TODAY we go to “war”.
Not the actual kind of war that we Americans have become sadly used to. Just football. Just EAGLES vs Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
I’m probably the only fan you’ll hear referring to that game as “just”. The truth is, if it were last week or next week I’d using all the regular incendiary language. Instead it falls on Thanksgiving, our native holiday. Our own Holy day, celebrated nowhere else on this planet.
The purpose of the day is to give thanks. Thanks for our families, our friends, homes, freedoms, way of life… Just anything we have that we weren’t already clutching in our fists when we came to this world. Meaning everything.
Before the game, when I’m too invested in “hating” Americans in different color shirts, I want to give thanks for those differences which have made us as strong as we are today; in spite of the million ways they can be used, and have been used, to divide us.
I want to give thanks to the many things we share of ourselves with each other, despite being so different from each other. That in itself is a marvel. Let me give you an example.
Today, almost 800 miles away, a friend of mine with Cowboys silver and blue in her veins, will wish nothing short of clinical depression for me and everyone else who claims even mild interest in the EAGLES.
The same things will make us happy. First downs and touchdowns. Big gains, and big hits. The same things will make us sad. First downs and touchdowns. Big gains and big hits. We’ll want the same thing for two different teams playing the same game. One of us will be elated after the win. The other will be avoiding my phone calls. (Had to get that in.)
Though we could let something we are passionate about divide us, we both rise above that and focus on the human being and not a sports rivalry. There is strength in that, and it is a strength possessed by many of us.
So knowing that not just EAGLES fans come to this site, before I get carried away with the game, and caught up in the moment, before we go to “war”, I want to take a moment and give thanks for you.
My fellow fan.
My fellow American.
That game was like us beating down Iraq in the first Iraq war. They had no chance against us. Denise Bryant cried we played dirty. He and his cryboy brethren are just soft. There sure were a lot of Eagles chants going on in that stadium and on Thanksgiving no less. We are now two games over your bud’s prediction and one game from mine. I now feel like 13 wins isn’t out of the question.
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I had Dallas going either 6-10 or 10-6, with us (or the Redskins), winning the division either way. (Meaning we’d get more than 10 wins.)
I have every intention of ribbing Rhodie over this in a couple weeks or so, but I’m far more interested right now in Seattle and beating ANOTHER +.500 team.
There’s no point in crowing too loud if we lose the next 2. (Though we should sweep Dallas.)
I had the Seahawks game as a loss before, but if the Eagles can do what they did with Sanchez (make him a facilitating component and not try and make him the guy) then I don’t see why we couldn’t beat them. We do have to clean up this Red Zone offense. Cody Parkey has been the man for us though. I like you thought the Skins would be much better (not better than us, but better) than they have showed. I still felt we would win the division in either case, but the Skins have been a terrible disappointment. I expected the VaGiants to suck. Although RGME hasn’t come close to being as good as advertised I must state the Skins couldn’t have saddled him with worse coaches than the ones he was given. None of his coaches specialize in calling plays fit for his playing style all want him to be something he isn’t. That’s why he’s on his way out of D.C. If he somehow gets lucky and ends up here look out.
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I agree with all but the last part. Griffin had reconstructive surgery on a knee in college, and the pro game has only added a ton more damage. I’d have to get stuck with him when the warranty suddenly expires. Failing a move to draft a QB, it would make more sense to try to reform a Jake Locker or Terrelle Pryor.