Frustration..Passion..Racism..Understanding Eagle Fans

Kwame Fisher-JonesContributor IIIJanuary 16, 2010

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 15: A fan of the Philadelphia Eagles cheer for their team against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on November 15, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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"What I stand for speaks for itself, they don't understand."

Nas, "One Mic"

Seven days have passed since the debacle in Dallas and the Delaware Valley is still seething. After a third loss to the Cowgirls an irrational response was expected the next day. Then by Monday the fans would see the season for what it was, and be excited for next year. Even the must diehard fan had to see an offensive line that never jelled, a secondary that never trusted each other, and a linebacking core that was being held together by a wing and a prayer.

Nah, not in Philly and not when it comes to them birds. A whole seven days later the wounds are still fresh and the irrational comments are still being shared. Which begs the question "why are you so mad?"

Truth is, some Eagle fans are not mad, they are the passionate ones. Through their passion they still look at things logically and sensibly. The passionate fan remembers Brad Goebel, Jeff Kemp, Bubby Brister, Mike McMahon, and everyone's favorite Bobby Hoying. The passionate fan sees a quarterback who HAS won big games and sadly has lost big games, but is still one of the best in the game today. A quarterback, who until now, never had true weapons to fight with. Lastly, the passionate fan sees an offense that at last has gamebreakers at each position and once, not if, but once the offensive line comes together that side of the ball will be unstoppable. This makes up about 40% of the Philadelphia Eagle fanbase.

This brings us to the frustrated Eagles fan, who is 50% of the fanbase. We have all seen the frustrated fan, he is the man who still wears the Philadelphia Stars hat. You know money, the cat who complains about any and everything. He leaves comments about articles under alias names. When things are going well he complains and when things go bad he rants. All he wants out of life is to be miserable and eat TastyKakes. Everyone is a bum and everything is a joke. Unfortunately, these "gentlemen" are all the media and players hear and see.

Their frustrations mount from life's misery and are joined by the Eagle's shortcomings. They are frustrated because their boss is a jerk, their wife is a nag, and Comcast's prices are too high. This fan will never be happy and it is easier to complain then it is to compliment for Joe from Fishtown. This is the guy who throws batteries, who hits people in the stands, and boos red lights.

Finally, the racist, you know who they are and you know who you are. You probably will not read this article for obvious reasons. Yet, you will spew your commentary and say it is just a fact. They will take isolated situations and try to suggest they are common occurrences. They refer to athletes as monkeys, bloods and crips, inmates, and say that is not racist. This group makes up the final 10% of the fanbase.

This introspective view of the Eagles fanatics should give you a little better understanding as to why Philly fans do what they do. Keep in mind, however that some things are unexplainable.