Let Philly's Purge Commence
The Philadelphia Eagles served Tom Brady and the Pats a Philly cheese steak Sunday night, winning their first ever Super Bowl. Still unfathomable. Although, it shouldn't be that surprising since Philly's history is built on being the scrappy, hard nosed, blue collared, under dog. The city has very few accomplishments compared to other major cities but twice as much pride. I mean, Philly's major city monument is a statue and steps based off a fictional boxer. However, the Italian Stallion deserves his own day for pounding Ivan Drago, so this type of homage is understandable.
All of Philly was behind their Eagles that day and even Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry made it in time for kickoff, after beating the Memphis Grizzlies earlier that afternoon.
The Eagles played invincible that day, even without Mark Wahlberg on the roster. But with this kind of support cast how can you not? When you have the Fresh Prince from West Philadelphia, the Black Mamba, and an intoxicated Kevin Hart in your corner, you are not losing. Sure, Kobe was a little vulgar in front of his baby daughter and Kevin Hart trying to storm the stage to celebrate with his Eagles and dropping F bombs on live TV may be viewed as inappropriate by some. But these were authentic and harmless reactions of joy and the whole city of Philadelphia definitely wishes everyone else celebrated like that and not like the Civil War.
Win or lose, Philly was rioting that day. The city is rich with sport violence history. In 1960, fans of the NFL-champion Eagles tore their seats off and threw them at police officers and stormed the field in celebration. They went bus tipping after the Flyers Stanley Cup in 1974 and had several championships throughout the 80's with the 76ers and Phillies that involved looting and streaking. Most Philadelphia residents knew what to expect Sunday or at least the true Philly sport fanatics did like Mac and Dennis. So, Grab your riot punch Philly.
It was complete anarchy after the Super Bowl win. Philadelphia was a lawless city for the night and was one flipped car away from declaring a state of emergency. However, the car that was flipped was a Prius so the owner must of expected that type of abuse at some point. Here's a quick video recap of the madness.
Yes, at 2:45 that's a fan eating horse crap. I have no idea why you would need to burn your city to the floor after winning a championship. Maybe they were just as mad as I was that Justin Timberlake didn't have an NSYNC reunion during his half time performance.
Philadelphia having the most boisterous fan base of all-time is true. This fan base gave back up quarterback Nick Foles the confidence to dominate this game and become the first quarterback ever to receive and throw a touch down in a Super Bowl game. Play of the game and possibly in all of Philly sport's history was when the Eagles served a 'Philly Special." The name of a trick play that was executed on the 4th down by Nick Foles and Trey Burton.
This performance earned Nick the Super Bowl MVP and the respect of football fans everywhere. Especially since the GOAT Tom Brady messed up on a very similar play before Nick's catch.
Power coaching move by Doug Pederson to call that play on 4th down, not long after Brady's failed attempt. The Eagles played fearlessly and the fans celebrated in similar fashion. Thankfully there were no fatalities and majority of the injuries came from people falling and jumping off light poles. Still no number on amount of arrests and light poles removed but my guess is deep hundreds.
There was some positive moments from the fans and rioting. A man proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancee) in the midst of the chaos and many Philadelphians continued the Free Meek campaign. A trending movement to free Philadelphia native and rapper, Meek Mill from prison. The Eagles even walked out to Meek Mills song Dreams and Nightmares to show solidarity. I'm no lawyer but with spirits this high in the city I wouldn't be surprised if they let Meek walk this week.
The mayor spoke today saying, "tens of thousands came out and celebrated this amazing victory last night, and but for a handful of bad actors the celebration was peaceful." A little understated but understandable to focus on the good. After all, this is the city of brotherly love. Hopefully the celebration at the Super Bowl parade Thursday isn't as unruly but I'd start greasing those light poles today.