10 Signs You Are A Diehard Philadelphia Eagles Fan

10 Signs You Are A Diehard Philadelphia Eagles Fan

Once an Eagles fan, always an Eagles fan, from generation to generation.

I love football. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved it. My brother played football and I was always there to cheer, as a cheerleader and a sister, for his team. It was something we bonded over. We'd go outside and play. He taught me to throw the ball with a perfect spiral. I still show off my football throwing skills, if I get the chance. Football isn't only in my family but it's in all of us, in every state. We all have our teams, but here in Philly...the Eagles are the shit. If you don't like the Eagles, you better keep your head down. If you do, here are 10 signs you are a diehard Eagles fan.

1. You know the fight song word for word.

I'm ashamed that I know this, but my brother would sing it so often I couldn't help but memorize the words. He always sang it loud and proud on game day.

If you hear someone else singing it, you join in and bond with each other over your love of Eagles football.

2. You know all the players and their history.

Carson Wentz got a thorough background check when he was drafted on the team. You know everything about him from his childhood, college, and even his favorite protein shake. You vet all players to make sure they are good enough to be on your team. If you don't like someone that gets drafted, oh boy, everyone will be talking about it. Your opinion of that shit choice will be KNOWN.

3. You plan your life around when the Eagles are playing each week.

If the Eagles are on then nothing else can be planned from the moment the game starts until the very end. You don't understand how people can have a party and NOT have the game on. Those monsters.

4. You wear green for every game.

You bet your ass you are in your favorite jersey. You wear that shit all around town, showing how proud you are and supporting your team. If someone has a problem they can take it up with you. You may or may not have almost tussled with someone because they said they didn't like the Eagles. You set them straight.

5. You have weird rituals and if you don't do them, you feel like you jinxed the team.

You have a ratty, lucky jersey that you always wear. Yeah, you could put that nice new one on, but the old one is LUCKY. They have to win if you wear it. Or you have to wake up on your right side and they will win. You have to sing the song exactly fifteen minutes before the game starts. Y'all have crazy ass rituals.

6. If they lose your whole day is ruined.

Oh my god. My boyfriend, my brother, and my Bob get SO upset when they lose the game. It affects them all day, and if you are a true Eagles fan it affects you too. But you know you still love the team and you'll be rooting for them again at the next game!

7. Sports radio is the ONLY thing you listen to during football season.

Sports radio keeps you updated and when you are in the car it's the only station that's on. And if you happen to be in the car while the game is on, you bet your bottom dollar that it's being streamed into your car. You won't miss a SECOND of the game so help you, God.

8. You only go on Bleeding Green Nation when surfing the web.

You spend hours on this site. It's the only site that matters because it lets you bond and stay informed with your beloved team.

9 The Cowboys are the ultimate rivals.

If your friend supports the Cowboys, you begin to rethink your friendship. If you do decide to stay friends you send them "WE WON!" texts every time the Eagles destroy the Cowboys...which isn't all the often.

10. You yell at the T.V. the whole game because HOW DID YOU MISS THAT!?

Eagles fans are easy to rile up and man, when the team starts losing, look out because y'all get HEATED. I learned to stay out of the storm when shit goes down.

Other teams football brings people together. Eagles football bonds you for life. Once an Eagles fan, always an Eagles fan, from generation to generation.

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The Universal Love Of Soccer

Wrapped up in the beauty of a sport.

As a kid, I remember my parents signing me, along with my older siblings, up for a recreational soccer league. They enrolled us in a multitude of different activities as well, from dance to tennis to martial arts. But little did I know that I would later find myself coming back to soccer in my middle school years where I played for about two years on an Athena A travel league, and would later find myself in high school not being able to go a week without kicking or at least juggling the ball for a couple of minutes a day. Even though I no longer play for a competitive travel league and have instead picked up a passion for running, I still find myself loving the beauty behind the sport itself. If you’ve never played the sport before or are on the verge of giving it a try, these perks of the sport prove that soccer is the world's language for people of all ages and is mending the world's diversity through the love of one simple team sport.

1. Location is never an excuse.

When it comes to playing a game or just playing by yourself, you can pretty much find anywhere to kick. Other sports, like tennis, have to be played in its specific location -- on a tennis court -- and although some sports can technically be replicated in other areas, it’s not the most fitting as soccer is in just about any place. I remember being on vacation in Mexico one summer, and playing soccer with complete strangers who I’d never met before, on the beach, using random sticks we found to create markings for two goal posts and kicking barefoot on the sand. Whether it’s in the middle of the street in your neighborhood or at an actual soccer park, you can find pretty much anywhere to start a pickup game with anyone.

2. Accessibility

Whereas other sports require a ton of equipment, soccer is beautiful in its simplicity. Although some sports, such as football also follow this “simplicity rule” of just needing a ball and you’re good, the majority of other sports don’t carry the same way. For example, in volleyball, it’s difficult to play the sport without a net, which is unlikely to be randomly carrying around, or in basketball without a hoop. Soccer is one of the simplest sports to play, with only truly requiring one piece of equipment, a ball, if you just want to pass with other people or train by yourself.

3. Learnability

Whereas many sports ential complicated rules, soccer is universally much easier to understand how to play. Because there aren’t constricting positions in a pickup game, anyone can shoot or defend at any time or have fun doing anything in between. Other sports, such as football or basketball, that have more rules than soccer make the game harder to learn for anyone, whether they’re little kids or adults. Soccer isn’t a sport that requires for all players to be able to speak the same language either -- body language is key in the sport, to communicate with other players on a simpler and universal basis.

4. Weather permitting

The aspect I probably love most about soccer is that it can be played just about anywhere. Whether it’s an indoor league, outside on a hot summer day or in the pouring rain on muddy grass, the sport is always enjoyable in just about any circumstance. Because many parks are switching from grass to turf fields, this makes it much easier to play on a reliably flat surface, whereas other sports, such as tennis require a non-rainy day.

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Why It's Still Great To Be a Georgia Bulldog

Last Monday was rough.

Yeah. So that happened.

It felt like the entire season was a dream. An incredible takeover in South Bend and a win over Notre Dame. Shutting out Tennessee. A loss to Auburn, and then a revenge win and an SEC Championship title. A stress-inducing win in double overtime at the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

A national championship game against Alabama. A nail-biting overtime. And then...

It's over. Just like that.

It can be hard with football to grasp the suddenness of the moment, the finality of a game-winning touchdown or a crucial missed call. There's no going back; the final score is the final score, the winner is the winner, and the losing team is left to pick up the pieces. For the fans of the team that comes up short, more specifically Georgia fans, a loss like the one we all experienced Monday night can feel like someone has ripped our hearts out. Because that's our team down on that field, on that screen, and when they hurt, we hurt, too. With a loss like this, it's easy to lose hope in not just our football team, but our university.

However, even though I and the rest of Bulldog Nation was seriously hurting during that game, I came to realize a few things about my school.

We are so positive all the time and it truly inspires me. Yes, it felt like the energy was sucked out of Athens the moment the game ended, but the day after, we still welcomed our team home with crowds of hundreds of fans and posters saying, "Still Proud!" At this institution, even if you come up short, even if you fail, it's okay. It's a part of the process: a building block, if you will. Find another solution. Find another way.

It feels like a family in Athens, Georgia. Even cheering for our dawgs in the National Championship felt like I was cheering for my local high school football team: there's a small town feel to this school and you can definitely sense it. So when we lost, we felt the loss collectively.

Finally, I realized that I never want to be at any other school other than the University of Georgia. Say what you will about our loss being in "typical Georgia" fashion, but there is a special air about this place that screams anything but "losers". It screams success and drive. It screams passion. Most importantly, it screams love.

So yeah, Monday sucked. But it is an incredible time to be a Georgia Bulldog.

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