The Eagles won the Super Bowl! So how come I'm not happy?

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The Eagles won the Super Bowl! So how come I'm not happy?

It’s now been two weeks since the Eagles finally won their first Super Bowl. In that time, I’ve re-watched the game five times, re-watched the parade 15 times, and purchased six Super Bowl champions t-shirts, four sweatshirts and five hats. And that’s just from the next morning.

We won, like I’ve always wanted. We’re Super Bowl champs. It wasn’t a dream. I was led to believe that once the impossible happened and we reached the promised land, I'd have nothing more to worry about, ever again. 

So how come I’m still not happy?

I’ll tell you why: It’s because of Cris Collinsworth’s bias. And the unfair coverage of our celebrations; the national media won’t tell you this, but once the Super Bowl was over, not a single Eagles fan punched a horse.

There were the ridiculous crowd-size estimates. And Mike Francesa objecting to Jason Kelce’s language and calling for him to be cut. And the oddsmakers putting our Super Bowl odds below the Patriots’.  And Duracell, for that tweet about Philly fans throwing batteries. Disgraceful. From now on, I’m only throwing Energizers. I’ve also yet to hear an apology from Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid or Joe Banner for not winning us a Super Bowl before now.

At the parade, as we all remember, Jason Kelce sang “no one likes us, we don’t care!” But he was wrong. I care.

Maybe I’m not used to the feeling yet. Maybe it’s because I’ve been chasing this my whole life, and at this point, what else is there to chase? Maybe this sort of existential despair is what I’ve been fearing all along.

Nah, who am I kidding. It’s Cris Collinsworth.

Anyway, here’s my solution for the quarterback thing: Play Carson Wentz, AND Nick Foles. At the same time. Defenses won’t know what hit them, and besides, I’ve got a feeling if it comes down to it, Foles would make a hell of a wide receiver.

So don’t trade Foles. But DO trade Nate Sudfeld. I bet Cleveland would give up a 1 and a 4.

Other Philly sports takes:

- I’ll tell you what, Markelle Fultz caught a break. If not for the Eagles making a Super Bowl run and winning, he’d be all we had to talk about for the past month.

- The Michael Carter-Williams trade was three years ago this week, and let me tell you, I’m still mad about that.

- Jason Kelce appeared in Clearwater for the start of the Phillies’ spring training this week. I just wish he’d go through the entire Phils roster and list everyone’s faults and weaknesses.

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I Never Once Doubted You, Eagles

I Never Once Doubted You, Eagles

The Eagles did it.

On Sunday night, as throughout the entire season, they had to overcome a lot. Injuries. Adversity. Tom Brady. Bill Belichick. The refs. The league. The oddsmakers. Cris Collinsworth. That Patriots defensive coordinator who I could have sworn reached the second round of Wing Bowl before vomiting out. Whatever cheating the Pats attempted that we’ll find out about in three years. And most of all, everyone who said or wrote something nasty about Philadelphia fans throughout our run, or picked against us.

But we did it. And after Sunday night, I don’t know if I can ever be negative again. It’s a strange feeling, but a great one.

Over the years, I’ve been skeptical about the Eagles, and the chances they would ever, in any of our lifetimes, win a Super Bowl.

I didn’t trust Jeffrey Lurie, and may or may not have said a few hundred times that the team would never hoist a Lombardi Trophy as long as he was owner. We lived through all of McNabb’s choking, the eras of Mike McMahon, Kevin Kolb, Sam Bradford, various Detmers, the Dream Team, General Manager Chip Kelly and not getting Marcus Mariota.  

But this year was different. And really, we should have known this back at the start of the season. That the Eagles would lose MVP-caliber Carson Wentz and not miss a beat. That Nick Foles would win the Super Bowl, beating Tom Brady while both throwing and catching touchdown passes. That Eagles fans would turn multiple road games into home games, the Super Bowl included.

I should have known that Doug Pederson would turn out to be a genius, with not a single one of the negative coaching traits of his mentor Andy Reid. That Howie Roseman would throw a perfect game of an offseason. That Jeffrey Lurie would emerge as a very good owner, and even better dancer?

But somehow, some way, all of that happened. The Eagles are world champions, and there will be a parade.  

So congrats Doug Pederson, you earned this:

In all seriousness, I’ve been told by a lot of you over the years that I’ve made you laugh and helped get you through some of those tough times, and bad losses, and hopeless stretches. I’m happy to have done that, and am continually in awe of this town and these fans. Enjoy this, everyone!

Anyway, what the hell is going on with Markelle Fultz? Have you seen some of those shots? The Sixers should be ashamed!

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Why aren’t the Eagles favored over Falcons? Because everyone hates Philly

Why aren’t the Eagles favored over Falcons? Because everyone hates Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles, despite a 13-3 record and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, are a 3-point underdog on Saturday to the Atlanta Falcons. And if you’re not absolutely up in arms about that, you should be.

The reason the Falcons are favored is simple: The NFL, and all of its pundits, commentators, announcers, oddmakers and (especially) referees, hate the Eagles, the city of Philadelphia, and every one of its fans. They don’t think Philadelphia fans are good enough to provide a home field advantage because, as always, their contempt for us is limitless.

You may think the Eagles are an underdog because Carson Wentz is injured and Nick Foles looked extremely shaky the last two games of the season. But we all know that’s not true. The real reason is that the league hates Philly. Exhibit A: The Christmas Day game, when the broadcasters mentioned the snowballs/Santa Claus story roughly every five minutes.

You’re not taking it personally? Why not?

When national commentators say "Nick Foles isn't good enough at this point to win a playoff game," what they really mean is "Philadelphia is a bad city and its fans are bad people.”

And it’s not even just national guys. Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski wrote last week, using some statistical formula that I don’t understand, that the Eagles’ home field advantage is a “myth,” and that Philly actually has less of a historic home field advantage than most cities. What’s that guy thinking, insulting his own city’s fans?

The Eagles are going to win Saturday. I know it, you know it, and every local columnist, national columnist and oddsmaker knows it too. This is Philadelphia! 

This town has no tolerance for negativity.

Other Philly Sports Takes:

-Isn’t it fun to watch Andy Reid blow it in the playoffs... and knowing the Eagles aren’t in any way affected?

-This whole “Bills Mafia” thing is really cute. The Buffalo fans think they invented fan passion, as expressed via parking lot tailgate mayhem?

-ESPN fired Donovan McNabb last Friday, after his name surfaced in a sexual harassment investigation. If only the Eagles had dumped Donovan on a Friday night in January- they might have won a Super Bowl.

-The Phillies tweeted out a picture of their list of offseason accomplishments:

-Glad to hear Markelle Fultz has entered his “final stage” of rehab, which means he’ll likely return to action for the Sixers at some point in November or December.

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