This week, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they would be honoring their 1960 NFL Championship squad this year, and will wear throwback Kelly green jerseys for the opening week game against Green Bay.
While the event was more pomp and circumstance than substance, it reminded people that it has indeed been 50 years since the Birds were league champions.
In a city that went a full quarter-century between championships, that might not seem like such a long drought—but now that the Phillies have made back-to-back World Series appearances and only two players remain from even the 2003 NFC Championship team (bonus points if you can name them without looking them up), it seems like an eternity.
But what’s in a championship? The Eagles haven’t won in a half-century, but they have been to two Super Bowls, were the winningest NFC team of the 1990s and have been, on the whole, a good franchise; counter that with say, the Florida Marlins, who have never won a division title but own two World Series trophies.
Depending on who you ask, prospects for this year range from dismal to dynastic. But fear not, Eagles fans; 50 years is a long time between titles, but it’s not the end of the world.
It could be worse—you could root for one of the following teams.