Hit us low, hit us high: Philly sports fans ride an emotional roller coaster

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 10:38:34 AM. Of all the many words used to describe Philadelphia sports fans, optimistic is not one of them.
Hit ‘em low, hit ‘em high and watch our Eagles fly. Philadelphians have sung these words loud and proud for years. We sing the Eagles fight song for every occasion — at the games, on the bus, in the streets. These words are more than a battle cry for our team as they leave it all out there on the field; they ring true for all fans too. We are all too familiar with the highs and lows of loving our Philly teams. Before this week, many fans were hesitant to embrace the possibility of a Super Bowl win — even as the team racked up win after win. And who could blame us fans? Our hearts have been broken so many times; we’re afraid of jinxing the possibility of a good thing. Of all the many words used to describe Philadelphia sports fans, optimistic is not one of them. But with the Eagles sitting on top of the NFL at 8-1 heading into their bye week, the Super Bowl chatter, in Philadelphia, around the country, and in Vegas, got louder. On Tuesday morning, Bovada released odds that the Eagles are favored to win Super Bowl LII, at 4-1. On top of that, the beloved QB Carson Wentz is the MVP favorite, at 1-1. Related: NFL says if Eagles go to the Super Bowl, fans can’t watch the game at the Linc. Why not? | Ronnie Polaneczky With odds like that, even the most nervous sports fans started to think that victory — and the high that comes along with winning — is possible. And then, just at the moment that sports fans were feeling hopeful, we lost Doc. An overwhelming sadness swept the...Read more
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