Monday, September 11, 2006
The Curse of Philadelphia
I attended Villanova University for four years in the Philadelphia suburbs. Our best football player since Howie Long (Brian Westbrook) was drafted by none other than the Eagles after my freshman year. I had to endure the hundreds of Eagles jerseys, flags, and hats adorned by entire families everywhere I looked on Sundays. I was forced to watch Eagles games (the only games televised) until I finally turned 21 and could get to a bar that would show a Giants game (which was only possible if they weren't playing at the same time as the Eagles).
The WORST part though- the Eagles made it at least to the NFC Championship game every single year I was there. FOUR years in a row. During this same span, the Giants were horrendous, leaving my Eagle fan friends with endless ammunition against me. The Eagles record while I was in college: 48-16, the Giants: 27-37. The one year the Giants actually made the playoffs was the 49ers debacle where we blew a 24 point second half lead.
I think the whole thing was really capped off for me my senior year when my intramural soccer team played a playoff game 7 against 11 because six guys from my team were at the freaking Eagles game. Now, my brother is a Freshman at Villanova and I have this terrible feeling that he might be in for it too. My family is almost as cursed by the Eagles as Philadelphia is with the inability to win any sports championship...yessss.
Interesting thing though...there are about 7 Patriots fans on my wing...all from Boston. I can't even talk football with them because all they say is "Tom Brady, 3 out of 4."
At least now the Giants are respectable and i think (pray to god) Westbrook's contract is running up? As of now, it seems like the fortunes for our family are turning...and who cares anyway? PHILLY WILL NEVER WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANY SPORT. I think thats why Philly sports fans are always so bitter (remember when they cheered Michael Irvin being carried off in a stretcher).
I saw Kevin Millwood's no-hitter with Mike in either '02 or '03 and the fans celebrated by absolutely trashing the field with every piece of garbage in the stands.
Don't forget about booing Santa Claus.
However, they do have Wing Bowl.
Can anybody offer their opinion of Wing Bowl? All I know is you have to wait in line all night but you see a lot of boobs.
FYI - Tom, it was the held during the idle week of the playoffs. The week inbetween the AFC/NFC Championships and the Superbowl.