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Live From Philly: The RV's Are Out


The Giants are down. The Eagles are wounded. The Redskins are on the rise. A win tonight--in arguably the most important football game in world history--plus a win next week (when Dallas plays at Chicago), and the Skins head into the bye undefeated with a good chance at first place in the division. Expect a special section in The Post. To commemorate this day of maximus optimism, I'll be spending most of it in the Philly parking lots, mingling with our green-clad anti-American friends.

The RV's are here, in abundance. Plus the green painted school buses. Eagles fans are apparently big on school buses.

I'm parked in the shadow of an RV blasting the MNF theme music, alternating with Johnny Cash. A few spaces away is the vehicle from OneCrazyFan.com. Crazy. In front of me are some guys playing beer pong. Figure 10 or 12 more hours of that, and they should be in a good mood to discuss the Redskins' march to the Super Bowl.

In the meantime, some observations about Philly fans, based on sports talk radio.

1) They like porn. I've listened to SportsTalk 980 for a long time but I don't remember many porn ads. Less than an hour with Philly sports talk radio gave me an ad for "Excitement Video," which was extremely excited, and also at least one ad for a gentlemen's club, urging guys who were out for the game to take advantage of their night of freedom. You stay classy, Philly.

2) They like baseball. The 10 a.m. show began with literally 26 minutes of Phillies talk before arriving at the Eagles game. They were calling today "Sweep Day and Game Day." The day a Washington sports radio show spends 26 minutes on baseball before getting to that day's MNF Redskins game is the day Tom Boswell officially nominate Jim Bowden for sainthood.

3) They like tastee cakes. The radio hosts wished an 80th birthday to some sort of crumpet, I believe. On this point, I cannot disagree with Philadelphia.

4) They like optimism. The early show (with Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti) closed with a 38-10 Eagles prediction, and a promise to be "back tomorrow to talk about a great Eagles' win." The mid-morning show (with Anthony Gargano and Steve Martorano) included this bit of analysis: "it's gonna be Philadelphia and Dallas in that division." Silly, silly optimists.

5) Speaking of which, the Flyers' 2007 motto is apparently "Back With a Vengeance." Yee-haw.

6) Baltimore sports talk radio, on the other hand, carries all the breath-taking excitement of a Kyle Boller incomplete screen pass. I very nearly gave up my allegiance to the medium and switched over to Laura Ingraham while listening to Ravens' fan discuss the merits of Jonathan Ogden's toe.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2007; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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