“Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight. “
-Lt. James Gordon in The Dark Knight
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I think today set a vitriol record for Twitter in Philadelphia. The moment that Jeff Lurie began speaking, and it became pretty obvious that Andy Reid was staying on as coach, the hate hit record levels.
Let’s put it this way; if this was Ghostbusters II, and the slime beneath the city reacted to negative emotions like it did in the movie, we’d all be slave to Vigo the Carpathian by now.
Some of the hate was understandable for sure. I mean, Lurie’s speech gave every indication that he would make a change, except you knew he wouldn’t. And a lot of that “I just want something different” feeling is valid, even if not necessarily football prudent.
But then I thought about Andy Reid. You know, the guy without the rhetoric surrounding him. This guy’s a good coach. You know what else, this guy works really hard. And a lot of this year’s bad ideas weren’t his fault. And you know, I kind of feel bad that everyone hates him so much, and I kind of like the guy. And though I’ve never really picked a side in the Andy Reid debate that I can’t come back from, I feel like I was pushed to choose a team. And I did. I’m on Team Andy. Even though I know he can take it, much like Batman can, I’ve still got his back.
I’m fully behind Andy Reid. I want to see him win a Super Bowl to shut everyone (maybe you) up. I want him to step up to that podium at the end of the Super Bowl parade, walk up to the mic, take a long pause, clear his throat one final time, grab his crotch and throw the mic down and give everyone the finger. Time’s yours, Philly.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the reasoning behind keeping him is sound. This isn’t just about choosing sides for the hell of it. If you’re keeping this team together for another run, I think you’ve got a better shot with him than anyone else. I think there is truth to what Lurie said about the importance of actually getting into the playoffs, and then seeing what happens. The players didn’t give up on him. He’s even figured out how to challenge plays!
I actually don’t think the fact that he’s never won the Super Bowl means that he won’t win the Super Bowl. I know the logic doesn’t apply perfectly, but every coach who wins the Super Bowl for the first time has never won the Super Bowl before. A play goes differently here or there in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles win and everything is different. Except that it isn’t. He’d still be the same Andy.
But sound reasoning isn’t why I’m cheering for Andy Reid. It’s because Andy is now the underdog. This is now a story about a person to me, and not just a football coach and football games. I want Andy Reid the person to overcome adversity, defeat the odds, and win it all. I want him to die a hero. Well, I don’t want him to die, but get the picture.
I don’t expect too many people to join me, but you’re welcome to join Team Andy. It might even be more fun next year, to cheer for someone to succeed instead of just waiting for him to fail.
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
– Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight