As Philadelphia Eagles fans, you have to chuckle about this one.
As hilarious as this may be to some, the Philadelphia Eagles were the victims of a very pathetic troll attempt by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though this is probably one of those things that should roll off of someone’s back like water off of a duck’s, this one’s too intriguing. Why?
Outside of Tampa’s run under Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden pulling an already-baked cake out of the oven and sliding the icing on top with a Super Bowl victory in the NFL’s 37th, there isn’t much worth mentioning about this team other than bad things. Even still, they’re apparently hosting or have already hosted a watch party for their victory over the “Birds” in the NFC Championship Game that was played at the end of the 2002-2003 season. Who knows which one.
Does it even matter? Get this though. They even invited members of the Philly media to watch.
It’s cute, but it’s pointless and probably not a can Tampa wants to open. Just for the sake of good fun and argument, let’s take some inventory on a team whose story began with 26 consecutive losses. That’s still an NFL record if anyone is wondering and some say a record that will never be broken.
Philadelphia Eagles fans would like Tampa fans everywhere to know that the NFL is like playing chess, not checkers.
Thinking of the “Yucks” makes us think back on those creamsicle jerseys and the pirate that was winking on the helmet. You know the one, the guy with the blade in his mouth. Sure, Doug Williams was there, and so was Steve Young. No, wait. They left. We’re trying here, but when you think about it, there isn’t much to talk about.
Philly leads the former “Yuckaneers” in championships by a total of four two one. Both have one Super Bowl. The Eagles lead the all-time head-to-head series by a 10-9 mark. The postseason head-to-head tally is tied at two games apiece. Still, even with that being said, sure, Philly lost to the Bucs in a 1979 playoff game. Tampa did indeed shut Veteran’s Stadium down with a loss, but that was over 17 years ago.
Since then, the “Birds” have won seven division titles, ten playoff games, and that aforementioned Super Bowl while the “Yucks” have evolved back into their old selves to recapture their lack of glory. Their only two division titles since their lone Super Bowl victory have both led to unexplainable and embarrassing losses at home in the NFC Playoffs.
Tampa is also one of seven NFL franchises that haven’t notched a single playoff win since that run they made to close the 2002-2003 season. Ask most fans, and they’ll probably tell you that they’d rather their team would have had the Eagles’ track record than the one from those guys from Florida even if it includes that loss in the final game ever played at “The Vet”. With that being said, what are we debating again? Cue the crickets. This one falls on deaf ears.