Thursday, December 25, 2014

Props for Eagles fans? Really?

Normally when we link to national sites that mention Eagles fans, it's for negative reasons.

Props for Eagles fans? Really?

Normally when we link to national sites that mention Eagles fans, it's for negative reasons.

They threw snowballs at Santa Claus... blah, blah, blah...they had a jail in their stadium... blah, blah, blah.

But a FoxSports.com list actually gives props to Birds fans, ranking the Eagles' faithful the top fan base in the NFL:

Some might call this biased, but the most passionate fans in all of sports are without question Philadelphia Eagles fans. They're cold-blooded and probably give KC a run for their money as being the loudest. They are by far the most knowledgeable fans in the league, and invented the perfect "boo." What cemented Philadelphia fans' reputation as the most amoral, loathsome collection in sports is famously called The Booing of Santa Claus. You would boo and throw snow balls too if Santa came out drunk in a half-done costume. Eagles' fans must deal with sports owners whose actions have not produced a champion in 25 years. The Eagles haven't hoisted a championship flag in 48 years, but the waiting list for season tickets is so long that you could sell out three stadiums full of Eagles fans for games.

The investigative team at MTC questions whether FoxSports.com is just reposting old content. You'll obviously notice that the write-up says Philadelphia sports owners have not produced a champion in 25 years, but we think the Phillies' brass might have something to say about that.

So it's quite possible that the Web site is just recycling material with a relatively slow period approaching before training camp, but it was promoted on their main NFL page so we thought we'd link to it anyway.

***

A follow-up to my post yesterday regarding the Eagles' running back situation.

** Some of you argue that the Eagles should have drafted two running backs in April's draft, but would that really have solved their problems? Wouldn't that just make for two running backs trying to learn the playbook, the blitz pickups, etc.?

** The argument that LeSean McCoy will not be able to block because he's too small is borderline ridiculous. Brian Westbrook is listed at 5-10, 203 pounds and often praised for his blocking abilities. McCoy is 5-10, 198 pounds. Not much of a difference there.

The other point here to address is that because McCoy wasn't a great blocker in college, he won't be able to pick it up in the NFL. These things don't always translate. Tony Hunt, for example, got on the field at Penn State because of his blocking, but that skill obviously did not carry over once he got to the Eagles. I'm not saying McCoy will definitely be great, but let's give the guy a chance to learn the skill before writing him off.

** And finally, some of you have asked about J.J. Arrington, who was signed and then released by the Broncos. Arrington is expected to have season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee so that's not really an option.

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