So since the SuperBowl was this past weekend (Congrats Eagles fans!), I thought the time would be right to share a quick Real Estate Story relating to football. About 12-15 years ago, we were in the process of selling a home to a nice couple that had a little boy. One day towards the end of the sale, the mother came by the office to sign some paperwork and she had just picked up her son from school. Our office manager, Christy, met with them to go over the paperwork and show them where to sign. The boy, about age 8, was wearing a Steelers Jersey. Christy, knowing that Wayne, Jackie, and Zach are big Steelers fans, comments on the jersey. “Wow that’s a cool jersey! You’re a Steelers fan too? We have several big Steelers fans that work here…” Much to Christy’s surprise, he looked disgusted. “No!” He replied, “I hate the Steelers! I like the Eagles..” Puzzled, Christy looked to the mother for explanation. She could hardly contain her laughter before elaborating, “When he’s being punished, we make him wear this Jersey, I am the Steelers fan and he hates to wear it”.
Well, if that boy continued to be an Eagles fan he had a very good weekend as did the rest of the fanatical Philadelphia fanbase. Actually, anyone who was sick of Tom Brady’s Patriots (like me) had a good weekend as the game was exceptional, breaking all kinds of offensive records and featuring a dramatic finish. The head coach for the Eagles, Doug Pederson, was very bold and brave, going for it on 4th down instead of punting on more than one occasion, very gutsy indeed. That’s the type of boldness necessary for victory on the biggest stage in sports, boldness required to topple a sports empire like the Patriots. The stories of most of the main people involved in the Eagles unexpected ascension are well chronicled in a great article on the Sports illustrated website; https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/06/super-bowl-2018-eagles-patriots-nick-foles-doug-pederson-howie-roseman
The Eagles are a young and eager team so who knows what the future will hold for them in the coming years. Whether it marks the start of a new Sports Dynasty or not, SuperBowl 52 will be remembered and celebrated for a long time for the men that brought an improbable championship to the oft maligned Eagles fans; the Head Coach that was deemed too inexperienced to be successful, the General Manager cast aside for years by his own organization, and the career backup Quarterback that had all but retired from the sport. It’s actually a really inspiring story to not give up on your dreams, and most important of all, never give up on yourself. You might just topple a dynasty someday after all..