We were excited to watch the Eagles play this afternoon. There’s been a lot written about them this summer. Expectations were high. And, today the Eagles were playing patsies, The Jacksonville Jaguars.
On the first series, Nick Foles the unexpected, but apparent, savior of Philadelphia, looked very mortal.
Just like that it was 7-0.
Foles coughed it up again, was sacked five times and threw an interception as the Eagles were threatening. 17-0 at the half.
With no snowballs to throw, the stadium full of season ticket holders booed them to the locker room.
Helaine and I were dumbfounded, beside ourselves. “When does spring training start,” she wondered?
Fans are fans. If you’re one you understand. We watch the Phillies play, though their view of the rest of the National League is dim tail lights in the distance. We weren’t going to abandon the Eagles either. We’d be crushed nonetheless!
A different Eagles team came out for the second half. How is that possible? How can a turnaround be so movie script dramatic?
All of a sudden the Eagles were unstoppable. The scored 17 to tie it, then another 17 for good measure. Final score 34-17.
Via Instant Messenger¹, my buddy Bob in Florida typed, “clearly the best half time locker speech ever.”
Meanwhile, H and I were so invested in the Eagle’s season we were still emotionally distraught from the first half! It’s sort of crazy, isn’t it? To be that much of a fan?
It’s not a choice you make. It just happens.
¹ – My friend Bob and I are the last two people on AOL Instant Messenger. I remember when that was the Internet’s hottest property.