Ordinarily I wouldn’t bother with seething fan discontent swirling around a non-D.C. team, but I’ll make a special one-time exception for the Eagles this week. Why?
1) They’re about to play the Redskins.
2) Their home city is Philadelphia, and everyone loves a nice blast of schadenPHreude.
Anyhow, remember the Burgundy Revolution? Those wacky few weeks during the final days of Zorn when fans brought signs and made T-shirts, signed petitions and chanted chants and otherwise bellowed out their complaints into the recesses of the universe? Well, it’s all happening in Philadelphia now.
An Eagles spokesman was on WIP’s morning show this week to answer several complaints from fans about Sunday’s game, including the much-publicized one involving the removal of this large banner that was reportedly blocking views of the field. Felt so familiar. Among the spokesman’s responses:
On security in general: “We played this game just like we do any other. We take a lot of steps to ensure that our fans have the best time they can at the game, and we did not do things different security-wise than we ever do.”
On the large banner: “What happened with that incident simply had to do with the size of the sign, and the fact that he was blocking the view of other fans. What was on the sign, we saw, like a lot of other people did. And when we see signs out there we call up and make sure that we get someone to make a ruling on whether or not they are offensive or hurtful or have bad language. And we didn’t have any problem with the language that was on there. But the sign was big, the fans were standing on their seats to hold it up, and they were blocking the view of people behind them. And people pay good money for those tickets, and I think if you were sitting a couple rows behind them you’d have wanted that sign taken down, too.”
On paper bag heads: “There’s nothing wrong with expressing your opinion.”
On complaints that the PA system was turned up to blot out chants and boos: “Well, we HAD the sound up, but it was for a different reason. We travel, obviously, to everyone else’s stadiums for the away games. We take notes on what seems to work at other ballparks, and see what we want to apply here. Different people play different music, they put different things on their video boards, and we’d noticed a good vibe at some places that turn the music up a little louder. And [Sunday] there was a good vibe out in the parking lots. It was a sunny day, driving around in your car you’d probably turn up the radio a little bit, so we turned it up a little bit. But I remember walking around on the field before we even opened the gates, when there was no one in there, and it was loud then. So it was something we were gonna do throughout the game, and it didn’t have anything to do with how the game was going.”
So to recap, if the team was in first place, the sound system still would have been jacked up to create a good vibe, and all the happy, rah-rah signs would have been removed if they were too large and disruptive.