Are Eagles Fans Overrated?
We keep hearing about the passionate Eagles fans and how they are the 12th man for team. Then if that is true, there is just one simple question that needs to be asked - where were the fans at the end of Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss at Lincoln Financial Field to the New York Giants.?
By the beginning of overtime, a sizeable number of patrons had left. And the numbers kept growing. When the Eagles needed the vocal support, many of the fans had bailed out.
While we realize that there are few things worse than getting stuck in Eagles traffic, one would think the fans would want to stay for the outcome. Especially when they pay good money for their seats.
True fans stay with the team until the end of the game. They can cheer or boo, but leaving a game before the outcome is known is usually something that is associated with laid-back fans who view a football game strictly as a social affair.
The Eagles fans are supposed to live and die with their team, not abandon it in droves.
Sure the Linc was loud and the Eagles fans are as difficult as any on the visiting team, but a fan can't cheer or boo if he or she isn't in a seat.
And there were plenty of empty seats when the Eli Manning connected with Plaxico Burress with the winning 31-yard TD pass.
So the Eagles weren't the only ones who had a disappointing effort. Many of the so-called best fans in the NFL, jumped ship early. In doing so, they have left the impression that they don't care quite as much as their reputations suggests that they do.