ARE the EAGLES a Super Bowl team? I hate that question. I’d rather be asked if I was gay than be asked that question. It’s such a stupid fucking question, but it gets asked every year, about every team.
Here’s the answer to it once and for all: If you can clearly tell that a team isn’t a playoff team then ‘No’, they aren’t a Super Bowl team. Barring that the answer is ‘Yes’. Every year. It’s ‘Yes’, unless it’s a clear ‘No’, in which case you don’t even ask the question.
In theory, every season is a 32 team derby, in which the number, frequency, and severity of injuries can play a huge part in who gets a shot at the post-season.
However, the truth is, some teams go into camp knowing the only bowl in their future will have cereal in it. So you get coaches desperately dodging the term “rebuilding”, while trotting out time-worn chestnuts like “Laying the groundwork for the future”, “Putting in a solid foundation”, “Shoring up the team from top to bottom” and other construction industry phrases that pack as much meaning as drooling on the mic.
(I’m looking forward to the day a new coach just breaks down babbling shit like “We need to cut out all the dry rot, and replace the joists. I think the entire shed has to be torn down, but we’ll try to save the cornices, because no one makes ‘em like that anymore.”)
But again, unless your team is complete disaster, “Yes” it’s a Super Bowl capable team. While it’s rare, it’s been proven that any chump can get lucky and take home the Lombardi. (I’m looking at you, Giants!) I’m guessing that’s where that whole “Why not us?” question comes from.
FYI, I also hate that question. “Why not us?” Quick experiment: Ask that question out loud. Seriously. I’ll wait…
How many of you at least partly shrugged when you asked the question? Shrugging is not the body language of confident people, is it? You need confidence to conquer don’t you. See why I hate it?
Instead of asking ‘Why not us?’ a better idea would be to write up a list of reasons why it should be us. In fact, my fellow fans, let’s do that.
Let’s see how many different reasons EAGLES fans can come up with, for why 2014 SHOULD BE our year. I want to see how many answers end up in the Comments section. If fans can really think of reasons we deserve it this year. Let’s separate the die-hards who really know the team, from the 2013 bandwagon riders who probably think Andy Reid is still the coach. (We all know at least one “fan” like that.)
I’ll even get it started: