The Philadelphia Eagles did a phenomenal job of manipulating the free agency waters this offseason.
They secured prized cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha and collected a whole bunch of other talent both on offense and defense. Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (via trade), Jarrad Page, Ronnie Brown, Vince Young. The list is almost endless.
You know what else is endless? The hate that is streaming in from all sides of the country against this team.
Ever since Vince Young muttered those magical words, "Dream Team," this team vaulted to the top of everyone's most hated list. But seriously, what did they do wrong?
They did a terrific job in free agency. That's it. They didn't tamper or collude (ahem, Miami, ahem), and they certainly haven't crowned themselves champions.
Aside from DeSean Jackson's holdout (that basically ended before it even began), this team has shown nothing but class and professionalism so far this offseason.
But you know what? Let them hate. Let them judge. Let them call the Eagles the new Miami Heat.
With a team like this, it doesn't matter what you call them. They will dominate you on offense with their breathtaking speed at every position. They will dominate you on defense with their stacked defensive line and their superb cornerbacks.
Do the Eagles deserve the hate?
If Michael Vick, Philadelphia's star quarterback and one of the most admired players in the league, has the mental toughness to overcome the hell he's gone through, then I am pretty sure he will have the mental toughness to overcome a few punks shouting at him on gameday.
The great thing about Vick? He really puts the team on his shoulders. However Vick goes, so goes the Philadelphia Eagles. Luckily for Eagles fans, Vick usually goes pretty good.
Last year, he put up MVP-worthy numbers, throwing for 21 touchdowns against just six interceptions, while in the meantime rushing for over 600 yards and nine touchdowns.
However, I'm sure the MVP was the furthest thing from Vick's mind this summer.
The only thing he sees is No. 38, Tramon Williams of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, intercepting his pass in the end zone to destroy any hopes the Eagles had of advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
Now, with this team, Vick is ready to unleash his full wrath.
Hate them all you want. Tell Vick that he's an evil person and that he doesn't deserve it. Tell them that they are all talk and no walk.
Just know, it'll make victory taste all the more sweet after they kick your ass.