The Whole World Is Watching to See if Philly Boos Donovan McNabb

This is about as brilliant a defense of Donovan McNabb’s tenure as Eagles QB as exists—a thorough, funny, and wide-ranging case that the major criticisms of McNabb over the years have been unfair and overwrought. But what’s most damning is the writer Jon Bois’ verdict on Philly fans: This is probably our chance to make or break the reputation that our sports fans have, nationally, for being brutish thugs.

I try to keep an arm’s length from geocultural exceptionalism, at least within the context of the United States. I understand that it’s there, and that if I were to chance upon someone from Philadelphia, that person might well be different from his or her analogue in Wichita, Kansas, on account of where he or she is from.

At the same time, I know people from Philadelphia and Wichita and Los Angeles and Decatur, Georgia and Chicago, and in large part I can’t pick out one of their character traits and explain to you why they’re that way. This country is far more homogenous than its myths would have you believe. The Philly Sports Fan is surely not fundamentally different from the New York Fan who is surely not fundamentally different from the Alabama Fan. I’m suspicious of anyone who really believes otherwise to a particular extreme or another.

But I swear to God, if the Eagles boo Donovan McNabb at his retirement ceremony in September, it’s gonna test me a little bit.

I still reckon that the reputation of Philly fans precedes them, and that if they really are more ornery than Chicago fans or San Diego fans, it’s by a margin of 10 percent or less. But if they do follow up the warm reception for Dawkins by booing the Hell out of McNabb, the greatest quarterback in the city’s history, I’ll probably need to revisit this.

Lord God, that guy’s a stupid-magnet.

The whole thing is worth a read, but the gauntlet has been thrown: Philly, do you love or hate your sports reputation? Act accordingly at McNabb’s retirement.

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  • GMADD

    Personally I hope that he gets more cheers than boo’s but only because “boo’s serve no purpose” once someone is gone. When we Boo, it’s saying “Wake up dude, you are not playing like and/or acting like we believe you should be”. We pay the freight so yes, as passionate fans, that’s our right. Was he talented “yes”. Was he a good person off the field “Yes”, we believe so.

    But as for why McNabb looks to the rest of the country as Phillys great QB and to most of us here in Philly as someone who could of done much more and should have, it’s easy. You guys are merely looking at stats but we lived it day after day, The Andy & McNabb show. Constantly having letdown Sundays sprinkled in every year (lack of prep and attitude and only 16 games to prepare for), lose to teams we shouldn’t lose to, losing the big games EVEN when we are favored (look it up) constantly listen to Andy talk gibberish while MCNabb’s talk about being satisfied with himself and constant Whining about being picked on. McNabb always had the excuses while Andy gave us the “we will do better mantra”.

    McNabb is/was a real “woe is with me” kind of guy. He was one of the biggest primadonas this Team has ever had, thinks his crap don’t stink and not a philly kind of player in the least. When you look at the # of playoff games and the “1″ losing Superbowl (when he had a panic attack with 7 minutes left in the game, puked or not), remember that you are marking on a curve and really saying that because the teams sucked so bad before he showed up, we should be thrilled with his silliness and attitude. Not buying that at all. If you want to really get at the truth, look deeper into the stats and you will see DC Johnson and his Defense was the major reason the Eagles had moderate to good success in our (at the time) weak Eastern Division. Hope they don’t boo him and instead let him ride on but if they do, you are naive to think “they did not have a reason to”. He could not touch “Dawkins Heart or Guts” and was clearly not what we want in our Eagles whether the rest of the country likes it or not. Now, ask me if we care!