At the beginning of the football season, comedians Tracy Locke, an Eagles fan, and Donna Vaicels, a New York Jets fan, began posting short videos to Facebook about their love for their respective teams under the title “Girls Gone Green,” since both squads count green among their colors.
But when the Birds started doing well, Vaicels “transferred over to the Eagles,” according to Locke. The women began making silly song parodies strictly about the Eagles and their competitors prior to every game — and eagle-eyed fans have been watching.
Since mid-November, the Girls Gone Green videos have racked up more than 30,000 views on Facebook.
Prior to the Eagles’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the duo dressed in flannel and recorded a parody of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that included lyrics like: “Hey Seattle, can you hear us? 10 and 1 now, you should fear us!”
Before the Eagles played the Los Angeles Rams, the women recorded a piece to the tune of “Deck the Halls,” wherein they sang, “Deck the Rams into next season.” In the video they made after Carson Wentz was injured, the women prayed for a “Hanukkah miracle” and sang, “Eagles fans, oh Eagles fans, our season’s not over. Carson is hurt so let Nick Foles take over.”
Locke, who now lives in Verona, N.J., grew up an Eagles fan in Warminster, Bucks County. She remembers going outside to bang pots and pans with her parents after Eagles wins.
“I just assumed everyone banged pots and pans,” she said. “But I learned in college it’s a Philly thing.”
Locke is not just any armchair football fan. In the late 1970s, at age 7, she became the first girl to play for the Warminster Pioneers youth football team.
“People kept trying to talk me out of it, but I said, ‘I’m here and I’m not leaving,'” she recalled.
In the early 2000s, Locke joined the National Women’s Football League and played tackle football with the Connecticut Crush and the New York Sharks for four years.
“This was a lifelong dream for many of us who played,” she said. “We came out of the tunnel crying because these women loved football so much, and we were finally getting to play.”
Today, Locke lives just outside of New York City, in Giants country, and she’s dating and living with a Giants fan.
“We made an agreement that whoever’s team wins gets to put their flag up outside,” Locke said. “My Eagles flag has been out every week and his is in the fireplace, where it belongs.”
Locke said it takes about a day to write and rehearse each Girls Gone Green song. The comedians typically do so late at night, after their comedy shows.
“We do shows all over the country, and I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me about the Eagles videos,” Locke said. “It’s really fun for people who are from Philadelphia but now live somewhere else.”
Locke and Vaicels plan to do one song for every remaining game, including a “huge one” for the Super Bowl, which she is confident the Eagles will reach.
“I have this bizarre feeling that Nick Foles will come in and literally be St. Nick. I think St. Nick will be a legend in Philadelphia,” she said. “This city needs it. It’s that Rocky story.”
“I’m a huge Philadelphia fan because I feel that the team, like the city, has the biggest heart that I’ve ever met. I’ve lived all over the country and nothing feels the same as Philadelphia people, they just have a certain way about them that they may seem gruff on the outside, but they have huge hearts and a never-say-die spirit.”
What’s been a classic Philly moment for you?
“One of the classic Philly moments I’ve had is that my parents would take us to the Mummers Parade every New Year’s Day, and it would always be freezing cold. One year, we were standing next to a group of people and they had three baby carriages with blankets in them. The woman said to me, ‘Would you like one of these baby blankets?’ And I said, ‘I don’t want to take the baby’s blankets.’ And she said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ And she lifted the blankets and the carriages were full of beer.”
If you had a wish for the city, what would it be?
“A Super Bowl win. We need it as a city, we need that Super Bowl. There’s a renaissance in Philadelphia, it’s powerful to me. It feels like a place that’s on the rise. I think a Super Bowl win would be great for the morale of the city and the long-suffering fans that have waited forever for this.”
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