Kristen: Thanks for setting the record straight, Mer. I shall inform mi padre of this the next time he speaks badly of your city which, the few times I have visitied it, I have greatly enjoyed. Especially this past summer when I drove down with, at the time, my boyfriend, his parents, his brother and his brother's girlfriend. It was the first stop on what would become a 3200 mile, three city (Philly, Tampa Bay, Atlanta) ballpark tour and Philly was easily the best part. Easily. I dug Citizen's Bank Park. Reminded me of Pac Bell or whatever the hell they're calling it these days. Except with a parking lot behind center field and not the bay. But I dug it. I especially dug the fact that it was $1 hot dog night. And I saw David Bell hit for the cycle. And everyone in the park knew it. It was awesome.
Also, I hope that I will not get beaten up for saying this, but the Philly Phanatic rocks the socks off Wally.
Beth: You know, I think that "Baby New York" commercial diid Philly a great
disservice in Boston. I think NE fans want to kick Philly's ass purely
as revenge for NESN's incessant airing of that awful, awful spot.
Kristen: That and the fact that they WILL NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT on WEEI. Perhaps the problem is my need to listen to EEI despite the fact that it oftentimes
makes me want to reach through the radio and strangle someone.
"Pretzels." Besides, I like pretzels.
Mer: This morning I bought a plane ticket so that I could spend Super Bowl weekend in my hometown. Recently I blogged that there is nothing like being in Philly during a playoff run. I can not wait ti experience Philly during a Super Bowl run.
And yes, while I am there, I will ingest as many Philly soft pretzels as humanly possible. They are the greatest creation ever.
Beth: I've done a little reading, checked on PhiladelphiaEagles.com into a few player bios, etc. Checked Trotter, Kearse and McNabb. I like Trotter the best, I think. Probably because of his intensity (which was evident in the game vs. the Falcons), probably because it seems I have a weakness in general for guys who wear No. 54. Interesting also that Trotter was the "prodigal Eagle"--in Washington for 2002 and 2003 after being drafted by the Eagles in 1998.
That said, I know how much I yell back at the screen when national commentators try to talk about MY teams, so I don't want to take any media word for what the Eagles are like. Of course, I ALSO don't want to reveal my own utter ignorance about the Eagles and the NFC in general--this year I was too worried about the Steelers and Colts to pay much attention to any team in the other conference until we were playing one. Now we are.
So, swallowing my pride, I want to ask you some questions, Mer, that have come to my mind thinking about the Eagles. I hope you don't take it personally that I don't know much about your team.
1. What is a multimillionaire football player doing owning a carwash and a hair salon? (Trotter.)
2. What is Andy Reid's general personality like? I noticed on the website he said something cheesy about Kearse being a "fastball to throw at the offense". Is he cheesy in general?
3. Would you say the Eagles are an offensive-minded team, a defensive-minded team or a multidimensional team? How well do you think they match up with the Patriots?
4. What is up with McNabb and his mom?
Mer: 1. Yes, a carwash and hair salon are odd choices. All I know is that Trotter graduated with a business degree and has plans to actual make a living when his playing days are over, which I find to be comendable. I read an article a long time ago that mentioned something about Trotter wanting to get into the construction and/or real estate business when he's finished playing.
2. Andy Reid. He's a lovable guy that the players all respect and have publicly said there's no one else they'd rather play for. But, at the same time, he's tough. If you're out there giving 95% and he knows you can do better, he's going to be hard as hell on you. This is why he is so well liked in Philly. Outsiders questioned what the fans would do to Reid had the team lost another NFC Championship. I have to believe they would have stood by him. I'm not sure there's anyone in Philly who doesn't love Andy Reid.
He loves coaching with a passion, and that shows in his attention to detail with the gameplan. It also shows in the way he treats his players. He's a funny guy with a sense of humor. Sometimes the jokes are cheesy, but the bet he made with TO regarding the tights - that's typical Andy Reid.
He frequents restaurants by the neighborhood I grew up in, and I've had friends serve him on several occasions. I've never heard anything other than he's a fantastic guy.
(I've got to dry my hair. More answers coming. Sorry for the choppiness. My free time is so limited right now...)
Beth: Another Eagles question:
What's with the song?
Kristen: I have another question. The T.O. "Will he or won't he?" thing is all over the Globe and the Herald and they won't stop talking about it on WEEI so I guess I'm wondering if, from a Philly fan's perspective, you're already tired of hearing about it. And, is this a function of there being two weeks between the championship games and the Super Bowl so people are digging for stories?
Also, are people hoping he comes back or worried that if he does, he'll be ineffective? I'm really curious. I just figure that everyone else is talking about it, I might as well ask. Enlighten me, Mer.
Mer: What's wrong with the song? Let me tell you - right now, the one
thing I am looking forward to is being in a packed bar in downtown Philly
with a cold beer in my hand (yuengling, obviously) singing along to the
eagles fight song with a bar of crazy drunk people. I can't wait.
fly eagles fly
on the road to victory
Beth: I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, Mer. I'm just wondering
where it came from. how it got started, etc.
Mer: ooh, the history? No one knows for sure. It's been around for ages (since
the 40s, most think), but strangely, there was a long time where no one sang
it. It resurfaced when Andy Reid/Donovan McNabb came to town. Now it's
probably as popular as ever.
The E-A-G-L-E-S - EAGLES part at the very end was added onto the song semi-recently. In the old days, they were two separate entities. I remember being on a plane to Miami when I was super young. The Birds were playing in Miami that Sunday, so loads of Eagles fans were on our plane. They were all drinking, and were repeatedly screaming E-A-G-L-E-S - EAGLES!!! AT one point, the pilot had to come on and ask them to settle down.
Lately, I've found myself singing the fight song when I'm alone in my car on the way home from wrok. It's quite sad, really.
Beth: You do realize how much NE fans are going to make fun of the E-A-G-L-E-S chant, don't you?