I’m very fascinated about the near pathological passion that Philadelphia sports fans have for their teams. This weekend the Birds are playing their hated rivals “Americas Team”, the Dallas Cowboys. I went to a local Philly sports bar in the hopes of interviewing some Eagles fans about the upcoming game. I’ve written in the past about how I feel about Philly sports fans. It was with some trepidation that I went to Chickie And Petes on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philly and attempted to score some interviews with Eagles fans and find out why they thought the Birds would triumph over the Boys.
Eagles Fans Hard At It.
I was immediately disappointed because what appeared to be the majority of the Eagles fans were painted blue, wore animal skins and were carrying very long pointy sticks. There was no way any of that rabble was going to be able to elucidate to me how the Eagles were going to be able to beat the Cowboys.
In dejection as I was making my way to the exit, I came across two gentlemen that were well dressed, in a lawyerly sort of way, quietly drinking brandy discussing the stratagem for the upcoming game. I had stuck interview gold! Two Philly fans that could express themselves clearly and not just scream at me “Cowboooooooys Suck” as they picked and ate the lice from each others hair!
One guys name is Adam Regnery, the other Sean Dillon. I think they are lawyers or maybe even doctors because the two educated me on exactly why the Eagles will win this Sunday.
According to these two football prognosticators, Eagles head coach Andy Reid is a perfect 12-0 after a bi-week, absolutely statistically perfect. Both Adam and Sean made a big deal about Jason Babin and Trent Cole being back from injuries. Apparently Babin and Cole are both pro bowl defensive ends and were top free agent acquisitions . They both added that Tony Romo is prone to throw interceptions and that the Eagles have one of the best back fields in the NFL.
Adam and Sean while quietly sipping their brandy and smoking their Arturo Fuente cigars also told me the Eagles offense is very explosive and that running back LeSean McCoy is one of the best backs in the league.
Based on what these two gentlemanly football scholar’s were telling me, I assumed that the Eagles should be sitting pretty a 6-0 not 2-4. I asked them why the Birds have such a S**** ass record. In unison both calmly smiled and told me the following in a professorially tone:
Last years offensive line coach Juan Castillo is this years defensive coordinator. Castillo was using a “9 wide” defense which was not working that well. After “tweaking” the 9 wide, the defense is playing better. The short off season did not give the team much time to get into rhythm working with each other. Last weeks game against the “Skins” showed that the Eagles defense is starting to “gel” which is crucial because the offense has been scoring points but the defense has not stopped opposing teams from doing likewise.
I asked both if coach Reid’s head is on the chopping block. Sean believes that Reid will get “one more year”. Adam thinks that if Reid’s team does not “run the table” and make the playoffs…he’s gone. I thanked both for their lucid, concise and well thought out answers to my questions and hastily made for the front door before my luck ran out and I became impaled on a pointy stick.