On Monday my dad, brother sister and I went to the Redskins vs. Eagles game (bringing me one step closer to my unofficial goal of seeing every professional Washington sports team play live within a calendar year). It was actually quite the trek to get there because the stadium is almost a mile from the metro station but it was fun being with them so the mile didn’t seem so long. Now, you are probably wondering, why is she wearing an Eagles jersey? Well its because my brother is a huge eagles fan. Going to see this game was actually his birthday present. He gave me his extra jersey which was a long dress on me haha. Even though the Redskins lost (big surprise) it was a fun experience. There’s just something about sports games that brings out the best and worst in people.
It was really cool how the other Eagles fans embraced us. I’m talking hugs, high fives, smiles… it was great. I didn’t even know these people and there was such camaraderie there. I bet you could go to a sporting event by yourself and
still make friends because everyone cheering for the same team loves each other. I mean my brother made friends with the two guys he was sitting next to, as they were also Eagles fans. Every time the Eagles scored (which was alot) we would all jump up and start hugging… and these are random people I’ve never met. We had one thing in common: the Eagles (even though I was a poser) and that’s all that mattered. The ability of people from different walks of life to come together for 3 hours and cheer for one common purpose is kind of amazing. This is probably why I like watching professional sports games live. But as much love that goes around, there is also that arbitrary hate.
Spotted within one minute of each other:
An Eagles fan walking up to other Eagles fans after the game and hugging them while they all congratulated themselves on winning the game (because they had so much to do with it).
An Eagles fan walking up to a bunch of Redskins fans and saying “you all are garbage”. Haha WHAT?! can you just say that?
Which brings me to my next point:
As much as games bring out the harmony in people. It also brings out this really ugly side of people as well. I saw at least three fights that had to be broken up. One fight even included an old man whose dentures started coming out so he had to stop and put them back in (hilarious). For the same reason that fans of the same team feel so connected to each other, they feel extremely disconnected from fans of the other team. So in one night I saw love and hate, and extreme forms of it all over the stadium. Why can’t we just all get along, for the love of the game?