As a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan, I know for a fact the Birds are one of the most hated franchises in football. It’s not as much the team that’s hated, as it is the fans. There are very few fan bases that come close to matching the intensity of Eagles fans.(The Oakland Raiders are one of the first that comes to mind.) Eagles fans and rowdy behavior have a long history that goes way back to the 60’s when Santa Claus (allegedly) got belted with snowballs by Eagles fans. People may not remember, but I recall something like that happening again in the 80’s. Then there was that time Dallas Cowboys players and coaches were belted with batteries thrown from the stands by angry Eagles fans. Then there was the time Eagles fans cheered as Dallas WR Michael Irvin lay completely still on the very unforgiving Veterans Stadium turf after being slammed on his neck. It was feared that Irvin may be paralyzed while laying on the turf and not moving at all, but Eagles fans still cheered Irving’s injury. And, there were the multiple, multiple, multiple accounts of fans from other teams’ coming down to the Vet and getting their asses whipped by drunken Eagles fans up in the 700 level at the Vet. It got so bad, that in the latter years of the Vet, they created a criminal court below the stadium for offenders. Yup, everybody hates Philly fans. But, fans have been mostly on good behavior since the opening of Lincoln Financial Field way back in 2003. New stadium, new attitude, right? No, not really. Eagles fans are still as rowdy and belligerent as ever. Ask 22-year old Taylor Hendricks.
Action News on 6abc (@6abc) reports, Taylor Hendricks was ejected from Saturday’s Eagles-Falcons game. On his way out he decided to punch a police horse in the face as he walked down Pattison Avenue in South Philly. Police charged the 22-year old with assaulting a police horse. WHY TAYLOR? Philadelphia was just starting to get over the image of being an out of control and belligerent fan base, and then you want to go and do this? Who am I kidding? Philly has never shed its image and reputation for being out of control fans, and probably never will. The night of the game, I saw a video posted on Twitter of two Eagles fans engaging in sexual acts out in the open on the Subway as they made their way home from the game. Imagine what will happen in the city if we actually win a Super Bowl? Hate it or love it, this is us! This is who we were, are now, and probably will be moving forward. If you don’t like it, don’t come here as a visiting fan of another team (horses too!), anybody is likely to get that work! In his press conference, Minnesota Vikings head coach, Mike Zimmer suggested that Vikings fans should come to Philadelphia and invade Lincoln Financial Field. Yeah, you might want to think twice about that strategy Mike! Ask Santa Claus, visiting teams fans (especially Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants), and that horse that got punched in the face on Pattison Avenue about visiting fans coming to invade The Linc. Not promoting violence, or even saying violence is ever an acceptable solution to anything, BUT as a visiting fan of another team, COME TO PHILLY AT YOUR OWN RISK! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.