I haven’t written up a fanpost in a while, but I thought this deserved some sort of forum, and I hope some people here agree.
I’m not from Philly. I’m not a fan of other Philly sports teams, I don’t get Philadelphia news, and prior to discovering BGN I got most of my Eagles knowledge from ESPN on TV, Yahoo!, and simply by watching the games. I’ve never really taken the time to read the comments on other Philly blogs and Philadelphia news sites, so I guess I’m a little sheltered in that regard.
Recently I read some comments on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s site as well as those from a few others, and it really makes me appreciate what we have here at BGN. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that reading these comments helped me to better understand exactly what it is that makes this blog so great – we’re optimistic.
Obviously we’re not all optimistic all the time. We’ve got the Eagladelphias, MG77s, EvilBanners, and (sometimes) d-jacks and KByars to keep this place balanced. But so many of these other sites are gloom and doom – retardedly so. It seems like 90% of our fanbase is leaking brain matter out of their ears when I read these other sites; comments like “Vick can never win,” “Andy never runs the ball and that’s why we’ll always suck,” and “every rookie we’ve ever drafted sucks!” I’m not saying that none of that is true – in fact, it probably is. But the constant negativity sucks balls.
BGN is, on the whole, an optimistic blog. Even when times are rough, we have faith in our team. Being pessimistic in the world of Philly sports is usually a safe bet – the people who say we’re never gonna win the big game have been right for a long time. The people who say Vick will never win in the playoffs have been right so far. People who are negative can almost always find a way to make themselves sound right, even when they’re wrong. Being pessimistic means having the enjoyment of almost always being right.
But is that really worth it? How much joy is there in being right about our team being awful? How much fun is it to rub it in peoples’ faces when we lose a game? How great is it when the defense blows a fourth quarter lead, “proving” your point that Vick is a choke artist? Is it really satisfying at all? At some point “being right” has to take a back seat to being a devoted fan and really loving one’s team.
It’s hard to be optimistic sometimes. This team has put us through shit all year, and if we’re gonna be frank about our situation we’re probably looking at another big letdown over the next week or two. It’s gonna suck, because this team that we all care about so much is going to let us down. It’s happened all year and, some might say, it’s been happening for decades. Being optimistic means being wrong and taking a lot of shit from other fans. But god dammit I can’t imagine being pessimistic about this team. Even when shit hits the fan I can’t hate – I can’t doubt. I know things have to change, and I know there’s blame to be passed out, but at the end of the day I still hope and believe that this team will accomplish greatness. If I ever let go of that belief then I hope I stop rooting for this team, because cheering but not believing – not wanting to see greatness and wanting to give credit where credit is due – seems like a hollow way to support this team.
This post isn’t an indictment on anyone here. I believe that 98% of BGN consists of the truest, strongest, most informed fans the Eagles have. I just wanted to give thanks to this community and to remind people that the positivity and common sense of this blog is what makes it so great. No matter what happens with the Eagles this year, I know that the BGNers will stick with it and come back just as strong and foolishly optimistic next season, believing in this team that often gives us little to believe in, because BGN knows that believing is better than always being right.