It’s the start of September; the Eagles just had the best off-season in the NFL. The Phillies have the best record in baseball and the best pitching staff of all time. Fast forward.
Now it’s October 9th; the Phillies just lost in the first round and the Eagles have lost four games in a row, and look like one of the worst teams in the NFL The Phillies season is for sure over, and the Eagles season sure seems like it.
What the hell happened here? Maybe it’s karma.
I do know how it happened on the field. I saw it with my own eyes. I saw the Phillies bats go silent (as we’ve seen them do before), and I am seeing each and every Eagles mistake and misplay.
It’s not that I don’t know what’s happening, it’s that I didn’t see it coming. It’s all happening at once, and it’s at when we least expected it.
The Phillies gave us a bit of a ride. The best part of this Eagles ride was during training camp. Both are ending with the same crash.
This is karma. We deserve this. We needed it.
Just when it seemed like it might turn around, Juqua Parker jumped offsides. It had been a long weekend, and Philly sports Twitter reacted as such:
A large dose of reality. Just two short days after Chris Carpenter gave us our first spoonful.
Maybe this is a good thing. This is going to remind us of how it used to be around here. You know, when we were losers. We would give anything for one ace, let alone not be happy until we had a fourth.
As Phillies fans, we definitely got a little arrogant this year. There were times that I thought we sounded a bit like *shudder* Red Sox fans. I know you’ve seen it. The minute we signed Cliff Lee, we were planning the parade.
As Eagles fans, we all love pointing to Vince Young’s now stupid looking “Dream Team” comment as bad luck, but if we’re being honest, he just said what we were all thinking. He may have been saying “Dream Team,” but a bunch of us were saying “Super Bowl.”
We’re a city of fans who used to know losing as well as anyone (except maybe Cleveland). I think maybe we forgot for a little while.
Winning is the most fun when you know what losing feels like. Take it in Philly.