I don’t want this to sound like I’m gloating, because I’m not. Not really.
I understand truly disappointing and shocking losses. I’ve even witnessed a few (or too many to mention) in my lifetime. And so, I’d usually try to be sympathetic to Redskins fans after their boys lost to a team that hadn’t won since December 2007.
Or, rather, I would be more sympathetic if I didn’t get so much crap in this city for being an Eagles fan.
I understand it, of course. I don’t know how it is in other divisions, but in the NFC East the rivalries are extremely deep-seated. I once walked down the street with a friend, while I was wearing my Eagles jersey and he had his Redskins one on, and we were stopped by a stranger.
“Whoa,” he said, “Redskins and Eagles? You guys know you’re supposed to hate each other, right?“
Only on game day.
(For the most part.)
Skins fans – I can’t say that I’m truly sorry, because that would be a lie. Your losses can only help our ranking within the division. But I can say that I feel your pain – even as I laugh about it a bit. And, as the DCist wrote:
“the Lions had to win sometime; it just so happened that it was against the Redskins…just remember: these types of stomach punches are kinda what make sports so good. The masochistic relationship we have with teams which make the high of winning feel that much better.“
What a great consolation, right?
Stomach punches really put things in perspective.