An interview with an Eagles fan
By Evan Bliss
In the spirit of mixing it up, this week’s pre-gamer is a bit special. I’ve interviewed an Eagles fan, a friend of mine (excluding Sundays) that is originally from Philadelphia: Jason Mattis.
I asked the obvious questions on McNabb, Vick, TheSean and OfSean, and the booing of Santa Claus, with the hope of understanding this peculiar relationship between team and fan.
EB: So the 64K Question: How will it feel seeing McNabb in burgundy and gold at The Linc on Sunday?
JM: It’ll be interesting, we still have a lot of respect for McNabb, there’s been a lot of hype, McNabb thinks he’ll be cheered, I know he will be. The players that are booed are the ones that left on bad terms. T.O. talked his way out of Philly, McNabb was on good terms, just couldn’t win a Super Bowl.
EB: Where do you stand on the Michael Vick issue? Everyone deserves a second chance, he shames our brotherly love city, or I’d never buy him dinner but I’ll let him win for me on Sundays?
JM: Umm, I’ve gone through all three feelings, but now, I’m feeling everyone deserves a second chance. He’s done a lot of community related stuff, put his time in to become a better person and quarterback, and I’m rooting for him. Last year, I was the biggest hater of the signing, but now I’m rooting for him.
EB: Can Michael Vick sustain his recent success, or is Kevin Kolb destined to start for the Iggles?
JM: That’s the question. I think he’ll sustain it this year. He’ll obviously have some lows this year, but I think even through those lows the Eagles are sticking with him, for at least this year.
EB: DeSean or LeSean?
JM: I like LeSean, he’s a little bit more articulate than DeSean. LeSean is underrated. The problem is, the Eagles haven’t convinced me that if they had Walter Payton that they’d be a good running team. But I think they’re both great players. I’d like to see LeSean get the ball more.
EB: Predictions on the behavior of your notorious fans on Sunday?
JM: I would be shocked if McNabb is not cheered, and honestly a little bit disappointed, McNabb deserves to be cheered. No one’s gonna throw batteries at McNabb.
EB: Are you more confident against the Skins this year than you were last year and why?
JM: Pretty confident going in. The Skins have not looked good this year, the running game hasn’t looked good, and the Skins just lost to the Rams. I’m still a McNabb fan, and that’s a pretty embarrassing loss, but I was still glad a divisional team got a loss.
EB: Cheering when Michael Irvin got injured I can understand, but booing Santa Claus?
JM: Dude, Santa Claus was drunk and he was a replacement. Did you see that Santa Claus? That Santa Claus was weak.
EB: Final score?
JM: 24-17 Eagles. Scores from Shady aka LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek, and DeSean for the Eagles. Cooley always has big games against us, and Donovan running one qb sneak for a score, Portis’ll get stopped at the goal line.
EB: Final question: What’s life like being the only NFC East team without a Super Bowl?
JM: (laughs sarcastically)
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