It’s hard not to notice the magic just down the street from the Nova Care Center, especially in the wake of Roy Halladay’s historic no hitter. So as the city of Philadelphia continues its love affair with a Phillies squad that’s on the verge of hearing the “D” word (dynasty) thrown around, many Eagles are taking notice.
Today as the media stood around Kevin Kolb’s locker, waiting for the quarterback to speak, the Texas native slowly put on his post-practice outfit. Gray shorts and a white t-shirt weren’t complete until Kolb placed a red Phillies hat atop his head. If you’re wondering, Kolb isn’t just hopping on the band wagon – the Phillies cap has been part of his wardrobe a few other times this season.
“We’re big fans of theirs. Obviously what Roy Halladay did the other day was pretty impressive, and hopefully we can do our own impersonation to match what he did,” Kolb said.
Granted, that’s pretty unlikely. Injured fullback Leonard Weaver made his way through the locker room Thursday and had a good-natured conversation with a few reporters who had gathered around. Weaver admitted he wasn’t much of a baseball fan, but said he couldn’t turn the game off once he realized what Halladay had going.
Weaver tried to put Halladay’s historic no-hitter in football perspective. If Kolb wants to impersonate it, he’s going to have a tough time by Weaver’s comparison “That’s like saying Leonard Weaver got 500 yards in one game. That’s amazing,” Weaver said.
While several Eagles were talking about their south Philadelphia neighbors, offensive lineman Todd Herremans took his support a step farther. Herremans was in attendance Wednesday night and tweeting about the Phillies. “Oh Boy! Roy…is a beast! Congrats Phillies… Keep it rollin!” Herremans wrote on his Twitter account.
It’s interesting in a town in which the Phillies played second fiddle to the Eagles for so many years to see the tables turned so drastically over the last few years.
That’s what happens when one team stands on the precipice of going down as one of the best three or four teams in the history of its sport and the other can’t orchestrate a 4th and 1 attempt without a delay-of-game penalty.