What's Eating Philadelphia Eagles Fans?

Leo PizziniAnalyst IApril 3, 2010

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders in the AFC-NFC Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 6, 2006 in Canton, Ohio. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 16-10. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Droves of antagonistic McNabbamaniac journalists have enjoyed sensationalizing the reaction of the Philadelphia Eagles' fanbase to their own (the journalists') widespread fabrication of rumors surrounding McNabb trades and the connected impending consequences that are allegedly beyond the comprehension of an Eagles fan.

First, I implore all reckless journalists to stop using this anonymous, "source close to the matter."  

I don't know that guy.

Andy Reid says, "we're listening to offers" and suddenly, Eagles fans are running McNabb out of town (as if we had a say).

And why did all the expert analysts skip right past the part when Andy said, "I'd love to have all three quarterbacks," and further, "... there's nothing [offers-wise] that makes me jump up and down."

It was all part of the same informal and impromptu interview that spawned infinitely unconstituted and misconstrued portrayals of the situation.

Instead of being called out for the reckless journalism that it is, it's become shame on the Eagles fan for wanting a Super Bowl victory and not being satisfied with contention.

Apparently Eagles' fans are not deserving and should not expect more than a playoff team. And apparently McNabb is flawless.

The media fails to realize that the Eagles have watched the Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants (division rivals with fans blended into our region) collect Super Bowl championships for the last 50 years while the Eagles have had them repeatedly slip through their fingertips.

The Sonny Jurgensen and Norman Snead debacle, Dick Vermeil's 1980 team, Gang Green and the Fog Bowl, and this most recent generation's misses have teased but not delivered.

McNabb bears their baggage.

I'm a McNabb supporter/defender and would love to see him win a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2010 or beyond, but it stands to reason that this team is retooling.

If they are retooling with younger players (and they obviously are), why would Eagles fans not want to see the young heir apparent at quarterback rather than lose him sight-unseen?

All of the icons from the Eagles' teams that these journalists refer to (basically the 2004 NFC Championship team) are gone with the exception of McNabb and David Akers. How do journalists and critics just bypass that reality as if McNabb was 25?

So here's a call for the media and bloggers to stop making up stories about trades so that you can preach a sermon to the lowly repugnant Eagles fan who just doesn't get it.

Because we get it fine, and we've heard enough from the media and armchair critics.

If the media must criticize the Eagles organization or express their opinions about Donovan McNabb, then so be it, but projecting a false statement about Eagles fans and the Eagles organization is pure trash talk. Particularly when all finger-pointing is based in simple conjecture and hearsay.

If you believe McNabb is loathed in Philadelphia, then I would ask you to walk with him down South Street and experience the reaction.

As a youngster, Santa Claus did not bring that guy in the stands a gift for Christmas. He was extra good all year and got ripped off. Santa got what he deserved and he remembered the guy the next year.

Time for youse to get over it, folks.

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