It’s OK. Let it out.
After the Eagles won their first Super Bowl on Sunday night, tears are being shed by men everywhere. Not just by sportswriter Ray Didinger, who got a bad case of the sniffles early Monday morning on Eagles Postgame Live. But everyday guys — dads, grandfathers, fathers who lost their fathers — getting gooey over a win they’ve been waiting for all their lives.
We’re here to tell you, though: Real sports fans cry. And it’s not just a new phenomenon.
Philly fans Kevin Farnham and Bryan McKernan, who were in Minneapolis on Sunday for the game, remember crying in 1980 when the Eagles lost to the Raiders.
These fans are chillin in Starbucks, waiting for the security line to open. Kevin Farnham and Bryan McKernan are high school friends who remember crying in 1980 when the Eagles lost to the Raiders. Not this time, they say pic.twitter.com/N9aB1j03zt
— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) February 4, 2018
Still, we seem to be seeing a little more of it, a little harder, since Sunday night.
i am ugly crying
21 years of my life
13 since the last super bowl berth
58 since our last championship
83 years since the eagles came into existence
and finally, in 2018
i love you all, even cowboys fans tonight
— PlayOnSunday (@play_on_sunday) February 5, 2018
But we hear you.
The sports world hears you.
If any Eagles fans were crying yeaterday, I dont blame you. I’d cry if the Jets won the superbowl too 😭
— Bebo (@Papii_George) February 5, 2018
— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) February 5, 2018
Heck, even losers cry.
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Eagles fans streaming out of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium were noticeably misty-eyed, with adult men hugging each other and sobbing with abandon.
Fans were nervously biting their nails through the end of the game, and Eric Wyatt said he didn’t feel better until the fourth quarter strip-sack that nearly sealed the deal.
“That’s when I cried,” said Wyatt, of Philadelphia’s Queen Village section.
After the game, once the confetti had rained and the MVP award had been granted, it finally started to sink in: His Eagles were champions.
At the end of the game, tears still in his eyes, Wyatt said: “I feel like I’m on a cloud.”
The Eagles just won their first Super Bowl.
Feel free to join in, but do grab a tissue.
Staff writer Anna Orso contributed to this article.