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Philadelphia Eagles and their Fans Had a Date with Destiny
Express-Times ^ | 1/24/05 | Rudy Miller

Posted on 01/24/2005 6:26:36 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

The Eagles' faithful suffered through three consecutive losses in the conference championship game, and when their football team made it to the Super Bowl on Sunday for the first time in more than 20 years, they erupted in joy.

"I've been to all the championship games, and this, I can't explain," said Easton resident Felipe Garcia as he sniffed back tears. "It's priceless. We deserve it."

Garcia was one of about 200 Lehigh Valley residents who rode one of four Trans Bridge Lines buses to the landmark game at Lincoln Financial Field.

"This was history today," said Jack Trimble of Bethlehem Township. "It was long overdue."

Fans counted down the seconds as the game clock expired to a thunderous cheer. Strangers high-fived outside the stadium as cars blared their horns.

Bethlehem Township resident Pat Wagner was there. He hasn't missed a game in the past four years.

"Finally, we won something," Wagner said. "It was awesome. There isn't much else to say."

Snowfall from the previous day and a half didn't affect the bus tour. The group traveled in style. One busload consumed six pizzas and an unspecified number of cases of beer while watching a DVD of Super Bowl highlights.

Wagner is following the Eagles to Jacksonville, but he won't be traveling quite as luxuriously. He will be one of 40 people crammed into two recreational vehicles.

"It only sleeps about five, so I'll be sleeping on the kitchen counter," Wagner said. "Go Birds!"

Wagner's sister, Julie, was "sick as a dog" but braved the frigid temperatures and made the trip.

"I'm proud of them," Julie Wagner said of the Eagles. "Finally, they broke the curse, or whatever it was."

Fans wore layers of clothing to brace themselves from the fierce winds and low temperature.

"It was very cold, but the energy kept us warm," said Scott Wolbach of Walnutport. His 9-year-old son stood on his seat for the entire game and postgame celebration.

"There was all kinds of fireworks and confetti flying around," Scott Wolbach said.

What a change from the past two years.

"I didn't eat solid food for a week the first year," said Denny Snyder of Macungie, who was referring to his diet after the Eagles lost the NFC Championship Game to Tampa Bay in 2003.

Garcia said he was offered $1,000 for his pair of tickets, but he turned down the offer and has no regrets. The longtime fan in the green and white wig said he's going to frame one of the ticket stubs and hang it on the wall in his garage.

"I cried at halftime," Garcia said. "I cried at the end of the game. I had a great feeling inside me that they were going to win this game."


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Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Andy Reid!
1 posted on 01/24/2005 6:26:37 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Headline should read:

"Philadelphia Eagles and their fans have a date with dynasty."


2 posted on 01/24/2005 6:30:35 AM PST by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
"I didn't eat solid food for a week the first year," said Denny Snyder of Macungie, who was referring to his diet after the Eagles lost the NFC Championship Game to Tampa Bay in 2003.

Watching football is certainly a lot of fun and entertaining - but is 22 men chasing an oblong ball up and down a field really worth all this?

3 posted on 01/24/2005 6:32:27 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Owl_Eagle; Temple Owl

Eagles'Ping


4 posted on 01/24/2005 6:34:31 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
As a Pats fan and a Boston sports fan, I know the pain of losing.

I also know that winning goes a long way in healing that pain.

I will be rooting for the Pats mostly to halt the stupid debates about whether or not this Patriot era is a Dynasty (of course it is).

With that being said, the only team I would feel least badly about losing to is the Eagles, so if Donavan, Andy and Co. take Lombardi home to Philly, I will have no hard feelings.

I may even be happy for them.
5 posted on 01/24/2005 6:34:57 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: 2banana

"but is 22 men chasing an oblong ball up and down a field really worth all this?"


I'd do it for their salary.


6 posted on 01/24/2005 6:35:01 AM PST by Blzbba (Don't hate the player - hate the game!)
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To: Wristpin

yea to lose to NE


7 posted on 01/24/2005 6:35:10 AM PST by since1868
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Phillie, you are much much too happy. Only losers are HAPPY over conference championships. Patriots will only get happy after they CRUSH eagles. No need to even tune this one in.

Patriots dance on bald eagles 31-10.

8 posted on 01/24/2005 6:35:37 AM PST by McBuff
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To: Owl_Eagle
Congratulations-you guys are having a heck of a year.

The worst part for this Giants fan is that we could have had Trotter and Acorsi thought he was done (not that it would have made a difference).

9 posted on 01/24/2005 6:37:06 AM PST by MattinNJ (What? I thought we were in the tree of compassion and the nest of understanding-Frank the Tank)
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To: Wristpin
"Philadelphia Eagles and their fans have a date with dynasty."

super bowl bump

10 posted on 01/24/2005 6:37:42 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Compassion is not defined by how much of other peoples money you wish to give away.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Congrats Eagles!

And it a damn shame that the Steelers didn't even bother to show up for last nights game!

11 posted on 01/24/2005 6:39:51 AM PST by cuz_it_aint_their_money (Now that I've made it onto Taglinus FreeRepublicus, guess I've got to come up with a new tagline!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I'm ecstatic that the team finally busted down the door to the Super Bowl!

However, I feel for the veterans that helped build the franchise that are were not part of the team this year; Duce Staley, Troy Vincent, and Bobby Taylor.

They will forever be Eagles in my heart of hearts.


12 posted on 01/24/2005 6:40:56 AM PST by trifona
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To: randita

Eagles' Ping!


13 posted on 01/24/2005 6:41:42 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Philadelphia Eagles and their Fans Had a Date with Destiny

Correction:

Philadelphia Eagles and their Fans Had Have a Date with Destiny an ass-whuppin'.

14 posted on 01/24/2005 6:42:30 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: Wristpin

Destined to lose to the pats.


16 posted on 01/24/2005 6:51:40 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Never underestimate the power of human stupidity--Robert Heinlein)
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To: bullseye876
Asses will be whupped. Including blue and white with red accent asses.

I have come up with the Freerepublic windbag law. The Eagles chances of winning are inversely proportional to the number of winbags on FR who insist that they won't win.

17 posted on 01/24/2005 6:56:36 AM PST by Stentor
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To: 2banana

"Watching football is certainly a lot of fun and entertaining - but is 22 men chasing an oblong ball up and down a field really worth all this?"

Yes - yes it is worth it. you obviously are not a sports fan.


18 posted on 01/24/2005 7:07:04 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: Tribune7; Hatboro Mike; dwilli; The Toll; mainepatsfan; NCC-1701; jpf; Fishface; 1Old Pro; ...

A well-deserved ping to the Philadelphia Eagles!


19 posted on 01/24/2005 7:07:14 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: 2banana
but is 22 men chasing an oblong ball up and down a field really worth all this?

WHAT!?!?!? Heretic! Apostate!

For your punishment you must shave a perfect likeness of Tom Brady into the side of your head!

20 posted on 01/24/2005 7:09:50 AM PST by thoughtomator (Meet the new Abbas, same as the old Abbas)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

21 posted on 01/24/2005 7:12:50 AM PST by gopwinsin04
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

22 posted on 01/24/2005 7:14:12 AM PST by gopwinsin04
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To: Stentor
The Eagles chances of winning are inversely proportional to the number of winbags on FR who insist that they won't win.
Are you sure you meant that?
23 posted on 01/24/2005 7:22:45 AM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: since1868
yea to lose to NE

Vegas sez by at least 7

24 posted on 01/24/2005 7:27:53 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: bikepacker67
Are you sure you meant that?

You got me. No I didn't. I plead excessive Yuengling Lager.

25 posted on 01/24/2005 7:32:08 AM PST by Stentor
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To: McBuff
Phillie, you are much much too happy. Only losers are HAPPY over conference championships.

Don't be ridiculous, Fans can be happy. Donovan looked to be very focused on the next task at the trophy ceremony. Several other Eagles players made the same point -- that this isn't over.

26 posted on 01/24/2005 7:32:20 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thanks, they're peaking at the right time. (too bad they were "rusty"...lol)

The Super Bowl, contrary to popular opinion, is going to be great!
27 posted on 01/24/2005 7:33:50 AM PST by jpf
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To: Tallguy

There they go again, doubting us just like the media doubts GW. It's great to be misunderestimated!


28 posted on 01/24/2005 7:35:09 AM PST by jpf
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To: ninonitti
Here's the problem for the Eagles: give the Patriots' coaching staff two weeks to come up with a way to win the game and the Patriots will win the game.
29 posted on 01/24/2005 7:38:42 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: RayChuang88

Yeah,...here's the Pats problem, Andy Reid always wins after a bye week. Look it up, it's a fact.

Both these teams are balanced, talented, and well coached. It will be a great game.


30 posted on 01/24/2005 7:46:50 AM PST by jpf
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To: RayChuang88
Here's the problem for the Eagles: give the Patriots' coaching staff two weeks to come up with a way to win the game and the Patriots will win the game.

Andy Reid's Eagles have never lost a game after a bye-week. Can't say the same for Bill Belichick. See Week 10 in 2000, Week 8 in 2002. Even when Philly went 5-11 in 1999 in Reid and McNabb's first year, we won after our bye-week.

31 posted on 01/24/2005 7:47:38 AM PST by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

"...A well-deserved ping to the Philadelphia Eagles!..."

OK, 'bout time. Now they have to start prepping for the New England Patriots. Not exactly chipped beef. They are not the kind of team to get your FIRST Super Bowl championship banner off of. The next two weeks will certainly be entertaining.


32 posted on 01/24/2005 7:49:10 AM PST by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT, PURE AND SIMPLE!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: trifona

However, I feel for the veterans that helped build the franchise that are were not part of the team this year; Duce Staley, Troy Vincent, and Bobby Taylor.

They will forever be Eagles in my heart of hearts.






I was thinking the exact same thing last night.


33 posted on 01/24/2005 7:50:37 AM PST by hipaatwo
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To: Wristpin
"Philadelphia Eagles and their fans have a date with dynasty."

LOL

34 posted on 01/24/2005 7:50:58 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: NCC-1701
They are not the kind of team to get your FIRST Super Bowl championship banner off of.
I'm a frothing-at-the-mouth Pats fan, but you could say the same thing about our first SB victory over the '01 Rams.
35 posted on 01/24/2005 7:52:14 AM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
GO EAGLES!!

So many posters here at FR were predicting that Michael Vick was going to help the Falcons trounce the Eagles in an easy win. Where are those "experts" today....and BTW where was this "Michael Vick"....it seemed to us that he didn't really show-up at the game!!!!

36 posted on 01/24/2005 7:52:34 AM PST by all4one (My thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers.....and their families)
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To: Stentor

I'm an Eagles fan and I remember last year the same thing. Carolina will be creamed, but they only lost by a field goal and gave New England a run for their money. I don't know if the Eagles will win but if they are beaten I think they will make New England work for it.


37 posted on 01/24/2005 7:52:43 AM PST by hipaatwo
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To: all4one
So many posters here at FR were predicting that Michael Vick was going to help the Falcons trounce the Eagles in an easy win.
I was one who thought that Atlanta would be victorious.
Afterall, with three consecutive chokes by the Eagles, what was I supposed to think??
38 posted on 01/24/2005 7:55:35 AM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: all4one
So many posters here at FR were predicting that Michael Vick was going to help the Falcons trounce the Eagles in an easy win. Where are those "experts" today....and BTW where was this "Michael Vick"....it seemed to us that he didn't really show-up at the game!!!!

Vick was AWFUL, proving that the pocket quarterbacks who can actually pass are better than running quarterbacks.

Second, the Falcons defense stunk. My conclusion, if the Falcons and Eagles are the two best teams, the rest must really stink.

39 posted on 01/24/2005 7:55:37 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: all4one
So many posters here at FR were predicting that Michael Vick was going to help the Falcons trounce the Eagles in an easy win. Where are those "experts" today?

I pinged those posters who were predicting an Eagles's defeat, and I'm waiting for them to show up!

40 posted on 01/24/2005 7:55:59 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: bikepacker67; Stentor
The Eagles chances of winning are inversely proportional to the number of winbags on FR who insist that they won't win.
Are you sure you meant that?

Philly fans are not good at math.

Or tying shoelaces.

Or walking and chewing gum...

41 posted on 01/24/2005 7:56:31 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: ninonitti

I may take those points


42 posted on 01/24/2005 8:00:00 AM PST by since1868
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To: AmishDude
Philly fans are not good at math. Or tying shoelaces. Or walking and chewing gum...

You sound like another Democrat talking about Pres. Bush.

43 posted on 01/24/2005 8:00:32 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory.
Fight Eagles fight, score a touchdown 1-2-3.

Hit 'em low,
Hit 'em high,
And we'll watch our Eagles fly.

Fly Eagles fly on the road to victory.


44 posted on 01/24/2005 8:00:45 AM PST by LongsforReagan (GO EAGLES.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Can you add me to the Eagles ping list?

Thanks Doc!


45 posted on 01/24/2005 8:01:10 AM PST by LongsforReagan (GO EAGLES.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles and coach Andy Reid!

Enjoy it while it lasts, Iggles fans, because you're about to meet the Grim Reaper in the Superbowl.

46 posted on 01/24/2005 8:02:22 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I've done my part by openly inviting all the Philly haters to kiss my ass.


47 posted on 01/24/2005 8:02:44 AM PST by Libertarian4Bush (fly eagles fly)
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To: bikepacker67

Those three consecutive chokes....as you say....just goes to show that the Eagles have proven with their four consecutive "winning" seasons that they deserve to be in the Super Bowl. With teams such as Tampa Bay...it was just one season of luck.


48 posted on 01/24/2005 8:03:50 AM PST by all4one (My thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers.....and their families)
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To: 1Old Pro

I thought they were rusty and didnt have a chance? Werent they supposed to blow it?

:)


49 posted on 01/24/2005 8:04:18 AM PST by LongsforReagan (GO EAGLES.)
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To: LongsforReagan
Can you add me to the Eagles ping list?

Sure. I'll make up a ping list from from anyone who posts on this thread.

50 posted on 01/24/2005 8:04:32 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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