The Philadelphia Eagles last won an NFL championship in 1960. But every September I still hope that this will be the year they do it again. And with the great crop of rookies the Eagles have assembled this year, maybe it will be. I keep hoping that one year I will be able to attend an Eagles' ticker-tape Super Bowl victory parade down Broad Street.
The earliest memory of my childhood is waking up as a little kid on Christmas Day 1960 and opening a little plastic box as the last gift under the Christmas tree. In that box were tickets for my Dad and I to attend the NFL Championship Game at Franklin Field the very next day.
I can remember my mother making us hot chocolate and putting it in a thermos. I can remember taking the bus that the local barber shop ran to the game. I can remember as a little kid fearing that I would never get the feeling back in my toes and fingers. I can remember adults standing in front of me so I had to stand up on the seat so I could see Ted Dean take the opening kickoff. And I can remember Chuck Bednarik making the last tackle of the game.
Twenty years later I was going through a very rough time in my life and I was suffering a bout of depression. But it was the hope that the Eagles had a shot at the Super Bowl that season that kept me going. And they did go to the Super Bowl that year.
Some years I have checked out on the Flyers or Sixers, but never the Eagles. You see, even if we go 2-14, it is still a great year if those two wins come against the Giants. We used to have the same feeling about the Cowboys when they were America's Team. But with only one playoff victory in the last 14 years, Dallas has not been worthy of too much emotion lately.
While there have been disappointments along the way, I won't discuss them in this article. There will be no balanced journalistic discussion here. Clearly, I am writing this from the heart as a fan.
This article will review the ten greatest moments of Eagles history. Please take a trip with me back on memory lane and enjoy them. I watched all ten of these moments, several of them live in the bitter cold.
This is why my winter coat is an Eagles varsity jacket.
This is why I wear an Eagles tie to the office after we beat the Giants, as we always seem to do.
This is why I am part of a group that Forbes magazine has called the "most die-hard football fans."
This is why Fly Eagles Fly is the ringtone on my iPhone.
This is why I am so grateful to be able to write about the Eagles here on Bleacher Report and have Eagles badges on my profile.
This is why I have the audio file of Merrill Reese's call of the DeSean Jackson punt return stored on four different devices.
This is why I have the TV version of the DeSean Jackson punt return stored on my iPad.
This is why my family knows not to even think about asking me to do anything with them when the Eagles game is on.
This is why an otherwise serious, mostly stoical, grown man shouts and jumps for glee every time we beat the Giants, and has a childish temper tantrum when we lose a close game.
This is why I sing the fight song when we score a touchdown, even if I am watching the game alone.
This is why I bleed green.
Fly Eagles Fly !