Philly Fans and Players are Hilariously Passionate in These 13 Ways

Philly Fans and Players are Hilariously Passionate in These 13 Ways

7. Being clever
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"The city of brotherly love" is the city where fans show pride through wins and loses, even if their teams haven't won a championship in what seems like forever. The Flyers have not won a Stanley Cup since 1975, the Phillies have not won a World Series since 2008, the 76ers haven't won the NBA Finals since 1983, and the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl.... until now in 2018 at Super Bowl 52!

No wonder Philly fans and their professional athletes lose their minds sometimes, so here is a list of 13 things that only Philadelphia fans will do!

1. Climbing light poles

Ever hear of the crisco cops? How about the hydraulic fluid cops? The Philadelphia police force actually had to cover light poles in crisco before the Eagle's 2018 conference championship game against the Minnesota Vikings. As you can see, that clearly did not stop people from getting up the poles. For the Superbowl, the police officers used flammable hydraulic fluid.

2. Running onto ball fields

The Philadelphia Eagles are now known for their talented dance moves and choreographed celebrations which included themes like bowling, baseball, imitating the Desean Jackson endzone fall, the backpack kid dance, charging the mound on a bad pitch, flying like a convocation of eagles, the electric slide, and a ton more. The Eagles electric slide after an interception made by their defense, won the award for the 2017 NFL Best Celebration of the Year!

3. Knowing how to eat

Breakfast: scrapple. Lunch: soft pretzels. Dinner: cheesesteaks.

4. Stealing seats

Fans seem to somehow get away with unscrewing and walking out with seats from Philadelhia stadiums along with other stadiums around the country.

5. Professional athletes using profanity on live TV

Anyone remember Chase Utley's 2008 World Series winning speech? How about the most recent, Jason Kelce's 2018 Super Bowl Parade Speech?!

6. Drinking

Boy do Philadelphia sports fans and athletes know how to party.

7. Being clever

If fans from across the country decide to offend Philadelphia sports fans, then there will be pay back. Especially when Minnesota Vikings football fans decide to dress up Philly's Rocky statue with their team's gear and then make a public video of themselves doing their "skol" chant on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps. What do you think Philadelphia Eagles fans did in return? They redressed the statue with Eagles gear. Then during the NFC football game between Minnesota and Philadelphia, the packed stadium of Philly fans took Minnesota's chant and turned it into a chant for the Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Instead of "skol," the chant became "Foles."

8. Best. Choreography. Between. Plays.

The Philadelphia Eagles are now known for their talented dance moves and choreographed celebrations which included themes like bowling, baseball, imitating the Desean Jackson endzone fall, the backpack kid dance, charging the mound on a bad pitch, flying like a convocation of eagles, the electric slide, and a ton more. The Eagles electric slide celebration won the award for the 2017 NFL

9. Uhhh trust falls

Trust falls off buildings, balconies, and buses... that basically sums up the passion of the Philadelphia fanbase.

10. Eyes full of tears

How do you make grown, buff men shed some tears? Have the Eagles win a Superbowl for the first time in 52 years.

11. Throwing whatever is in their hands

Remember when Ryan Howard was in a hitting slump and got a beer bottle thrown at him by a Phillies Fan?

12. Attire for games and victory parades

13. Making the best out of unfortunate situations

The Eagles may have been first in the NFL through the 2018 season, but then were considered underdogs through every playoff game. Well, who doesn't love to mock the Vegas polls?

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Top 10 Quarterback-Wide Receiver Combos In The NFL

In a passing league, a quarterback runs the show on offense, and his favorite wide-receiver is his reliable safety blanket.

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The NFL has seen great quarterbacks and great wide receivers. When a combination of a great quarterback and wide receiver are on one team, an offense can become very dangerous. Certain teams and their fans have been fortunate enough to see outstanding duos. This list includes record breakers, Super Bowl MVPs, and Hall of Famers

10. Stabler to Biletnikoff

Ken Stabler and Fred Biletnikoff were typical Oakland Raiders. Rule breaking characters who only cared about winning. The Raiders' victory in Super Bowl XI was the peak of the Raiders dominance of the 70s. MVP Biletnikoff reflected on their years in Oakland and his friendship with Stabler.

9. Namath to Maynard

In the 60s Broadway Joe Namath captivated football fans in the American Football League. He and Don Maynard were bombs away on the field. In 1968 the Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. If it was not for Namath and Maynard, the Jets might not have been in the big game.

8. Staubach to Pearson

Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson made it on the map when Staubach hit Pearson for the first Hail Mary touchdown. They won Super Bowl XII with the Cowboys in 1977 and played in 3 Super Bowls all together in the 70s. Pearson has been overlooked by the Hall of Fame. He deserves to be in Canton along with his quarterback.

7. Brady to Edelman

For the past decade, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman have tormented secondaries and defensive coordinators. They just won their 3rd Super Bowl together and each has left their mark on the NFL. Brady's best receiver in his career may have been Hall of Famer Randy Moss, but Edelman has been the most reliable weapon for the Patriots.

6. Kelly to Reed

The K-Gun offense was perfect for Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. The fast-paced, no-huddle offense was a headache for defenses. Andre Reed was the perfect deep threat for Kelly. The Bills went to 4 straight Super Bowls in the early 90s, something that has not been done before or since. Kelly and Reed are both Hall of Famers despite not winning the Super Bowl.

5. Aikman to Irvin

Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin won three Super Bowls together in Dallas. In their first Aikman hit Irvin for two touchdowns in an MVP performance by Aikman. The Dallas dynasty of the early 90s would not have been possible without this duo.

4. Unitas to Berry

Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry were the best at their positions in their time. The prolific combination of these two legends brought the Colts back to back championships in the late 50s. Their on the field chemistry started before game days. Unitas and Berry would stay after practice and run pass patterns to prepare for Sunday afternoons in Baltimore.

3. Montana to Rice

Jerry Rice entered the league in 1985. By then Joe Montana was a two time Super Bowl champion and two time Super Bowl MVP. Montana and Rice would lead the 49ers to two Super Bowls in the late 80s. Each would win a Super Bowl MVP and San Francisco became the team of the 80s.

2. Young to Rice

By the Early 90s, Jerry Rice had been established as one of, if not, the best wide receiver in NFL history. When injuries led to Joe Montana being traded from the 49ers Steve Young took over the offense. During the transition, Rice would practice catching passes from a left-handed ball boy on the 49ers. Young and Rice would lead the 49ers to three straight NFC championship appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XXIX.

1. Manning to Harrison

Peyton Manning's career makes a compelling argument for him as the best quarterback of his generation. Marvin Harrison may have been the best wide receiver of the 2000s. The fact that they were on the same team was like the stars aligning. Manning and Harrison combined for 12,766 yards and 112 touchdowns - two records that may never be broken. Together, they led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl in 2006.

The importance of a good quarterback-receiver duo cannot be understated. The better the chemistry is between the two, the better the offense will run. All of these duos brought different things to the table. But they all caused headaches for opposing secondaries.

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