The 12th Man: Eagles vs. Patriots

What would football be without it’s fans? The answer is nothing. Football fans are some of the most passionate, rowdy, and craziest people you’ll ever meet.

With the Super Bowl set for this coming Sunday, it’s only right that we tackle one of the more burning questions.

Who’s got better fans, Philly or New England?

Both fans have their own unique reputation. Philly is Philly, man. Tough. Hard-nosed. That “don’t mess with me or I’ll mess you up” attitude. If you want to pick a fight with somebody, you’d better hope they aren’t from Philly.  Eagles fans hate when you refer to them as some of the trashiest fans in the NFL, but you can’t really argue with history.

During the 1968 season, a horrible one for the birds, fans booed and threw snowballs at a man dressed as Santa who was just trying to entertain the crowd. I don’t care who you are, you don’t boo Santa! Or how about in 1999 when Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin went down with a devastating career ending spinal injury and Birds fans cheered in excitement. Have some damn respect. Even Doug Pederson, the Eagles current head coach, said that during his playing days he used to get batteries thrown at him by his own fans!

Eagles fans sometimes lack impulse control and can be exuberant to the point of being dangerous. Look no further than when the Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship game a few weeks ago. Absolute anarchy occured in the streets of Philadelphia. Fights, Fires, and people riding on tops of cars. Honestly, if you didn’t know any better it would be hard to tell if the Eagles had won or lost.

Philly even had to grease street lights to prevent drunk fans from trying to climb them. As you can see, the grease was no match for these fans and their chants of “f**k that grease!”

 

Who’s got better fans, Philly or New England?

 

Both fans have their own unique reputation. Philly is Philly, man. Tough. Hard-nosed. That “don’t mess with me or I’ll mess you up” attitude. If you want to pick a fight with somebody, you’d better hope they aren’t from Philly.  Eagles fans hate when you refer to them as some of the trashiest fans in the NFL, but you can’t really argue with history. During the 1968 season, a horrible one for the birds, fans booed and threw snowballs at a man dressed as Santa who was just trying to entertain the crowd. I don’t care who you are, you don’t boo Santa! Or how about in 1999 when Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin went down with a devastating career ending spinal injury and Birds fans cheered in excitement. Have some damn respect. Even Doug Pederson, the Eagles current head coach, said that during his playing days he used to get batteries thrown at him by his own fans!

 

And then there’s New England fans. People love to hate on Patriots fans and sometimes I just don’t get it. Maybe it’s because they think the Pats cheat. Bring up deflategate around a Patriots fans and you’ll hear all about how Goodell has it out for Brady. Or maybe it’s because they’re just jealous of all the Pats success. 17 straight winning seasons and 5 Super Bowl victories in that span. I’m gonna go with the latter. I think fans have grown envious of the Pats having a duo like Brady and Belichick. Yeah, I get that Pats fans can be incredibly aloof and arrogant, but can you blame them? When you’ve had the success they’ve had, you’re sort of allowed to walk around with that superior attitude that you are better than everybody. Pats fans dismiss the notion that any team could dare compete with them. With their success in mind, it does seem like some Patriots fans come out of the woodwork.

Nevertheless, to both sides, your team is in the Super Bowl and that doesn’t happen too often so enjoy the hell out of it. Philly fans, chug that beer. Punch that table. Start that fight. Pats fans, sit as high you can on that horse and keep reminding everyone how good you are. The only time I’d advise against going all out would be if the Bills made the Superbowl. Bills Mafia is WILD, that could be dangerous.

 

On Sunday the Eagles will be searching for their first Super Bowl victory while the Patriots will be looking for their sixth. With these two teams and the fans who back them geared up, Sunday should provide plenty of fireworks both on and off the field.

Personally, I’m rocking with the Pats. Who you got?