Eagles fans are celebrating in July their Super Bowl win from February after shutting down a street to have a spirited watch party.
You’ve heard the cliché that the NFL has no offseason. Teams go straight from the postseason into pre-draft activities, rookie mini-camps then free agency. Players go straight to the gym to spend all spring and summer getting ready for fall (maybe you’ve seen a video or two involving box jumps?).
Well, I hope you’re sitting down because it turns out there’s no such thing as an offseason for Philly fans either.
A street had been blocked off and a 20-foot screen was brought in for a World Cup Final viewing party this morning. Following the win by France, they put on the replay of their Super Bowl win over the Patriots.
It’s mid-July. I figured most of the town would still be fighting off the hangover from the Super Bowl or maybe even focusing on the NL East-leading Phillies. Instead, Eagles fans are already in midseason form. And they’re shirtless. And they’re boosting their case to be ranked very high in the Fandom 250 in December after showing this type of spirited fansmanship.
As the Birds come off a Super Bowl win and a big free agency, they’re heading into the upcoming season with as much confidence and momentum as the team has ever had. The fact that their fanbase is riding the same momentum is terrifying, in a good way.
The regular season is less than eight weeks away and the early part of the Eagles’ schedule includes an NFC Championship rematch against the Vikings, in Philly.
This is uncharted territory for Eagles fans but the excitement they’re showing in July shows no signs of slowing as the Super Bowl jubilation is likely to linger deep into the fall and winter as they try to repeat.