The big day is finally here, with the NFC Championship Game mere hours from kicking off in Philadelphia proper, the first time the conference title battle has been at The Linc since … well, not that long ago. You might remember. 2018? Vikings? All-day party? Eventual Super Bowl win?
It was the kind of spectacular Sunday that can galvanize an entire community, uniting them in an all-out celebration in the name of civic pride.
Or, if you’re a Huge Loser, an Eagles-49ers game for all the marbles is an embarrassing thing to “orient your whole day around”.
Several hours before kickoff, Sunday’s Twitter Main Character has already emerged in the form of Atlantic writer Shadi Hamid, who opened up a completely unnecessary can of worms in an effort to prove his own mental superiority.
You see, Hamid isn’t concerned with silly things like goofy little costumes or mechanisms of joy. He’d rather our society focus on the only things that are important — like, for example, political modeling, which has never been wrong. He thinks “a lot of people wearing Eagles jerseys” on this otherwise beautiful day is a stain on the city. Why don’t you head over to Twitter and tell him what you think, Philly? He’s probably open to the conversation and not dismissive at all!
Writer for The Atlantic tells Philadelphia they should stop wearing Eagles jerseys for NFC Championship
“I’m in Philly and a lot of people are eating Cheesed Steak. Maybe I’m a curmudgeon but I recommend a nice, healthy cucumber (unsalted).”
Imagine being a political analyst and being this out of touch with what helps build modern communities?
Let’s just follow Hamid’s advice and make the whole thing less of a shared experience. Only wear your jersey in private, friends! And while you’re at it, watch the game alone. Experiencing joy with your friends by your side is, uh, embarrassing and a little pedantic. Oh, and turn the lights off. Let’s make this whole thing about wallowing alone, if we can.
Luckily, Hamid’s tweet resulted in an historic ratio, as well as plenty of other Philadelphians calling him a dork.
Oh, word, dork?
But it gets worse.
Hear that, Philly? Focus on reading today. Zero in on entrepreneurship. No time to stress-eat pretzels while surrendering all control and putting your faith in a group of great athletes to put on for your city! Make that next, great invention and head to the Cheesecake Factory (and tell them to turn off the TV!).
Some folks like Hamid might have the type of brain that’s immune to the highs and lows of the peak of athletic competition. Guess that’s alright for him. Sadly, he’ll never know the joy and nervousness that everyone else around him is currently experiencing.
Must suck to be that lost in a crowd. Dork.