I’m Not Fighting It Anymore: I Want to Be an Eagles Fan


It was during a performance of The Nutcracker that I realized I wanted to be an Eagles fan.

As soon as the curtain closed for intermission, my date checked his phone. An innocent enough move after an hour of ballet about a kitchen gadget, sure, but then I heard it. Coming from the seat next to me, the telltale opening notes of the city’s battle cry, a more infectious intro than the Sugar Plum Fairy could ever hope for: E-A-G – … you know how this ends. We all know how this ends, and he had plenty of company. Men and women, old and young, suits and sweats joined in to celebrate whatever had happened a couple miles down Broad Street. Read more »

Three Ridiculous Excuses for Being a Cowboys Fan in Philadelphia

Cowboys star, weasel via Shutterstock.

weasel, Cowboys star via Shutterstock.

I don’t know who came up with the idea to create professional team sports, but I’m pretty sure they began as a form of civic pride.

If people can come out to the town square to watch a Thanksgiving parade — a grand Marshall in the open car in front with Miss Dairy Farm riding shotgun — then they certainly can charge a bit of admission to see their Cincinnati Red Stockings playing baseball against a city rival.

Which brings me to the Dallas Cowboys fans who reside in the Philadelphia area.

They are an M. Night Shyamalan movie. They are pods who walk along with us except we can’t tell they are pods. Their identities are concealed. They are business suit wearers, construction workers. They are the folks who serve your morning coffee and Egg McMuffins. But then they wake up on Sunday and slap on a Troy Aikman throwback jersey because the Cowboys are playing the 4 p.m. game on CBS.

They are weasels. Read more »

10 Burning Questions About the 2015 Philadelphia Eagles Season

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

After two 10-6 seasons, no playoff wins and an action-packed offseason, anticipation for the Eagles this year couldn’t be much higher.

Chip Kelly traded away the NFL’s leading rusher in 2013, only to sign the league’s 2014 rushing champion. He traded his quarterback, Nick Foles, for a former No. 1 overall pick who can’t stay healthy. And he let the team’s best receiver, Jeremy Maclin, leave in free agency.

Will Kelly’s plan come together? Or will it crumble before our eyes?

The Eagles have a Super Bowl-caliber team this season, but the first step down that path comes tomorrow night as Philadelphia opens their season in Atlanta. Read more »

Eagles Will Go 11-5, Win the NFC East

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco

If you’ve been following the football writers, bloggers and ex-team executives — who once hated the media but now by the grace of a paycheck find themselves a part of it — the Eagles are somewhere between the moon and Santa Clara, California.

Joe Banner, the former CEO of the Birds, tweeted yesterday that the Eagles would win the 2015 Super Bowl, to be held this year in the sprawling San Francisco suburbs. This on the heels of Adam Schefter, ESPN’s football “Insider” who has the Eagles playing the Ravens for the big title.

And yet there is a conflict. Read more »

This Dude Is Trying to Trade Pope Passes for Eagles Tickets

The Pope, Chip Kelly

Photo of Pope Francis by Gregorio Borgia (Associated Press); Photo of Chip Kelly by Jeff Fusco (Phillymag)

Scan though Craigslist and eBay and you’ll meet a disappointing truth: Lots of people ordered passes to see the Pope and purchased SEPTA papal passes just so they could try to scalp them online.

It’s understandable people will make money from Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, of course. The World Meeting of Families itself has partnered with Aramark to sell pope merchandise and make sweet, sweet cash from pilgrims. But trying to scalp four tickets to see Pope Francis at Independence Mall for $1,000 — like this person is asking on eBay — just seems a bit much. Then again, gouging the faithful has been a tradition in many churches throughout the ages; maybe these would-be scalpers are on the right track to salvation.

But one person we can get behind unequivocally is this enterprising chap on Craigslist. He or she has four tickets for the pope’s visit and is willing to trade them — for four tickets to an Eagles game. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles.

Grantland’s Robert Mays writes that Chip Kelly’s plan to revitalize Sam Bradford could very well work.

Kelly’s approach this offseason — wheeling and dealing like few personnel people ever have — has looked insane at times. Plenty of coaches with 20 wins in two years would feel comfortable moving forward with a familiar quantity at quarterback. But the thinking behind the move for Bradford was a bold and commendable one — it seems that Kelly was projecting that both Bradford and his offense could be better than anyone imagined.

It’s still (extremely) early, but the factors that could have led a more optimistic person to feel good about how Bradford translated to Kelly’s style have been on display all preseason. The inhuman accuracy from his first two college seasons — when he completed a combined 68.5 percent of his passes — has been there in both of his preseason starts. Bradford’s 10-for-10 line on Saturday was impressive, but seeing him perfectly locate throws to receivers in reasonably tight coverage was even more encouraging.

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Will Heath Evans Please Shut Up About Chip Kelly, Eagles Fans

As a lifelong Philadelphia sports observer, there is one thing that bothers me more than anything: when outsiders stick their big, fat nose into our business and assume they know more than the people who live and die daily with our teams.

Take Heath Evans. Please.

Evans is an analyst for the NFL Network who routinely bashes the Philadelphia fan, and in particular, new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Now I remember Evans vaguely. He lasted 11 years in the NFL apparently as a fullback, but I remember him being in the league about a half an hour. He was a grunt. A guy who carried the football infrequently and who mostly served as a plow blocker for the really talented players. The jolts from that assignment may explain his illogical arguments when it comes to Kelly and Eagles fans. And besides that, I’m quite sure that he is bitter that his position in the league has been all but phased out. There is no more need for a fullback in the NFL, what with these sophisticated alignments that put speedy guys in slots and motion. Read more »

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