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.