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Philly Tastes Agony


(By Kevin C. Cox - Getty)

For a certain segment of Redskins fan, just about ending the Eagles' playoff chances was an entirely worthy goal, one that took away the word "meaningless" from yesterday's win. There was definitely joy streaming off the faces of the chanting masses who mocked Eagles fans on their way out of FedEx. Well, joy, and snot. And bad words. Plus, two guys had liberated a massive Budweiser "Drink Responsibly" banner and were parading around with it above their heads.

And to make it all even better, there were some green-type guys who had been strolling around the concourse at halftime with homemade signs of their own, bearing all the Philly teams' logos, reading "City of Champions." Now that's good times. Sure, most of you hate the Cowboys more than the Eagles, but the satisfaction of keeping this particular city out of the playoffs is pretty acute: the Flyers knocked out the Caps a year ago, the 76ers beat the Wizards over the weekend, the Phillies title has Philly fans feeling cheeky, the Eagles' star player dismissed the Redskins after the teams' first meeting, and the fans threw eggs.

So to keep the good times rolling, here are some nuggets of agony from the Philly press. Obviously, we've had agony of our own 'round these parts, but it's a different sort of agony. The D.C. agony is a bit more laced with anger and disgust and a search for explanations and scapegoats; it's baking a cake made inedible by bad eggs, realizing it's nasty, throwing it in the trash can with a few expletives, and going to the grocery store to obnoxiously complain. The Philly agony is a bit more self-loathing and fatalistic, trending more toward despair; it's baking a bad cake with bad eggs, then forcing yourself to eat it, vomiting on the kitchen floor and flinging the upchuck at passersby while cursing the day of your birth. Anyhow:

* Of course, the receiver wasn't quite in the end zone when he caught the ball. Of course, the team straining to score was out of timeouts and had to watch helplessly as the final seconds ticked off the clock. We're talking about the Eagles here. How else do close losses end?

* The Eagles got what they deserved yesterday, every last shovel full. And they knew it, all of them, from coach Andy Reid on down. There was clarity in their disaster. They looked themselves and the playoffs in the mirror and they blinked. Nobody could even pretend to kid himself....They're better than this on paper, is what [Sheldon] Brown was saying. But he has been around long enough to know, even before the disaster that was yesterday afternoon. As he said, his honesty tinged with sadness, "Paper don't mean crap."

* I know that in 30 years, when my liver gives out, today is just one of many Eagles-related contributing factors. Hey, at least we still have the world [bleeping] champions... I say we let Charlie Manuel coach the Birds, can't be any worse than the Reid/Morninwheg cluster[bleep].

* Even with everything set up perfectly, this was still the Eagles, and that is still the mindset. Regardless of how well things are set up, disaster is just around the corner. Things never end well. When you think they're going to, it's just the Football Gods messing with your mind. For 25 years, this mentality was true for following all of the Philadelphia teams. But then the Phillies won the World Series. And we started asking questions like Will this change how we view sports in this city? And the answer is no, not until pitchers and catchers report at least.

* Ah, the pressure. Oh, the pain. Both proved too much for the Eagles' overwhelmed receiving corps in their 10-3 loss to the Redskins yesterday.

* Which Eagles team will show up next Sunday? At this point, it doesn't really matter.

* Redskins fans: Lots of empty seats at FedEx Field yesterday. Lots of pig noses, too. That's ugly both ways.... Jim Zorn: The guy who recently said, "I feel like the worst coach in America," managed to beat the Birds. It doesn't get much worse than that.

* With a playoff berth there for the taking, [Andy] Reid got back to his familiar balanced approach: He called passes as well as throws....He repeated the mistakes that lost one game against Washington and gave this must-win game away. Reid managed to make the self-proclaimed "worst coach in America" the second-worst coach on the field.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2008; 10:40 AM ET
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Comments

Philly gives no props to Plackemeier? Cmon! Time to get on the punter bandwagon!

Posted by: JDP_ | December 22, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

hey dan,

i thought you might be interested to check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5orlL3s161E&eurl

haha

Posted by: jasonma1 | December 22, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

this is an intersting nugget from philly:

FedEx Field taxes: The Redskins charge the media an outrageous $75 to use the Internet. That's more than my monthly Wi-Fi bill. I'll never make fun of the Eagles' Internet setup again. (Probably.)

dan, is this the norm for a sports team to charge for wifi access? is that a per game charge or for the whole season?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 22, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
Good assessment. I was asked by my philly friend (diehard eagles fan) about this rivalry question and here was what I said.

The skins are rivals with each NFC East team for different reasons. The Blood rivalry is Skins-Boys, for both history reasons, natural team identity reasons,

Posted by: alex35332 | December 22, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
Good assessment. I was asked by my philly friend (diehard eagles fan) about this rivalry question and here was what I said. He naturally thinks that the eagles are great, and will win the superbowl each year and fire McNabb and Reid every year and that there is nothing wrong with how Philly fans act in public.

The skins are rivals with each NFC East team for different reasons. The Blood rivalry is Skins-Boys, for both history reasons the skins tried to stop Dallas from getting a team, natural team identity reasons cowboy vs indian, they have had several big games that ended one another season they have a natural hate for one another.

We have a power city rival with NY, easy to argue that DC and NY are the most important cities in the US and that makes these games all the more fun.

Then coms the Eagles. Who's fans are just annoying white trash, and because they are so close the stadium invasion from one to another is a high risk.

By in large as a football fan I myself don't dislike the eagles as a team, nor the giants if they are playing a game that does not affect the skins best of luck to them. Can't say that about Dallas.

But Philly is hated and always will be because of their retarded fans.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 22, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

DC
I heard about that in the past, its a Snyder only thing from what I hear and its per game. I remember JLC B****ing about it way back when.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 22, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

As someone who was born in raised in the D.C. area but goes to college in Philadelphia, the description of the two cities' sports agony is 100% correct. Well done.

Posted by: sportzak | December 22, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Philly is over the whole World Series thing that fast, huh?

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | December 22, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

At least us "white trash, retarded" Eagles fans wouldn't let 15,000 Skins into our field, nor leave hundreds of empty seats during a home game.

Posted by: CMc62480 | December 22, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

At least us "white trash, retarded" Eagles fans wouldn't let 15,000 Skins into our field, nor leave hundreds of empty seats during a home game.

Posted by: CMc62480 | December 22, 2008 2:44 PM

ZING! You got us on that one. Who'd want the latter over the former?!?

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Dear CMc62480, you're right. The Linc will always be filled with Eagles fans. That's because your crap-hole city is filled with people that are born and bred in Philly. Let's be honest, NO ONE moves there if they have a choice. It's the same reason Steelers fans "travel" so well. Everyone is dying to get out of your state's two big cities (especially Pittsburgh). D.C. on the other hand is the bench mark for transience. We will always have a problem with other fans "invading" our stadium since the make up of the surrounding area is so diverse with regards to where people are originally from. The nature of the work here (government and military mostly) dictates that people will always be coming from and going to various places every 3 to 4 years here in MD/VA/DC.

Posted by: davekempson | December 23, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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