We’d all love to be part of the Lincoln Financial Field crowd, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles in each home game. For some Eagles fans, however, it’s not a possibility. I am one of those fans. As an “Eagle” abroad, living in the UK, my football watching experience is likely to be different to many of yours. During this blog, I’d like to take you “Outside the Iggles” and “inside the life of a UK Eagles fan”.
The life of a UK NFL fan can be tiring! Games start at either 5:30pm or 9:30pm on a Sunday night, with the “primetime” game kicking off at around 1am on Monday morning. This means that games, such as the Eagles at Dallas Cowboys in Week 17, which are flexed to primetime involve pulling an all-nighter! Great when you have work on a Monday morning!
Also, although the sport is growing in popularity, it is still a minority sport in the UK. The NFL is laughed at, as “rugby for wimps” and many comment about why players need to wear pads to play a sport. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve explained that the sport is not merely a contact sport, but a collision sport, where participants will hit each other with full strength on every play. Some people simply see pads and equate it with weakness.
As a UK Eagles fan, I’m immensely jealous of those fans living in Philadelphia. Having other fans to talk to, with the Eagles as a major part of your lives is a privilege that many other Eagles fans simply don’t get. It’s only through the world of these blogs and Twitter that I get to converse with other fans about the Eagles. Because of this, I’m proud to have been asked to write for this blog and share my views and opinions about the team.
This is an exciting time to support the Eagles. It’s an exciting time to write about the Eagles. The NFL is growing in the UK, the Eagles are on an upward curve with an exciting new coach and the team are moving in the right direction. Take pride in your Eagles and be thankful for the opportunity to follow our team so closely.