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08 Feb 2018

Eagles Hosting a Super Bowl Parade for Underdogs Everywhere

Longtime readers will remember that I started at FO right around the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl in 2005, writing ruminations about Philly Fans and talking about the values of fandom I would impart to my toddler son.

Well, that toddler is taller than me now (and is a major Overwatch League fan, so there's that) and the Eagles are hosting a parade that I am not 100 percent certain I can reach (there are people practically hanging from the sides of the PATCO trains), so this is a good time to come full circle and share one last set of ruminations on the Philly sports experience. This time as more of a tent revival.

Stay safe, Philly. And enjoy the offseason, Football Outsiders gang.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 08 Feb 2018

17 comments, Last at 13 Feb 2018, 9:46am by dryheat

Comments

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by Pat :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:54am

Mike:

You were my favorite FO writer back then, and *not* just because you were an Eagles fan. Just... mostly because you were an Eagles fan, but you were a damn good writer too. Still are.

Still can't believe we're here. Enjoy the parade! Wish I could be there!

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:07am

Crowd comparisons to the Pope's visit make one thing clear: The Super Bowl is bigger than Jesus.

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by jds :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:31am

Yeah, but how are crowd comparisons to the inauguration.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:05pm

Much larger than Washington's.

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by young curmudgeon :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:20pm

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but, well, you know...

Mike, you're getting carried away. Your (long-suffering) team won a championship. It's great! My brother in law in West Chester, my good buddy from Gloucester, all the other Eagles fans are, and should be, delighted to be celebrating, and I'm delighted for them. But you seem to be trying to turn it into some kind of world-historical cosmic morality play or something...calm down! You can wax lyrical all you want to, but what essentially happened is that one group of athletes defeated another group in a contest that has been played over fifty times before and will be played again next year. Yes, there are admirable stories amongst the athletes on the victorious side...just as there are on the losing side, on the teams that didn't even make the playoffs, and on the team that finished in fourth place in a small college league. Similarly, there are, I'm sure, individuals of less than sterling character wearing the green uniforms just as there are in any sizable group of humans. Does the Eagles victory "give hope" to fans of other semi-downtrodden or genuinely downtrodden teams? Yes, and those fans are free to find hope. But to find more, to find an overarching demonstration of the benevolent nature of the universe or the ultimate power of karma or a guidebook on how to live your life, is just reaching. Go to the parade, rejoice with your fellow fans, but step away from your keyboard and take a deep breath before you try to inflate a Super Bowl championship into a transcendent event.

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by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:07pm

agrered. life will go on. m. tanier will nto get puppies to play with or soft pillows to roll around on. fun for him that tema jhe roots fo won but nothing magical will happen now. if some Eags fans get hope and happiness, that is cool.

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by young curmudgeon :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:58pm

If Raiderjoe is with me, who dares stand against me!!

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by mathesond :: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 9:46am

Oh no! A football fan is having fun! How dare he!

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by herewegobrownie... :: Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:08pm

Agree - I was at the Cavs 2016 parade and find it silly to downplay celebrations of this level.

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by Jerry :: Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:36am

Curmudgeon's point, which I agree with, is that the celebration of the Eagles' championship, like the Cavaliers, or the Astros, is a wonderful thing for the fans of the team and city. But trying to attach deeper significance to any given championship is ultimately a fool's errand. Someone, possibly even the Eagles, is going to win the Lombardi Trophy next year, too.

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by dryheat :: Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:46am

Today's piece, about how the diaspora of Eagles coaches are going to revolutionize the coaching industry, is even worse.

I like Mike -- best NFL scribe in the business IMO, and I'm very happy for him as an Eagles fan for a long-awaited championship to celebrate, but can't it be enough that the Eagles were the best team in the NFL this year? They didn't invent anything, or revolutionize anything. They were just the best team in 2017-2018.

I kept wanting to throw up in my mouth with every paragraph. It reminded me of nothing so much as that Packers fan clown who showed up here for a month after the Packers beat the Steelers, and kept posting that the Packers were revolutionizing the game of football, that this was the dawn of a new era, and that there was positively no way they weren't winning at least the next five Super Bowls.

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 2:21pm

You are correct, sir. Philly hosted a Super Bowl Parade that only Philly could host with stabbings, an assault on a police officer, and other collateral damage.

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by mathesond :: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 4:48pm

True, in no other city have incidents like that ever happened.

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 5:14pm

A quick check of some other Super Bowl parades notes no such nonsense reported.

Denver
Seattle
New Orleans

I could keep looking, but I'm not going to waste more time on snide comments made with no research. If you have evidence on other Super Bowl parades to the contrary, please submit it.

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by ssereb :: Sat, 02/10/2018 - 11:24pm

I don't have a link but there was definitely a stabbing in Baltimore (at or near the Howard Street McDonald's, if I recall correctly) during the Super Bowl parade five years ago.

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by ssereb :: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:01pm

It's a real tragedy that the parade was not, like most things in life, a stoic march toward death.

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by JohnxMorgan :: Thu, 02/08/2018 - 7:13pm

A young man said to me:
I am interested in the problem of reality.

I said: Really!
Then I saw him turn to glance, surreptitiously,
in the big mirror, at his own fascinating shadow.

-DH Lawrence