Donovan McNabb is a uniter
By Jason Woodmansee
Jerry Seinfeld has an old bit where he says that loyalty to any one sports team is hard to justify -- the players move around, the team can move - we’re basically rooting for clothes. And if a player moves to a new team, we’ll boo them for wearing the wrong clothes.
Donovan McNabb seems to be bucking this trend. Remember the guy who got kicked out of Eagles training camp for wearing a Redskins McNabb Jersey? That guy was just ahead of the curve in the conflicted Eagles fan demo. It starts with the fans at the Linc giving McNabb a standing ovation when he was introduced. Sure, they went back to booing him during the game, but Philly fans boo everything during a game -- players, refs, random paper wrappers floating across the field - so that’s not unexpected. But to actually cheer something, that’s special. McNabb holds every conceivable passing record and took the Eagles to their only Super Bowl appearance in the last 30 years. It’s no surprise that Eagles fans are a bit confused on how to handle things.
This includes the famous fans as well, such as Philly icon Charles Barkley who wore a Redskins/McNabb jersey to the game and stated “I’m a Redskins fan now.” Pennsylvania Governor and Eagles Superfan Ed Rendell fawned over McNabb in this blog. He said he was still rooting for the Eagles, but who believes what politicians say?
Another example is my cousin. She moved to Allentown, PA, married an Eagles fan and had a couple of Eagles kids. She grew up in Syracuse, so they were also Donovan McNabb fans. This has caused some family stress over the years (not to mention the fact that my brother is a Cowboys fan, but that’s an embarrassing story for another day). So, my cousin and her family faced a dilemma when McNabb got traded. Her favorite team had dumped her favorite player who had played in her hometown. Should she root for the clothes? Nope, she went with McNabb.
All this puts Donovan McNabb in a unique position. He’s one of the few athletes that I remember that makes fans move past the simplistic “rooting for clothes” and allows them to root for What’s Really Important. Namely, rooting for the Redskins.
So, Eagles fans, look at this as an excuse to switch allegiances. You don’t have to be miserable anymore. You’ll have Super Bowl highlight films you can enjoy, and you can still root for McNabb. We’ll even let you get upset and rant a bit when he plays a bad half (but still pulls off the win). Come to the bright side. Stop rooting for the clothes. The ugly, green clothes.
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| October 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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