>>  Save the Eagles

BY: SAL DILENA


As we may all know, the Eagles won the Superbowl against the Patriots. What occurred after the fact is what we will focus on. Philadelphia was ecstatic about their win against the Patriots; so much so that they held a parade to celebrate their win. This parade devolved into a bit of a riot as the night grew darker. A mix of alcohol and excitement caused crowds to run through the streets breaking and raiding whatever stood in their path. The police handled the situation quite well as they diverted the crowed like a herd of stampeding cattle through the streets, until they either passed out or went home. Despite this, the city is still counting the cost of the parade and the damages done. The city and the Eagles said that they will split the bill for both the damages and the parade itself. I’ve asked students here at Stonewall Jackson High School what they felt about the behavior in Philly. "Alright, for me, I think while it wasn’t appropriate to do all that, I think it wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. Most of the city was just partying in the streets and generally being happy that they won something. The looting and severe riots weren’t wide spread and the only reason it felt like it was because of the internet. Plus, people act like this is the first time this kind of thing has happened after a team won a big game and it isn’t. That’s being said Philly certainly didn’t help its reputation,” said Cameron Faatz. He is right that this isn’t the first time that this has happened with a team. As shown back in 1979, a victory parade was thrown for the Seattle Seahawks, which cost them around $340,000. This was the total cost for the parade and damages. " I get the excitement of 'Holy cow, we actually did something worth doing for once', but the destruction and general chaos that happened really just enforces the stereotype of Eagles fans. Their rep is that Eagles fans are generally aggressive people that take sports too seriously, as demonstrated by their onsite jail within the stadium. It's kind of ridiculous that on top of having to pay for an onsite jail, they managed to trash a whole city, and cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage to businesses, some of which were family owned and don’t make the kind of profit necessary to rebuild from the ground up," stated Em Poland. In conclusion, the consensus is that the behavior demonstrated in Philadelphia isn't considered acceptable by fans and rivals alike.