I don’t care that the Eagles entered last night’s game a putrid 3-8. I don’t care that they haven’t won since September. Or, as so many have pointed out, that the Phillies have won a game more recently than this debacle of a football team. I don’t care that starters like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Michael Vick were all out. Or that the offensive line is terrible. And I don’t care that the Eagles have no chance of reaching the postseason in 2012.
None of the aforementioned inconveniences are an excuse to have passed on watching the game last night. It was Eagles-Cowboys. It was in primetime. And there’s no shortage of intrigue here–and I’m not talking about that whole spoiler role thing, either. There’s nothing to spoil–the Cowboys aren’t going to make the playoffs.
The evaluation of players like Nick Foles, Bryce Brown, and Brandon Graham should have been enough to get any self-respecting fan to tune in.
So I was nothing short of floored this week to hear sports radio hosts and fans alike about how they would be turning to Boardwalk Empire or some other type of Sunday night programming, opting to pass on what would eventually be the Eagles’ eight-consecutive loss.
Yeah, is this isn’t exactly must-see TV right now. I get it. But this is a town that prides itself on passion and loyatly. This is a town that’s long defended how difficult it may be on its teams and how venomous the boos and insults may be by pointing out it never turns its back on a team. And while this team has earned every bit of the fans’ ire, my question to those fans is this–where the hell were you last night when you were watching Boardwalk Empire, or Breaking Bad, or whatever the hell it is you opted to watch last night?
This is 2012. There’s something called a DVR. And it’s a beautiful thing.
Many fans stuck it out and watched last night’s game which turned into an unexpected thrilled. And I applaud those people. But for the remainder of the fanbase, the ones that often boast about its passion, well, they should be ashamed of themselves.