For all the unbelievable taunting we Eagles fans have to hear about how horrific we are, for all the idiotic actions of a tiny percentage of other Eagles fans that we seemingly constantly must separate ourselves from, there needs to be asserted a new and mostly unsaid sentiment. To be an Eagles fan is to be a warrior, relentlessly loyal and painfully immortal.
To be an Eagles fan will tease you and torment you, and – perhaps not in the ways you crave – it will reward you. You will become strong and forever resilient, and you will say, in a tone at times wavering and at times brittle but hopeful: “One day…”
Run your mouth, as an Eagles fan, and see what happens. We’ve all done it, at some point in some bar, and we’ve all had the same response thrown so callously and smugly in our face: “oh, and how many Super Bowls have you won?”. And we retreat deflated; whatever argument was in the process of grand inflation has popped and zipped to the floor, a forgotten nuisance like nothing but spilt beer.
But I say this: when the time comes, when the Super Bowl that has been so elusive – so evasive – finally comes, when the Lombardi trophy is finally lifted by the green birds in front of America’s most historically important city, every one of us Eagles fans can say:
“My good lord, what I have endured?… My good lord, how long I’ve waited, how my faith has been tested, how my patience has been pulled to a taffy string of its once steel resolve…and now, where Patriot fans and Steeler fans have become expectant and cynical, where Dallas fans have become laughably nostalgic, where Giant fans have become ludicrously spoiled and disconnected, I am here feeling something earned and something rare…”
When we finally win we will have earned it. In a way no one else has, and we will feel it in a way no one else has. To love the Eagles is to learn loyalty and to enjoy the ride. Life, John Lennon once said, is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and mostly he is right. The football season is a season that ends with only one team’s plans being ultimately reached, and for all the other teams the season is the journey and the journey is life, and the plans are scrapped with the condolence of some very exciting moments…
But very soon, and I believe with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at the helm, for once an Eagles season will be about a little more than the journey… it will be about the end of the journey…
the victory we’ve all earned.