an Eagles fan no matter what. That will never change. I love this team. And I will continue to remind that to everyone because it’s easy to jump ship during times like this. But that does not mean I need to be happy or complacent with how they are doing. This isn’t Carolina where it’s just “eh, they will do better, I’m sure of it” Because at this rate, finishing 3-13 sounds pretty damn realistic.
So, Mr. Lurie, step out of your silent hole and do something. I hate to sound like a broken record, but it needs to be done. Before the clock hits 00:00 on Dec. 30th. You owe that much to us. You know, the ones that put money in your pockets after buying tickets and merchandise. The people who invest ridiculous amounts of money, heart and time into this train wreck of a season. You owe us way more than just silence Mr. Lurie. You are losing way more respect by not breaking your policy then if you went ahead and did break it.
This about sums it up Mr. Lurie. Us fans deserve better than what we are seeing on the field by our team. The most loyal and passionate fans in the NFL deserve more than just silence. This organization built us fans up into believing in this teams so much before the season now we just get knocked down and embarrassed and we have no explanation for any of this. We deserve better. Do something Mr. Lurie and fix this otherwise you’re going to continue to lose us fans. We are the ones responsible for putting money in your pockets, remember?
The way I look at it is our Philadelphia Eagles are 3-7 and there is no place to go but up from this point. What has happened, has happened. It can’t be undone. Even though we all wish it could. It just can’t though. We can hope for the best in our immediate and long term future with this team.
My point is let’s not forget in the midst of this god awful let down of a season that we are still Eagles fans. Proud Eagles fans. Win or lose we still bleed green. It’s a brotherhood so to speak. A family. Every family goes through hard times and that’s where we are at right now. We don’t all have to agree with the decisions that this team has made. But we can continue to show our love for this team no matter what.
Let all of the outsiders say what they want to about us. It’s 99% negative towards us anyway. Who cares. At least we can say we are worried about our own backyard. Let the media portray us to the rest of the country however they want to. Especially to those who have never even come close to stepping foot on Philadelphia soil. Those people are all listening to biased OPINIONS.
Who cares. I’m only worried about my Eagles family and team. I’m choosing to look at things from a glass half full perspective today before the Eagles take on the Carolina Panthers tonight on Monday Night Football and I’m not hoping, I am expecting an Eagles win tonight.
It’s times like this that true Eagles fans will appreciate our first Super Bowl victory. I do believe that it will happen in my lifetime. So remain prideful. Never ashamed to say you bleed green.
For many fans this is all new to them because all they have known is the Andy Reid era. Never really had to experience a season quite like this one before. A lot of us that were around during the Kotite, Ray Rhodes and even some horrible teams during the 70’s and 80’s are having flashback. But out time will come. Our moment of glory will happen.
The video above is from 2009. I love this video. I think every Eagles fan should enjoy it because it will definitely make you feel good about being an Eagles fan through this disappointing season.
Well, it’s the second week in a row where the win wasn’t pretty. But again, it was a win. And that’s what matters most. How fortunate are the Eagles to be 2-0 after 9 turnovers in those two wins? How does that happen? In any case, it’s safe to assume the Eagles faithful is relieved to be 2-0. Because traditionally if you lose the turnover battle, you lose the game. Eagles are -2 when it comes to the turnover battle in the first two games. Let’s try to get on the plus side of that next week can we?
Overall I’m happy with the Eagles so far. Aside from the sloppy play that get’s ourselves in the negative side of the turnover battle of course. By the numbers, Vick had a better game against a better defense this week. Shady’s fumbles are uncharacteristic of him. Two games in a row where he fumbles? He’s usually sure handed and protects the ball very well. Whatever the cause of it is this year needs to be corrected.
All together the Eagles are on a six game win streak. Ten if you choose to include the 4-0 preseason. I like how that sounds. I feel that the Eagles are on the right path. Of course there needs to be some things that need to be worked on. Especially the turnovers because you will pull those wins out every now and again but history shows it’s not in your favor to lose that battle. Can you imagine how much better the last two Eagles games would have been without all of those turnovers?
Up next is Arizona. I’m not going to take them lightly. After all, they did beat a good New England team today. They are a team that the Eagles can definitely beat. Just NO MORE TURNOVERS!
Baltimore is an all around better team then the Cleveland Browns. So that means that the Eagles need to be clicking in every aspect of the game tomorrow. Especially on offense. The defense played solid but will be playing a better and more experienced Ravens offense, which wasn’t the case last week in Cleveland. I think the Eagles defense will do it’s job.
Like most of everyone else, it’s the Eagles offense that I’m worried about. It doesn’t take a genius to know that the Ravens defense is like night and day compared to last weeks Browns defense that gave the Eagles fits. Mike Vick can say he plays with passion and everything else all he wants. I don’t want talk. I want action. Play smarter. Balance the play calling out. 56 pass attempts is too much. I would love to know the Eagles record when the Eagles decide to go pass heavy 50 times or more per game. So please, if you have that answer let me know.
It all comes down to Mike Vick tomorrow. He needs to be smart with the ball and avoid turnovers. And for god sakes SLIDE! Ray Lewis and company are a physical group. They will be ready to get after Vick and whoever else has the ball in green. The offensive line needs to step it up. Especially Dunlap. Maclin and Jackson need to be healthy. And McCoy needs to carry the ball more. If any of this don’t happen then it will be a long afternoon at The Linc.
Right now the Ravens are the measuring stick for the Eagles in my opinion. This game will show how serious the Eagles are about being contenders or pretenders. I’d be lieing if I said this game don’t make me nervous because it does. On paper the Eagles look like a Super Bowl champion level type of team. But the game is played on turn, not paper. I believe tomorrow is the early test. 2-0 looks much better than 1-1. Let’s get it done offense.