Bleacher Report offers fans the opportunity to voice their opinions and say what is truly on their minds.
Unfortunately there are times when people throw opinions around and try to pawn them off as fact.
Sorry to say it, but such is the case when articles like this surface: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/419394-five-reasons-the-philadelphia-eagles-wont-win-a-super-bowl-anytime-soon.
To start things off, this author does not live in the Philadelphia area.
How can someone who is not from our area possibly have any clue what truly goes on?
It's simple: He probably listened to reports spewed by the national media, and says, "My goodness, these fans are worse than I can imagine."
Well clearly the imagination is not there since the stories people like this regurgitate lack any and all originality.
Now I know Eagles fans are not the best people in the world and I have ripped our own behavior in the past. But at least I have seen what goes on here and I have witnessed it firsthand. In all honesty, I can say whatever I want about my own, but no one else can.
Is it a double standard?
I just call it an unwritten rule. You don't make comments about something you are clueless about.
First he says we threw snowballs at Santa Claus.
Way to expose your ignorance to the story. Go look up the Santa Claus incident and find out what really happened. The fans actually booed Santa Claus and the story is actually pretty strange all the way around.
I won't finish the off story. Instead, I will leave that for the author who chose not to do research when putting together a slide about the Eagles fans.
Then he talks about how we booed Donovan McNabb.
This is funny on multiple levels.
Let's start with something basic: quarterbacks that don't win championships are booed throughout the NFL.
John Elway was booed in Denver before he won a title and Steve Young took a lot of heat in San Francisco before he hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy. Yet Eagles fans are criticized for giving McNabb the same treatment that every other quarterback has ever received in the history of the NFL.
The author then defends McNabb by pointing out his statistical accomplishments, but fails to mention the biggest stat of them all: 1-5.
Then he says the fans ran arguably the best player in franchise history out of town. The author says, "Not exactly how I would show my appreciation for 11 great seasons."
Stop with the hilarious commentary about what goes on in Philadelphia unless you want to look at what took place in Dallas back on February 26, 1989.
On that day Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry.
So is that how you show appreciation for someone who dedicated 29 years of his life to the organization, won two Super Bowls, and helped the Cowboys establish themselves as one of the premier franchises in the NFL and all of sports?
Please give me a lesson on how to properly send a player or coach off into the sunset.
He then goes on to say, "They may not realize this, but players notice the mistreatment Eagles fans give to their players. What player in his right mind would want to go to a place where he has just as good of a chance of getting booed at home as he does on the road? "
Wow. That was the initial reaction.
If a player is so scared to come play for the Eagles because he is worried about being booed than we don't want him here.
And please tell me what players you talked to in order to develop that theory. I'm pretty sure at the end of the day the Eagles have landed some of the biggest names in free agency despite how fans voice their opinions.
Want some names?
Asante Samuel, Terrell Owens, Jevon Kearse, Jon Runyan, Leaonard Weaver, Stacy Andrews, the list could go on and on. All of those players at one point were viewed as the best players available for their position in free agency and yet the Eagles were miraculously able to bring them to Philadelphia despite the potential of fans cascading them with boos.
It makes me sick that fans can just blindly throw around abysmal information about a fan base, but at least educated fans can post a rebuttal thanks to sites like this.