Friday, October 21, 2005

Insurmountable ?/.

Okay, here's the problem:

I want to be optimistic. I really, really want to be upbeat about the team. I want to believe that we really can overcome all of the faults we exhibited so far this season. I want to believe that we have what it takes to finally get over the hump. I want to be confident we're going to win.

But at this point, I just don't even know how. I've been a Philadelphia sports fan for my entire life.


Blogger Paulomon Grundy said...

Is this news? It's the reason we started the blog in the first place, right?....The team is older than almost every franchise in the league, yet have basically nothing to show for all of that history. Dallas has half the history and 5 SB trophies in 8 appearances...and they are going to win at least another before we do....ONE LOMBARDI trophy is all that I ask for, ONE! After that, I'll shut the hell up. But, every year it's something to derail us...this year it's the following that will keep us down: distraction from TO's offseason media frenzy, other ugly public contract disputes, key releases/trades, McNabb's ailments, no running game, a general apathy in the players' eyes, and finally, $12MM in salary cap room! God, I hate this team.

10/21/2005 12:48 PM  
Blogger Dave Popstar said...

LIke I've said before, there is a subset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder known as "Eagles Fan Syndrome". It is similar to Battered Woman Syndrome, and involves similar stages. Stage One in BWS is the contrite loving behavior, which in EFS is the Spadaro-fed hopefulness and expectation, also fueled by offseason pickups, most notably being T.O. & Kearse two years ago. Stage Two in BWS is the escalation phase, which in EFS takes place over the course of a season, when we show various weaknesses and start to question our confidence in the team, coaches and administration. Stage Three in BWS is the acute battering incident, which in EFS is the heartwrenching loss, especially to a team that we supposedly should have beaten. Interestingly, EFS can take place from game to game, or generally over the course of the season, or both (like this season). And like BWS, we are trained into a "learned helplessness" which creates a feeling of hopelessess to take any steps to change our situation, and just makes us keep returning for more abuse. Eagles fans are Eagles fans for life. Despite everything.

I sort of take pride in that, in a weird way. (Then again, until we win a SB, in what else can we take pride?)

10/21/2005 1:22 PM  

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