Once upon a time, Philadelphia Eagles fans were treated to an amazing game in New Jersey, courtesy of Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson.
If we decided we were going to pen a football movie, and the climax revolved around a game that wouldn’t really be an original idea. If we wrote said movie and added a twist, one where our heroes (let’s just imagine they included the Philadelphia Eagles, a star quarterback in Michael Vick and a speedy wide receiver in DeSean Jackson) were down on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, that wouldn’t be something we haven’t seen a hundred times either.
Here’s the thing though. Depending on how that one was written, it could be accepted by Hollywood or thrown out for being unrealistic.
Why do we love football so much? Well, there are tons of reasons, but one that sticks out is the fact that, on any given Sunday (or these days, on any Sunday, Monday or Thursday night), anything can happen.
Any movie buff can tell you, the NFL game evolves like a wonderful work of fiction. Watching a game is just like watching a great movie or television show. There are emotional roller coasters, complete with twists and turns, and on December 19th of 2010, all of the emotions were tested when the Eagles erased a 21-point fourth quarter deficit by putting up 28 points in the final frame versus the New York Giants.
Take a look:
Clip courtesy of the NFL’s official YouTube page
If that doesn’t get you going ladies and gentlemen, you may need to check your pulse. Ask yourself that same question again. Why do we love football so much? That answer may vary from person to person, but here’s something we can all agree on. In a world where entertainment is sought after, the game of football is truly the sports fan’s version of ‘reality television’.
We just happen to be dealing with real people, real moments and real emotions. The ‘Miracle at the New Meadowlands’ proved that. Fortunately, if you’re an Eagles fan the final emotion was elation while the Giants fan could only understand devastation. That last statement probably shouldn’t bother you if you like the guys in green.