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Eagles Memory: Bleeding Green in Ochos Rios, Jamaica



I won't throw batteries at you or anything or even boo you if you don't choose this one, because I suspect you'll get better ones.  (Ahem, like Scotty's) Still, I think it's at least a little funny, and shows you should never be surprised where you'll run into Eagles fans.

I'm a die-hard Eagles fan living in York, PA.  My wife and I were married on December 29, 2001.  We spent our honeymoon at Sandals Dunns River in Ochos Rios, Jamaica.  On our first day there, the Eagles were playing the Giants in a game to decide the division title.  I was determined to not ruin my honeymoon by obsessing over the Eagles.  Still, as 4:00 rolled around and we were in our room getting ready for dinner, I tried to find the game on TV.  Of course, they got NBC but no FOX, so I was forced to track the progress of the game through the score ticker at the bottom of the screen.  This being an absolutely maddening way to "watch" a back-and-forth contest like this one, we went to dinner, and then returned to scoreboard watching in time to "see" the Eagles take a late lead and clinch the division title.  I did a quick E-A-G-L-E-S chant from our balcony, and thus ended my interaction with American sports for the rest of the week.  I didn't know till I came home a week later how close Ron Dixon came to scoring, and I'll always thank Damon Moore for saving my vacation.

On December 27, 2006, we went back to the same resort  in Jamaica for our 5-year anniversary.  Of course, this was 2 days after the Eagles' excellent, playoff-clinching win over Dallas on Christmas, and between the win and the much anticipated vacation, I was in a great mood.  This time, the Eagles would follow me to the Caribbean. The movie on the flight down was "Invincible".  I was wearing an Eagles hat and t-shirt, of course, and when we took a walk around the resort to see how things had changed since our last visit, I was accosted by a group of guys asking me to sing the fight song.  It turned out there were two huge wedding parties from Philly there at the same time, and they told us how they had basically taken over the resort on Christmas and made the Jamaicans re-aim the satellite dish so they could watch the game.

Later in the week, while relaxing after a day on the beach, i was able to watch a little of the Eagles-Falcons game, which the network cut away from when it was rendered meaningless by Dallas' embarrassing loss to the Lions.  It would have been a great trip no matter what, but the Eagles' big win over Dallas made it even better.