You're going to see plenty of top 10 Eagles Super Bowl lists this week. But this one is different because it's about the people who are the fabric of what makes an Eagles fan and why the Eagles need to win it all for them.
10. 1960, as in the last time the Eagles won a championship. The mere mention of the year denotes the franchise's title futility. JFK was in office, gas cost $0.25 per gallon, average family income was $6,691. The No. 1 hit song in December of that year was, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" by Elvis Presley. The highest rated TV show was "Gunsmoke." The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, had yet to be born. You get it.
9. Because it's the Patriots. Spy this.
8. So the trump card that every NFC East foe fan has to end an argument can be ripped away. You know, the ring argument. "Oh yeah, how many rings do the Eagles have?" Anyone who grew up here has heard that from the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins fan after a spirited debate. You're rendered silent when they throw that down.
7. So the Tampa Bay NFC Championship Game loss — last game at the Vet, below 32 degrees, Joe Jurevicius, Ronde Barber, still running — won't hurt so damn much or at all anymore. Not to mention the Rams, Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Raiders.
6. For the B-Dawk, B-West, Donovan, T.O., Trot, Runyan, Tra, Big Red group that came close but no cigar.
5. For Reggie, Jerome, Seth, Clyde, Wes, Randall, Mike Quick and the Buddy guys of that era who were so great.
4. For Jaws, Wilbert, Harold, Bergey, Dick Vermeil and that crew who turned the franchise around after a crazy long playoff drought but could not finish the job.
3. For Merrill. Can you imagine his game-winning, last-second field goal or touchdown call? He may pull every muscle in his body if it happens. "It's goooooooood."
2. For this 2017 Eagles team. A group that has overcome more injuries while achieving more than any Birds team ever.
1. For you, the Eagles fan who has been through it all. Every brutal loss, every injury, insult, Santa Claus snowball reference, flare gun, Bryce Paup, Wentz's knee, dream team, load level, Kenny King, Rodney Harrison, Cowboys fan from Philadelphia. You show up, rain, cold, or snow. You travel hundreds of miles, year after year to watch your team, win or lose. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and childhood friends, young and old, deserve that feeling and that parade.