On today's "Playbook" show on the NFL Network, analyst Mike Mayock was commenting on Andy Reid and the Eagles and said: "I live in Philadelphia. We jump on and off the bandwagon quicker than any other city." That led co-host Brian Billick to chime in with a snide and sarcastic "Nooooo..." (as in: "ya think?")
The analogy didn't exactly fit with the rest of Mayock's comments other than it's negative tone. But it got me thinking about Eagles fans.
Sure Philadelphia has people who ride the bandwagon, but those are the fair weather fans that you will see in every city across the country. The casual sports fan, the elderly aunt, the closet Cowboys fan, etc. But those types of people are few and far between. The bulk of Eagles fans, which would make more sense to cite if you want to generalize us, are some of the most passionate and knowledgable fans in the country!
Anyone who lives in Philadelphia knows that Eagles fans, of the true variety, will never jump off the bandwagon no matter how horrid our team is. I'm talking about people who survived Norman Braman, Marion Campbell, and Rich Kotite - and that's only going back 30 years. In the past decade, I haven't seen anything that is even close to the those awfuls periods in Iggles history. Yet this "Philadelphian" states as fact that we lead the league in bandwagon movements. If we're still here after decades of frustrating endings and tenures, does he really think that Andy Reid's playcalling is going to force us to trade our jerseys for another team? Please.
If he seriously thinks that, then he listens to WIP too much. And hopefully the next time that station sends a busload of Philadelphians out of town somewhere, I hope he's on it and I hope he only has a one-way ticket.