I’M so sick of watching our best players play their last down in a uniform other than ours. And don’t hand me that “One day contract” BS. I want their last down, their last inning, their last inbound pass, their last shot on goal. I want that. I need that. As a fan I deserve that. WE deserve that. Our loyalty has more than earned it.
You and I have spent years paying for that right. Not privilege. RIGHT!
Last night my ex and I were talking about the Jimmy Rollins trade…Actually she was talking about it. I was full-on bitching about it. Yeah, I get that we need to rebuild. I get that when you do that, you have to remove the old stuff first, but some shit is just fucking sacred. Or at least it should be. That thought prompted an exchange between my ex and I. Instead of telling you about it, I got her permission to show it to you.
Okay granted, she was kind of a Madden 2K widow, but I later got help in the form of actually playing football. (Which she thoroughly 😉 dug!) But did you notice her lack of doubt in us winning a string of Super Bowls if I was the owner? It’s not as sweet as the blanket she made me for Christmas last year, but it was still pretty cool.
My point however, is I think to get a team that REALLY reflects US Philadelphians, we’re gonna need a Philly born, raised and based person to buy one of our teams. The current ownership regimes don’t feel this like we do. And here’s why:
The EAGLES owner Jeffrey Lurie: Boston Massachusetts.
The Flyers owner Ed Snider: Washington D.C.
Sixers (principle) owner Joshua Harris: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Phillies primary owner Bill Giles*: Rochester, New York
(*part owner and team president David Montgomery is from Philly.)
The reason there’s so much disconnect between us and them, is because there is a disconnect between us and them. They don’t get us and we don’t get them.
I wonder if we could swing a Green Bay type of situation here? One where the public buys shares of the team and then pays a board to represent us and carry out OUR wishes. Be awesome if we could right?
Failing that, I’ll have to check my couch cushions and old coats to see if I have enough money to tempt Lurie into making that sale. That way there’s at least one owner of a Philadelphia team, who would finally give enough of a damn to give FANS of Philadelphian teams, what it is we truly deserve.