WHY TO CHEER FOR THE EAGLES OVER THE PATRIOTS
Not a fan of the Patriots or the Eagles? Is your team home for the offseason? Or are you looking for some confirmation on why your team is going to win/lose? Although a New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl seems to have two sides, many feel like there’s only one way to go. After reading this, there should be no more questions, no ifs, ands or buts about whether or not to cheer for the Eagles on the biggest Sunday of the year. Are you ready? Here are five reasons you should be rooting for the Birds in Minneapolis.
1. The Eagles are incredibly likeable
Although some of the fans behavior was inexcusable in the NFC championship, it brought a positive response that aligned with how the team has carried itself in 2017. With Wentz at the helm, the Eagles made it clear that they were not a selfish group. They stand together not only as a socially conscious unit but they are also a spiritually connected team. The Eagles are united through their faith as they face adversity. Malcolm Jenkins worked as a Pro Bowl player but was also involved in social activism. He met with local law enforcement and was campaigning for legislation and eliciting $89 million in charity donations from the NFL. Chris Long donated his entire year’s base salary to fund student’s education and Wentz spent time connecting with less privileged fans and providing for families in need.
2. Because who isn’t sick of watching the Patriots win?
No hard feelings against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the legacy they have built through their success. You can even question them in regards to videotaped hand signals and the deflated footballs. However, this is not the reason Belichick is the NFL’s toughest matchup on the sidelines. At age 40, Brady is an MVP candidate and they Patriots are looking the win their 6th Super Bowl title. There is no denying that their team is good and they have been for a long time, but there is hope for change.
3. Eagles have never won a Super Bowl
As we make a jump from discussing the Patriots’ hunt for a sixth Super Bowl win, there’s something extra special about a championship game featuring a team that’s never won it all, and we’ve seen it happen more than a few times in recent history, from the Chicago Cubs’ curse ending World Series win in 2016 to the Seattle Seahawks‘ historic blowout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. However, it doesn’t always workout for the team looking to claim their first championship victory but when it does, bringing home a Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history is something special.
4. The Eagles are the ULTIMATE underdog story
This year’s Eagles team alone makes for its own underdog story, and that’s probably an understatement. Here’s a group that finally found its next franchise quarterback only to see him go down with a season-ending injury — along with a Hall of Fame left tackle, a starting linebacker and a slew of other starters or captains — right as the playoffs drew close. Then they knocked off both the defending NFC champs and the Minnesota Vikings all with Nick Foles at QB. Now, continuing as the underdogs, Vegas is playing the label right into the Eagles hands by making the Patriots comfortable favourites in Super Bowl LII.
5. An Eagles win will restore hope for all
A 6th New England title would only remind us that it’s not a bad thing to have a 40-year old quarterback or a coach like Belichick. However, an Eagles title would be a victory for everyone. Not only would include a rare Patriots loss, but it would prove that the Eagles are exactly the kind of team every team should strive to be like. If Nick Foles, a guy whose lone Pro Bowl season was flushed down the toilet, can come back and win it all, anyone can have hope. If the Eagles can lose Wentz, left tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks and kicker Caleb Sturgis and still beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl after being the underdogs, anyone can have hope. In the end, this game is, has been and always will be about the team, not just the quarterback or the coach.