pride comes before the fall and other tales

We had quite a weekend around here at the fancythis house.

Saturday night, the husband and I went out on a date and had a tremendous time enjoying one another’s company. It’s amazing to me how, when you classify something as a “date” it sort of re-kindles the romance a little. Not to say that it has really had the chance to dwindle in only 2 years of marriage, but it really brought us back to the dating days. It was really nice.

Sunday was a HUGE day around here. My parents threw a little shindig for the Twins 18th Birthday, and we had a HUGE shindig for the Steelers’ presence in the AFC Championship. Which, in case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know, they won!

You may be wondering why I’m not an Eagles fan, what with my living in the “Philadelphia area” and all. (Or, you may not, but I’m going to tell you why anyway) Really, the first reason why, is that my dad was born, and spent the first few years of his life, in Pittsburgh. So because of that, he’s a Steelers fan,  and that has been “passed down” to the rest of us. So to speak.

The second reason is not only a reason why I’m not a fan, but more the reason that I will root against the Eagles and for any other team, every opportunity that I get.

Any football fan understands the rivalry between inner-divisional teams. The Cowboys and the Eagles are one such rivalry. Now, rivalries always make for the best games. I’m not sure what it is, but the adrenaline flows differently or something. Either way, they’re great games. So years ago, when Michael Irvin was still playing football, he and his Cowboys had a game against the Eagles. I was watching this game. At one point, Michael took a hit to the helmet, which not only knocked him out, but initial reports were questioning his ability to ever walk again. It was pretty scary.

So, they loaded him on the stretcher and were carting him off the field………when the Philadelphia crowd booed him off the field.

And that is why I loathe the Eagles. And rejoice when they lose. Ok, not rejoice, but I’m certainly not sad for them. Especially because, generally, their fans are so fair-weather and fickle that it doesn’t really matter to them in the first place. They “weren’t really fans” to begin with. Right.

Fast forward to last week. Every single Eagle’s fan (and there are a bunch of them around here) was looking past the NFC Championship game. No-one was taking the Arizona Cardinals seriously. At all. Nevermind the fact that the Cardinals were in the Championship game as well, therefore implying that they were just as good as the Eagles for having gotten that far. No, the Eagle’s fans knew best and were looking past the Cardinals to the Superbowl.

Big mistake, obviously.

The Cardinals came out playing serious football and handed it to the Eagles. It was great. I of course, knew that the Cardinals had a fighting chance. Their (head) coaching staff comes from Pittsburgh, and that’s nothing to shake a stick at. We are pretty good, after all.

So the lesson that the Eagles and their fans have (hopefully, for their sake) learned is that you should never underestimate the power of any team to snatch victory from your grasp. Once you’ve learned that, you may end up just as happy and hopeful as we Steelers fans were last night. And let me just tell you, it feels great!



3 Responses to “pride comes before the fall and other tales”

  1. 1 lifelemons January 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

    My word, Tom, Hannah and I were walking home from my parents and just about every house in the neighborhood was screaming when the eagles scored, I was amazed that we could hear them outside of there houses (and amazed that so many people in the neighborhood liked them).

  2. 2 DDTM January 20, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Preach it, sister.
    Rooting for anyone other than the ‘Skins in the NFC East will send you to heck.
    Should I not tell you that I’ll probably root for the Cards in the Superbowl though?

  3. 3 Gagnon Gang January 20, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Go Steelers (there are a lot of us fans up here in CT!!!)

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