The New England Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night. Many previews have been written. You’ve likely read something about how “The game will be won by -insert non-skill positions-”, or “What the -insert team name- need to do to beat the -insert other team name.”
Here’s one about why both teams deserve to lose the Super Bowl.
-They are wearing green.
This one is actually out of their control, but still deserves mention. The AFC and NFC rotate being the home team in each Super Bowl. This year was the AFC’s turn, and the Patriots picked white. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the team in white has won the past six Super Bowls, and 12 of the past 13. Philadelphia also wore green in Super Bowls XXXIX and XV, losing both.
-There will be blood.
The Philadelphia Police Department sent a notice to businesses near Lincoln Financial Field saying they couldn’t guarantee safety if the Eagles won the NFC Championship. Fans immediately took to the streets after the victory over Minnesota. Imagine if they actually won the Super Bowl — chaos.
There’s still a chance fans riot if the Eagles lose, too. Oh well. At least we’ll get some funny videos of guys falling off light posts.
They’re not quite on a Cleveland Browns level, but the Eagles are on of the most snakebitten franchises in NFL history. People love seeing them come ups short. Let’s name a few incidents…
- Losing 3 straight NFC Championships
- Donovan McNabb breaking his ribs in the third NFC Championship
- Finally winning an NFC Championship, then losing the Super Bowl
- Donovan McNabb going down in 2006, leaving Jeff Garcia to lead the team through the playoffs
- Losing another NFC Championship
- Chip Kelly trading every good player
- Carson Wentz getting injured, leaving Nick Foles to take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl
New England Patriots
-Tom Brady won MVP
It’s pretty amazing that Brady put up the numbers he did at age 40. But last four quarterbacks to win MVP and play in the Super Bowl all lost. Most recently was Matt Ryan, who got to experience the comeback from down 28-3 first hand.
-Nick Foles is the opposing quarterback
The only quarterback ever to beat Brady in a Super Bowl is Eli Manning. Above average at best, Manning has strong shot at the Hall of Fame simply because he beat the GOAT in not one, but two Super Bowls. How funny would it be if Nick Foles of all people joined this club exclusive club?
-It’s someone else’s turn.
Do Tom Brady and Bill Belichick really need to play in an eighth Super Bowl? Do Tom Brady and Bill Belichick really need to win a sixth Super Bowl? Tom Brady is the best quarterback ever, and Bill Belichick is the best coach ever. We’ve seen enough.