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3 Reasons We Should All Be Married to an Eagles Fan

by Carl Thomas on January 22nd, 2018 in Couples

So this past Sunday the underdog Philadelphia Eagles absolutely annihilated the Minnesota Vikings. And of course, all of the Philly haters are now coming out… as they always do.

Let me get this out of the way…

Yes… I love the Eagles.
Yes, I live in South Jersey so I’m a little biased.
Yes, I hate the Dallas Cowboys and NY Giants.

And yes, I love the fact that Philly has such a rough and tough reputation.

BUT, I have to admit, the constant whinings from other team’s fans and the media about how nasty we are, how hot and cold we are, how loud we are, and how “we don’t deserve it” gets super annoying.


Because those people just don’t get it.

We aren’t thugs.
We aren’t jerks.
We aren’t blowhards.


Here’s the thing… fans who are wishy-washy, quiet when they lose and loud when they win, and are generally meek and mild and pats everyone on the back are lousy fans. The type of mealy-mouthed “fans” that make most of us want to vomit.

Passion is not just a good thing.
It’s a great thing.

And it’s something we all need more of, especially in our marriage.

I’m convinced that if we all treated our marriages the way Philly fans treat the Eagles we wouldn’t see as many divorces, as many affairs,  and as many miserable couples in counseling as we do.

Yea, once long ago we threw snowballs at Santa (get over it, it was 1968 and the guy sucked). But we know passion, and we know how to treat something we love.

Here are 3 reasons everyone should want to be married to someone who treats their marriage like an Eagles fan.

1. Eagles fans let you when you are doing good, and they also let you know when you are doing bad.

This is actually one of the common things you hear when people criticize Eagles fans. “Oh, those fans boo their players… what the *%^&% type of fans are they?”

I’ll tell you.

They are fans that care. Passionately.

There’s a big difference between abandoning your team and booing your team

We may boo. We never abandon.

In fact, the only way you can get season tickets in this city is if you inherit them. That’s because no one ever lets go of their tickets. They love this team too dang much.

Who wants fans that don’t care enough to speak up when things are off?

And if you are smart, you don’t want a spouse like that either.

A healthy marriage is one where each person build the other up when things are good, but also cares enough about their relationship that they will say something when things are not right.

It’s called caring.
It’s called passion.

It’s something you want in your marriage.

2. Eagles fans will relentlessly defend what they love.

It’s pretty hilarious, but there were a ton of reports about people warning Vikings fans not to wear their colors into the Eagles stadium, because they may get attacked. Like Eagles fans are a bunch of barbarians who walk around dragging their women by their hair with one hand while wielding a bat wrapped with barb wire in the other.


I admit, Eagles fans can be aggressive. Very much so. (And yes, on some occasions there have been fights… but that’s because the individuals were drunk idiots, not because they were Eagles fans.)

Say what you will, but I love the fact that our fans love our team so much that they have gained the reputation for being like a momma bear when the enemy comes walking into our house.

Only if we treated our marriages with so much ferocity!

When things like porn, workplace flirtations, and questionable social media decisions come into a marriage we should attack those things with all our might.

No, “Well it’s ok .. they didn’t mean any harm.”

No quarter. No surrender. No sir. Never.

Just an all-out attack because the enemy is coming into your house and it’s on you to snuff the life out of it.

3. Eagles fans know how to celebrate.

I was at the divisional playoff game a couple weeks ago when the Eagles beat the Falcons. When Ryan failed to connect with Julio Jones in the end zone on 4th down that stadium erupted. I mean it literally blew up!

Watch this video to see what I mean … my son is the kid at the end with the green hair.

Call it bravado. Call it being an east coast loudmouth.

But when we win, we yell as loud as anyone on the planet. And we’ll high five and hug everyone around us, even if they don’t smell that good.

Cause we celebrate the thing we love.

And if you are married, you should do the same thing.

Listen, life is challenging. Marriage can be hard.

We don’t always get a lot of wins in life… but when we do, we need to celebrate them… and I mean C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!!!

Because when the hard times come, and they eventually will, you’ll be able to look back and remember the wins. And it will be those memories that carry you through to the next win, no matter how far off it may be.

So next time you piss, moan, and cry about how “mean” the Eagles fans are, and how they are bullies, and thugs, and Santa haters, etc… remember this. It’s only because we care that much

It’s not intoxication (ok, sometimes it is), it’s PASSION.

And while you may not want to wear your team’s jersey sitting next to an Eagles fan, you might want to think about marrying one.

Dilly, Dilly!



  • JustinBKerr

    I can’t argue with your passion, Carl, and you make some excellent points about fighting for your marriage. I admit I’m spoiled as a Patriots fan. They’ve had such great success over the past 17 years (and, yes, I was a fan back in the dark days of the 90s) that you begin to take winning for granted. And I suppose that’s another take away from the football/marriage analogy: even if you are experiencing a great marriage don’t take it for granted and don’t stop putting in the hard work, day after day, to keep it that way.

  • tony

    Sports……just another addiction! So sad, why am I even here? This web site is just a diversion to more worldly of center SINS!!!!

  • Dean Swift

    Hi Carl. Your article has really resonated with me. I live in Sydney, Australia and although I am a Cleveland Browns fan in the NFL, my real passion is for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the Australian National Rugby League. The Dragons are the team I grew up with and I have been a fan for over 40 years. In my biased opinion we have the most passionate fans in the league.We cheer as loudly as anyone when they win and boo them when they under perform. But we love our Dragons and win lose or draw we stay with them through thick and thin. I find that whether they win or lose really affects my mood.

    Your article made me realise that my passion for my marriage hasn’t been the same. My wife and I were drifting apart. Just last year I emotionally checked out, I really didn’t care anymore if our marriage was a success or failure. But your article made me see that I need to be more passionate about my marriage than about my football team, and for good reason. Biblically my wife and I are one flesh, God has made us from two to one and what God has joined together let no-one separate (Matthew 19:6). How dare I not care about my marriage when God joined us together. So I decided that this year I would re-commit myself to my marriage. I would appreciate my wife instead of seeing the negative, and I would love her as Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25). I would love her no matter her treatment towards me just as Christ loved me despite my sinful nature. Just after I prayerfully made this decision, much to my surprise, and as much as I don’t deserve it, my wife gave me the same commitment! Praise God for a wonderful answer to prayer.

    Congratulations on the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl. I will be supporting them as I was encouraged to read of the faith of Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and some of the others. Enjoy the game.

    And congratulations on a great article. It may have just changed my life.

    Dilly Dilly!

    Your brother in Christ,


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