E-A-G-L-E-S, six letters that have been shouted out of almost every proud Philadelphian’s mouth since the start of the football season. This Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in the most watched sporting event in the United States, the Super Bowl. Whether you are a football fan or not, there’s no denying that the city has been electric. Eagles fans have been rioting in the streets, filling bars up until capacity and selling out Lincoln Financial Field every home game. It is clear that this city loves their sports teams.
In the public, Philadelphia sports fans have had a bad reputation for being abrasive, rude and just flat out terrible. Other cities often call out for Philadelphia for being a terrible sports city due to the stereotypes surrounding the fan base. What I find the most interesting is that people in Philadelphia often thrive off of the bad publicity and criticism they receive from other cities. They cheer harder and show up in other cities wearing their gear as if they belong there. The city of Philadelphia has no shame in showing their pride and regardless of bad publicity, there is no sign of their pride subsiding.
With the Super Bowl just days away, the anticipation and excitement in Philadelphia is evident. In Minnesota, where the Super Bowl is taking place on Sunday, restaurants are treating Philadelphia fans differently but in Philadelphia, restaurants are thriving. Minnesota may be bitter about Philadelphia but Philadelphia is benefiting from the Eagles’ success. From the start of the season until now, the fans have been emotionally invested in watching their team make it this far. The media should stop criticizing fans and praise them for their unwavering support and excitement. Regardless of a win or loss at the biggest game of the season, Philadelphia can and will be proud of their team.
This blog post was written by Account Associate Brianna Love.