Torn between leading his Villanova team in a home game against Seton Hall and witnessing his home team the PhiladelphiaEagles play in the Super Bowl LII, head coach Jay Wright came up with a perfect plan to have an experience of both worlds. He’d go for his game and then rush to town for the big Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Team Titles
Eagles: NFL championships: 1948, 1949, 1960
76ers: Championships: 1955, 1967, 1983
Flyers: Stanley Cups: 1973–74, 1974–75
After his game, he’d run through his duties of addressing his team members and holding a post-game press conference, rundown to the airport to board the private plane he had hired – and in two and a half hours, be in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl. It seemed like the perfect plan in his head but upon critical analysis, he realised it wouldn’t be easy to pull off.
He had secured a number of tickets for the Super Bowl, and wasn’t going to miss a thing in the game. As a die-hard Eagles fan who had stuck with the team through their many trying years, he couldn’t risk not witnessing the Eagles stage a performance in what could be described as their ultimate win on the biggest stage in football. But even though he could not openly admit it, it was almost crystal clear that the Eagles odds for Super Bowl were against them. He had to make the tough decision of giving away his tickets. However, there was a plan B -if he couldn’t witness the game, he could share in the experience by being a part of the celebrations of the Eagles. So he booked a room in downtown Philadelphia for his arrival after his game on Sunday. Fans will be all over the streets celebrating the big win, and he’ll get the chance to partake in the celebrations.
A college basketball coach going all the way to support his local team makes a good story, but it’s more than just love for the game. Jay is one of the many Eagles fans whose earnest desire is to see their beloved team win the opposition at Super Bowl. Ever since their 1960 NFL victory when Chuck Bednarik and Norm Van Brocklin led the team, they haven’t had much reasons to celebrate as their journey has been one of disappointments and frustrations. Now, all that is about to change in what looks like an opportunity for the Eagles to redeem themselves.
It hasn’t always been a sob story for Philadelphians in sports. In the past 45 years, they have had a taste of victory at different levels. Their wins include the 1980 and 2008 World Series by the Phillies, the 1983 NBA title by the Sixers and a consecutive 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cups by the Flyers. However, they are yet to witness their most loved team in the city take home the highly coveted Lombardi Trophy. Winning this trophy against a highly placed team like the New EnglandPatriots would be double victory.
The circumstances surrounding the Eagles’ qualifying for the Super Bowl are inspiring. They fought doggedly for this opportunity to prove their worth. As they step into the U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday February 4, fans are hoping that they’ll come out victorious. It’ll take more than hard work from the team members to make this happen. Fans will be on ground to play their own part – cheering and praying all the way.
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My gosh, i didn’t realize it until NBC just pointed it out that Philadelphia’s 4 sports teams have combined for only 9 championships. They should pass a local law making it mandatory to include the 5 titles the A’s won and the Stars’ USFL title.
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