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14 Reasons Philly Is, Always Was, and Always Will Be an Eagles Town

Why we fell for a team — and why our love for the Birds will never die.


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Yeah, it is still a little hard to believe, isn’t it? But if becoming champs (at last!) taught us anything, it’s that Philly is, always was and always will be an Eagles town.

Here’s why we fell for a team — and why our love for the Birds will never die.

1. Because at a time when nobody agrees on anything, we can still agree on the eagles.

What can you say about an 85-year-old team that won? Read more »

2. Because love for the Birds cuts across generations.

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3. Because we wear our hearts on our sleeves … and elbows … and ankles …

17 cool, crazy, and straight-up weird Eagles fan tattoos. Read more »

4. Because Doug Pederson has the smarts to understand this team … and town.

A conversation with the greatest coach on Earth. Read more »

5. Because Jason Kelce scream-shouted an oratorical masterpiece from the Art Museum steps while dressed like a goddamn Mummer leprechaun.

Jason Kelce’s Super Bowl parade speech, annotated. Read more »

6. Because we love a parade.

How to plan the city’s best bash ever — in just a few weeks. Read more »

7. Because Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long remind us that football can be about way more than football.

How Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long made a difference. Read more »

8. Because our best players got hurt — and we still won.

All the key players the Eagles lost for the season in 2017. Read more »

9. Because you can’t put a number on how much we love the Birds — although it’s fun to try.

Our maniacal fandom, by the numbers. Read more »

10. Because Howie Roseman proves there are second acts in the NFL.

After being removed as GM in 2015, he could have just quit. Thank God he didn’t. Read more »

11. Because everybody has a ritual, and everybody is superstitious.

Whatever your recipe for the team’s success, somebody else’s is weirder. We know. We asked. Read more »

12. Because before there were the current guys, there were lots of other guys.

Whatever your recipe for the team’s success, somebody else’s is weirder. We know. We asked. Read more »

13. Because we still get no freaking respect.

Odds of winning the 2019 Super Bowl as of August 10, 2018:

  • New England Patriots — 7:1
  • Minnesota Vikings — 10:1
  • Eagles — 10:1
  • Pittsburgh Steelers — 10:1
  • Source: Vegasinsider.com

    14. Because there are no words for how good it will feel to beat Tom Brady. Again.

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    Meg Saligman’s mural Bird Feed in Bella Vista | Photo: Jauhien Sasnou

    Published as “Remember That Time We Won the Super Bowl?” in the September 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.