DOES anybody remember the Philadelphia Eagles? Last time I checked, that was the last team to win the NFC East division. Yet the national sports media scarcely acknowledges that Philly has a football team. Unless it’s a week where every team in a division gets a day.
Oh wait! We did get some press after WR DeSean Jackson had a tweet that was viewed as offensive by some people. You may have heard of it? In any case, it was handled, and the rest of sports world forgot about the team again.
Outside of that, when the Eagles do get brought up, it’s usually just a mention while being looked past. For example, despite taking the division directly away from the Dallas Cowboys, in a “do-or-die” second match-up last year, the national media seems to think that the Cowboys will win the division in 2021.
The Cowboys couldn’t beat the Eagles when they were more or less at full strength, and Philly was injury depleted. The Cowboys #1 ranked offense was held to nine points in that game. NINE. Versus an injury decimated team. And they’re still the favorites this year! With a new head coach!!
We re-signed OL Jason Peters, immediately plugging a hole created by injury, and providing a gold plated insurance policy. Did that help the Eagles move into the favorite spot? Did it even invite a new discussion of how this would impact the Eagles, and thus the division?
No. It did neither. No professional “journalist” wants to have those discussions. Instead, as expected, the national sports media delivered Jerry Jones his annual blowjob for wasting money, and producing more hype than substance.
Whether being repeatedly overlooked, or listening to another year of empty Dallas hype, neither by themselves is even worthy of notice. However, when placed side-by-side, they create this weird effect. Almost like a prolonged feedback noise. A noise that usually lasts from April to October.
Only four times in this New Millennium has the NFC East not gone to (9 times) or through (7 times) Philadelphia. That means that sixteen times in the last twenty years (TWO DECADES), the division couldn’t be decided without Philadelphia weighing in. Plus winning it twice as often as anyone else in the division, despite three head coaches over the span.
Yet we barely rate a mention this time of year. Annually! It’s beyond annoying.
This year with the lack of other real football news, it’s worse than usual. It has me looking forward to the season for my salvation, because once the game count, and our winning starts, the Eagles cannot be looked past any longer.