Biggest Rival

Posted: July 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 116 Comments »

I hate the Dallas Cowboys more than any other NFL team. To me, they are the biggest rival for the Eagles. Beating them makes the sun a little brighter, the PBR a little colder and the Funyuns a little Funyunier.

But I know some of you feel differently.

If you live near Giants fans, that makes Big Blue all the more fun to hate. Or maybe you’re down near DC and have to deal with Skins fans. You might see them as the biggest rival. I can’t imagine any team outside the division is considered a truly bitter rival at this point. I know some hate the Patriots for beating the Eagles in the Super Bowl. I know some people hate the Steelers since they are in western PA with a handful of Super Bowl rings.

So who do you think of as the Eagles biggest rival?

Who else do you hate?

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  • shady25

    1-Cowboys 2-Giants 3-Saints

    • tommy_the_k

      I still wear my “Dallas sucks” pin that my Dad bought me in the late 70′s. Can’t wait till that first SB ring and really get obnoxious over all these fans.

  • Mike Roman

    My father taught me to hate the Cowboys with a passion and I do to this day. The Giants have become a very close second over the years and I think that’s because they’ve been the biggest threat to the Eagles (in the division) in recent memory. Jim Fassel, Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey, Michael Strahan, Victor Cruz … all HATE-ABLE. Then you got the New York bias and the d*ck sucking of Eli Manning….err…maybe I do hate them more than Dallas.

    I grew up in Lancaster County and had to deal with a lot of Pittsburgh fans. I respect the franchise and love their tough nosed style of football, BUT the fans are so annoying. Not to bring politics into it, but the Steelers fans in Central PA are all of the conservatives, NRA guys, cycle guys, hunters, etc.

    Then there’s Baltimore … half of their fans were Steelers fans or Redskins fans at one point. Those fans are obnoxious and hero worship a murderer. The team’s uniforms are countless degrees of ugly. Ugh.

    In summary:

    1. Dallas
    1a. NYG
    2. Baltimore
    3. Pittsburgh
    4. Green Bay (best fans in the league..pffft. Those fans were nowhere to be found for 30+ years until Bret Fraud and company came along).
    5. Indy / New Orleans / Atlanta (talk about fraud fan bases)

    • Tumtum

      Baltimore is surprising to see from you. A bunch of Ravens fans are former Philly fans too. I grew up just outside of DC but always hated the skins. In fact most of bmore has always hated anything DC (sort of a napolean complex..)If the Ravens were around when I was a kid I would of probably been a fan of theirs.

      Their fans are similar to Philly fans in a lot of ways, I think. I think a bunch of Philly fans suck though…So you might have a point there.

      • Mike Roman

        I think the thing with me and Baltimore is that half of the Steelers fans in Lancaster Co. became Ravens fans over night and suddenly hated the Steelers.

      • Wiztopher

        You get on a Philly forum and say a bunch of us suck….hmmm, i bet there’s a bunch of bmore fans that suck too. In fact, i bet theres fans evsrywhere that suck, dude.

        My gf’s fam lives outside bmore n all I get is shit from them…until we beat u guys the other year n all I heard was crickets. But I don’t go saying a bunch of bmore fans suck

        • A_T_G

          Tumtum is a certified Eagles fan. I think the point he was making, the same one you made, is that every fan base, even ours, has a contingent of annoying fans. He wasn’t trolling.

    • morenthemiddle

      hey where in Lancaster are you from? i grew up in E-Town. My father since i started watching football and the Eagles has always told me that any self respecting Eagles fan hates Dallas. I do agree with you that the Pittsburgh fan in that area can make one hate the steelers.

      • Mike Roman

        I grew up in Leola but have been in Bucks county for the last 15 years. My parents and sister still live out there. I have a brother in Lititz.

  • Randy

    Depends on where you live. I live in Bears/Cowboys country in the midwest. Cowboys my clear rival, but if I was in Jersey, it would probably be the Giants. As a Flyers fan, I hate the Blackhawks more than the Pens or Rangers. Basically it’s what awful fan base you have to deal with the most.

  • Nah__Roots

    Pats. No explanation necessary.

  • Sconces

    It’s probably Cowboys but how about Pittsburgh? I have to deal with those fans all the time in PA.

  • SHough610

    I live in Central virginia (close enough I can walk to boo the Skins at training camp!) and it goes Giants-1, cowboys-2, Skins-3. Largely because we’re never good at the same time as the Skins (the last three times the Skins have gone to the playoffs we’ve been a dumpster fire). For me, I hate the Buccaneers more than the Skins, I’ll never forget 2002 or that 88 yard field goal in ’06.

  • SuPaFrO

    I live in southern CA. So it’s 75% Cowboys fans, 24% Raiders, chargers 1%
    So Cowboys Definitely. Then Giants because they win even when they suck!

  • Anthony Hart

    Love seeing the Cowboys lose just for Jerry’s reactions, love watching bad things happen to the Giants players since their rosters has the most jerks on it, but the Washington fans are the worst to deal with in my opinion. Love holding their struggles over their heads, they’re the saltiest fanbase in sports. With the DeSean situation it’ll be that much worse this season, I hope we run it up on them again.

  • Johnny_P

    I live in the DC metro area, amongst obnoxious Skins fans, but the Giants are the biggest rival, if for anything else, their recent super bowl victories. 2-Cowboys just because they are the Cowboys, and they previously owned the NFC East in the 90′s. I still have nightmares of Jay Novacek catching critical third down passes. 3-Skins, but moving up the list. The Redskins used to be a ‘flagship’ franchise of the NFL, until sadly, Snyder took over and proceeded to strip them of that status. Skins have a tradition of taking 1 step forward only to take two steps back, not a formidable foe in my opinion.

  • Rage114

    Giants. I hate the Cowboys but Giants are too close to not be their #1 rival. Also, the the Eagles/Giants rivalry is considered the #1 rivalry in football according to the NFL Network Top 10 series.

  • Rage114

    Oh, and in addition to the skins, I also hate the Cardinals. They haven’t been in the same division in quite a while but that emotion hasn’t diminished at all.

  • Dominik

    Since I found Football very late (not easy falling in love here in Germany, but when I fell in love there was nothing that could stop it ;)) I have to go with the Giants. I respect them and because of the respect I’m rooting against them almost all the time (except when they’re eliminated from the PO run, then I don’t care). To add to that, I don’t like Eli, Coughlin and Jacobs, while I sure respect them as players/coaches.

    2 – Cowboys (they are growing on me the more I read about them).

    3 – Redskins.

    Of course, living in Europe, there’s no regional rivalry for me.

    • OldDocRoss

      Cowboys (they are growing on me the more I read about them).

      You mean the hate is growing, right??

      • Dominik

        Do you think I’m a traitor? ;) Also, how can you like the Cowboys more the more you read about them?

        No, seriously. They are growing on my hate list and only there. ;) I have no personal relationship with Cowboys fans, but their classic comment on the internet “Jerry has three rings, you idiot” is sooo stupid if you haven’t won a playoff game in like 16 years, I can’t hear this bs anymore.

        • Tumtum

          If only you could meet the typical Dallas fan in the DC/Baltimore area… really though the typical Redskins fan might disgust you even more.

          The few Giants fans I know are actually reasonable people though. So the hate for their fans is sort of meaningless to me. If I lived in Giants country I would probably hate them the most.

          • anon

            skins fans are the worst “we’re going to be good this year”

          • Dominik

            Since I was bored I read some of the comment section on Blogging the Boys. There are reasonable fans who see the big hole Jerry put them into. Sometimes you read comments like: “We needed to stop this reconstructing contracts every offseason to get under the cap thing finally. Now comes the rebuild and in 3-5 years, we can be a superbowl contenders.”

            But those who get it are in the minority, at least it looks to me that way. There are ignorants who don’t get it and then there are the total idiots.

            Is the typical Dallas fan in the DC/Baltimore area like this guy?

    • A_T_G

      “Of course, living in Europe, there’s no regional rivalry for me.”

      …yet.

      • Dominik

        Oh, this European expansion team better not be part of the NFCE. ;) Altough I would be pretty safe in Germany, I guess. If there will be an European NFL team, it will be in London, I think.

  • Tumtum

    In no particular order:

    Redskins = Fans are so fake, I know more about the team than many “die hards”.

    Giants = most respectable threat to the division on an annual basis, meaning biggest on the field rival.

    Cowboys = All of the fans in this area are front runners. Don’t get me wrong they are loyal (unlike Skins fans), but they signed up because they are front runners. They usually like the Lakers, and Yankees too.

    Patriots = Spygate

    Any team Peyton is on = He steals our lunch money every time we play him.

    Seahawks = Gotta hate the top dog / NFC championship game

    Panthers = 03′

  • Ark87

    For me it comes down to semantics. Biggest Rival= Giants due to similarities, proximity, and a mutual grudging respect, also there is a more exclusive relationship between the Giants and Eagles. Dallas is the enemy. By far the more hated team. But everybody hates the Cowboys, nothing special there.

  • Tumtum

    This raises another interesting question for out of town fans.

    If you are not from Philly or surrounding area: When and why did you become an Eagles fan?

    For me I would say it was 1993 really. I didn’t know anything about football really… but I was a stupid kid who really didn’t know anything about anything. Until that point I sort of cheered for players. I really liked Reggie White, Randall, Clyde, and some other Eagles guys though. When Reggie left for GB I just kind of decided like he left my guy Randall so I was going to stand with him.

    Completely stupid and irrational, but I was 8…

    • Baloophi

      I was born in North Jersey and then promptly whisked away to Asia for the first 8 years of my life (my parents’ choice… not a human trafficking issue). As a result, I adopted my dad’s teams (he was born and grew up in Salem County, NJ). We would come back for the summer to visit his parents (who had moved to Woodbury, NJ) where I would gleefully ingest Tastykakes, vinegar fries on trips down the shore, and mediocre baseball at the Vet.

      @ Tumtum – we would also visit my mother’s parents outside Baltimore, so I also grew up an O’s fan (still have my Cal Ripken model Rawlings glove!), though that sort of wore off over the years. Crucially, this was really pre-Ravens, so there was never a two-team scenario in football.

      My Eagles-ness blossomed when we moved back to the states during my second grade year. However, we moved to southern Connecticut which was Giants country. I remember my dad taking me to the Meadowlands to see the Eagles… it was the game where the Giants blocked a field goal in overtime, but it bounced back to Clyde Simmons who picked it up and ran it in for the touchdown. Sweet. We later moved to Maine where – I swear – I never met a single Patriots’ fan. They really materialized after the first Super Bowl.

      Now I live in Los Angeles, where the chances of meeting a native Angelino are not great, let alone one who is passionate about the NFL. Of the few that I have met, most are curiously 49ers fans, I would guess as a result of 80′s dominance and Raiders / Rams impermanance (let’s make that a word!).

      • Mike Roman

        ” (my parents’ choice… not a human trafficking issue).”
        LMAO

      • pkeagle

        Oh yes – the famous blocked FG.
        Back then over here in Europe you didn’t have live games – you’d have one game shown a day or two after. Well my brother and I came across the AFN on our radio and every Sunday evening/night we’d listen to whichever games they’d broadcast – Jack Buck and Hank Stram did them.

        Well that game was on and as the kick was taken we heard that it had been blocked. Unfortunately, the signal was very poor fading in and out all the time and of course when it came back a few seconds later I heard that the game was over.

        I thought we’d lost on a return by the Giants – boy was I happy to be wrong (my brother has never forgotten it either!!)

        • Baloophi

          Ha! I had a similar experience despite being in the stands. As a wee lad, when the kick was blocked and the Giants fans stood up to cheer, it obscured my view. It wasn’t until they sank down in horror and my dad was jumping up and down that I realized we scored.

      • Tumtum

        How could you not love The Iron Man? It really is disturbing to see that he is actually getting older. He is still super human in my book!

      • Age

        Philly-born, LA-based Eagles fan here. There aren’t as many Philly ex-pats here as there seem to be ex-Chicagoans, but I always get a little thrill when I see a license plate frame or whatever showing a Philly team.

        As far as the locals, I seem to encounter mostly Raiders fans, God bless ‘em.

        And while I haven’t been able to generate, after 12 years, much of a whiff of support for any LA team that isn’t playing Philly that day (once in a while I can root for the Clippers and Kings, but not much…forget the Lakers and Dodgers, obviously), I think I would show some curiosity and casual fandom for any new team that at long last gave LA the NFL again. Of course, that would be a pre-existing team moving from elsewhere with all the concurrent baggage, so who knows.

    • Ark87

      I grew up in North Eastern PA. A father figure got me into the Eagles. Thank god he somewhat spiced the Eagles up in talking about them. In the early 90′s I probably would not have appreciated the Eagle’s nasty reputation. My child mind would certainly have identified them as “bad guys”. They had the under dog thing going for them though. I was still quite young when Andy came around. Brought an air of class and respectability to the team that I really identified with, and ultimately turned me to an Eagles addict.

    • Neil

      Last time we had this discussion around here I told this story, but what the heck.

      I LOVED football when I was five and the Eagles had the coolest helmet.

      • Tumtum

        The helmet and the colors were huge for me too haha. The things that are important when we are young… when they changed it was pretty devastating.

        • Neil

          I’m with you man. Bring back Kelly Green ;_;

          • Crus57

            Just to provide a frisson of disagreement, I only got into the NFL in the early 2000s, so the only time I’ve seen “my eagles” play in Kelly Green lead to Mike Vick getting badly injured and poor Leonard Weaver’s career got ended.

          • Neil

            Hah, yeah that does suck. I just feel like the Kelly Green was such a striking, unique color. The new color isn’t bad, though. I actually really do like what they did to the wing design on the helmet and wonder if you could incorporate that back into some Kelly Green uniforms. I don’t know if it would really work though.

    • Tumtum

      Good stuff out of towners.

    • dropscience

      Grew up in Oklahoma, so everyone I knew was a Dallas fan. I’ve always been a bit of a contrarian, I suppose, so I had to find another team. Loved the uni’s, but what REALLY sold me was the black shoes. The Iggs were the first team I saw with them, and I thought they were the most badass thing ever. Still do, actually.

    • Brian

      I grew up in York, PA. Huge Orioles fan, and if B-more had had a team during my formative years I probably would be their fan, but the Colts moved out before I was really old enough to be upset about it, and the Ravens came long after I had latched on to the Eagles (And how Baltimore got the Ravens, after losing their team to Indy, makes them tough to embrace)

      The Eagles were, for my youth, the most local NFL team, and on TV every week (which is probably why I latched onto them, along with Randall and the cool uniforms), but despite that most of York is solid “Stillers Country” despite it being quite a bit farther away than Philly. Frontrunners.

      So going back to who I hate the most. Definitely Dallas #1, but #2 is trickier. I hate the Giants, but it’s a hate with respect. I’m pretty indifferent to the ‘skins. They’re never good at the same time as the Eagles. I despise the Patriots, since I suspect they were doing their illegal videotaping at the time they defeated the Eagles in Jacksonville. Sure, they were the better team, but in a 3pt game, just a handful of plays could have made the difference. I really hate the Panthers (Greg Favors’ late hit), Bucs (Their superbowl team was VERY hateable), and Saints (2 relatively recent playoff losses) too. Also Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh fans are just Cowboys fans with better PR.

  • Mark Sitko

    Cowboys…no question. Giants are second but I have more respect for that team due to their recent rings. Redskins are a total joke and will not be a real rival until they beat us in an important game…can’t even remember the last time that happened.

    I live in Brooklyn in giants country and they are the most fair weather fans I have ever seen. They never wear blues until the day AFTER a Super Bowl win…I wear my eagles gear all over the city and no one has ever said shit to me…they are cowardly fans that only jump on board when they are winning…which is not often (even in their Super Bowl seasons they were 9-7 so none of their fans were actually behind them here in the city…they are too pathetic to be true rivals)

    • Viraj Singh

      I just moved into NYC. What are the best places to watch eagles games with tons of fans

      • A_T_G

        The Linc.

  • OldDocRoss

    Who else do you hate?

    Patrick Christopher Chung.

    But in terms of teams:

    1-10. Cowboys
    11. Giants
    12. Skins
    13. Panthers (2003)
    14. Ravens (couldn’t stand Ray Lewis)
    15. Bucs (2002)
    16. Jets (just, ugh)

    and then everyone else more or less equally I think.

    • Maggie

      #1-10 made me smile. Totally agree on #14. That prancing twit still turns my stomach.

    • Media Mike

      Chung is a double a-hole because his blind and inept play at safety not only cost us, but allowed Eli to complete a lucky rainbow pass that most high school safeties would have read and broken up.

  • Wiztopher

    I’m 29 n most of Eagles years were the Reid/McNabb days which the Giants were our main threat. I think the Giants are our biggest rival these days. I also think Giants fans are worse than Cowboys fans bc Boys fans aren’t informed, they are just loyal n say blind statements like “Cowboys are the best.”

  • Insomniac

    The Lombardi Trophy.

  • Kalhan Koul

    1. Cowboys, 2. Giants, 3. Patriots

  • pkeagle

    I grew up in Ireland so geography didn’t play a factor. My brother and I started following football when it was first broadcast by UK television around ’86/87. He supported the Giants and I supported the Eagles (got relatives in Philly) so we both grew up hating the Cowboys.

    So for me it is
    1. Cowboys (everything about them)
    2. Giants (sickening to know they’ve won 4 SBs since I became a fan)
    3. Washington’s team (Pathetic but still a division rival)
    4. Tampa (NFCC game – how the hell have they got a SB before us?)
    5. New England (Belicheat)
    6. Pittsburgh (enough with the rings already (although I like Tomlin))
    7. Da Bears (Fog Bowl and their shitty surface)

    I dislike some others like SF but give them credit for being a good team in the 80s with players such as Montana, Rice and Craig

    • Mike Roman

      #4 .. I will never like Andy Reid for that game alone. He got pass happy with shitty WRs and allowed Tampa ruin what should have been the Vet’s finest moment. Tampa. Tampa won a SB before us. Inexcusable.

      • Maggie

        I wonder who came up with that fey winking ‘pirate’ in the first place? Any respectable brigand swinging by the sheets to board a loaded Spanish galleon (lol) would cut his own face to ribbons!

      • Media Mike

        Although Andy didn’t have anything to do with Jim Johnson being asleep at the wheel on scheme, keeping inept players like Barry Gardner and Blaine Bishop in the game, and Hugh Douglas getting totally shut down by a garbage left tackle. The Eagles should have won that game 10-0.

    • Ark87

      Very nice list. I’m starting to make room for the Cards on mine. 2008, and the whole college offense thing. Formerly part of the division.

  • bsuperfi

    Not quite a hated rival, but I can’t stand the bears. I live in Chicago and I should like them. A history of great defense in a big city that loves sports. Tradition. I love watching forte, Jeffries, and Marshall play. But…

    I can’t stand the fans. They’re like bizarro eagles fans. They’re overly optimistic about the dumbest crap. Like cutler. Seriously? Aside from his erratic play, he’s just so far from likeable. The list goes on.

    We also seem to play ugly games against them, and they’ve had our number In recent years.

    The giants are the biggest rival. The cowboys and pats are the most hated. But damn those chicago bears.

    • RobNE

      Fog Bowl was so unfair.

    • Media Mike

      I hate the Bears because the Eagles were on a massive choke streak against that team over the past 5 or 6 years.

      • Bob Scatchard

        you had to enjoy last season’s BLOW OUT of da bears…..I’ve watched that and the raiders game replays about 10 times already and will probably watch many more befor training camp! Go eagles!

  • Tom33

    I’ve had the “joy” of living in Virginia during the 80′s with the Joe Gibbs teams, Texas during the 90′s for the Cowboys teams and here in NJ for the past 10+ years, so I definitely understand proximity hate. That being said, I have to agree with Tommy that the Cowboys are the team that I like to see suffer the most.

    • Baloophi

      Love the term “proximity hate.” Anyone who has worked in a cubicle understands it…

  • Thorin

    It’s the Cowboys. And I would be Shocked if most people don’t say Cowboys.

    I’m from and in Philly, but I lived 5 years in the NYC area. … It’s still the Cowboys.

    Having said that, the Cowboys and Giants consider themselves to be bigger rivals than either is with the Eagles. But that’s just more reason to hate them both.

  • Ark87

    Tommy, you used to like the Cowboys way back, right? Specifically the coach, Tom Landry. You’ve described being fascinated by Jimmy Johnson. What led you to despise the Cowboys? This is probably not a fair question, not sure I could articulate my burning hatred from the Cowboys (and pretty much everything from Texas, unfairly, because of it), let alone the source of it.

  • Cafone

    Cowboys, with the Giants a close second.

  • Bert’s Bells

    There are some days when there is no team I hate more than the Eagles, does that count?

    • Maggie

      Like we hate a lover who doesn’t keep a promise.

  • FunkinGoNutz

    Little D of course. Giants then Skins…

  • ACViking

    There’s hating the Dallas Cowboys.

    And then there’s hating the Dallas Cowboys.

    It reminds of a line from the movie “Atlantic City,” delivered by Burt Lancaster in the role of a small-time, over-the-hill gangster:

    “The Atlantic Ocean was something then. You should have seen the Atlantic Ocean in those days.”

    • P_P_K

      A great line in a cool movie.

      • ACViking

        my compliments.

    • Baloophi

      Was it said in reference to water quality?

      • ACViking

        The Pacific has nothing on the Atlantic

        • Baloophi

          I would actually agree (minus Hawaii). In fact, Point Pleasant Beach, Margate, Upper Township, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Wildwood were among the NRDC’s “Superstar” beaches for water quality this year…

          http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/beach-superstars.asp

        • Maggie

          Now, now. The Pacific offers up it’s own delights.

    • Media Mike

      I hadn’t seen that movie until last year after hearing so many good things about it. Lancaster’s acting is amazing in that film.

  • Neil

    I live and grew up closer to Dallas than Philly, but for me it has to be the Giants simply because they’re the only division rival without incompetent ownership. Fans of every other team in our division suck. When I think of biggest rival, I think of who is most likely to present our biggest obstacle.

  • P_P_K

    The Giants are our rival,
    we all know that’s for certain.

    To beat Eli and Coughlin,
    helps raise the playoffs curtain.

    That team from the city north of us,
    is worthy of most every cuss.

    But there is one team that’s even worse,
    the evil ones that we must curse.

    That team from the Lone Star State,
    so worthy of our scorn and hate.

    Jerry’s empire, dark spawn of Satan,
    that all true Eagles fans must be hatin’.

    On their vile nature the polite do not comment,
    knowing it can cause severe vomit.

    Buddy had it right in the Bounty Bowl,
    now we must destroy Romo’s soul.

    There’s just one conclusion reached by Americans and Canucks,
    It’s the bottom line truth:
    Dallas sucks!

    • Baloophi

      Very nicely done! Something to recite to your children at bedtime…

      • P_P_K

        When my son was young, he was only allowed to curse in public twice a year, during the Eagles-Cowboys games.

  • Baloophi

    If someone could splice-in clips of Michael Irvin, Jerry Jones, and people referring to Dallas as “America’s Team” into the following, that would be super…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFkAAvDkj9k

    • Baloophi

      Or for an enjoyable meta experience, clips of Jar Jar Binks, pod racing, and the Force described away as simply a midichlorian blood count issue.

      Annual nerd quotient – achieved.

      • Rambler

        As a microbiologist, I never understood the hatred for the midi-chlorian thing. Its a means to explain the sheer power that the Jedi possess, and scientifically there is a basis for such a symbiotic relationship between higher life forms and microscopic ones. Now, to have those microscopic life forms be sentient and intelligent is a whole other matter. And I do agree it kind of takes away the mystique of the Jedi, and does sort of roll it into a convenient packaged explanation. But overall I don’t mind it. However, don’t get me started on Jar Jar.
        Hopefully that is my annual nerd quotient achievement on here.

      • bsuperfi

        Not until we start talking about how we rolled a crit when we hired Kelly. Roseman’s +5 vorpal draft board doesn’t even matter.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Cowboys – no one else is close.

    It would be interesting to not only get the geographical breakdown, but the time when we all became Eagles fans. I sense that much older fans probably remember serious rivalries with the Giants. Those us who grew up with Vermeil & Buddy, hate the Cowboys. The next generation, dunno. I’d suspect the Giants again as they have been the more competitive team over that period.

    Also, hate the Ravens for stealing a team from a die-hard football town in Cleveland. Unforgivable.

    • Mitchell

      I grew up with the Giants winning the Super Bowl but nothing comes close to the loathing of the Cowboys and Romos face.

    • Maggie

      The Baltimore fans have to be forgiven a little. The way they were done by the Colts ownership was so shameful, it’s still hard to believe. I live thousands of miles away and have other interests besides the NFL, but that disgusting behavior still sticks in my throat when it comes to mind.

  • T_S_O_P

    Rupert Murdoch!!!

  • Tumtum

    You know what is very strange about my “hate” for the other teams in the East? I do hate them, and I love to beat them. I want them to be good though. When the NFC east was widely discussed as the best division in football victory and success was always so much sweeter.

    With the division in such disarray I find it hard to be as rabid as I have been in the past. I used to watch every NFC east game with the same interest as I would watch the Eagles. Not as much any more. Sunday ticket contributes I am sure, but if they were still the best teams they would be the games I watch. Instead now I find myself drawn to other divisions. My knowledge about the other teams in the East has really suffered as a result.

    • Media Mike

      I don’t mind the Cowboys being “good” because they’ll mess it up in some way while continuing to foul up their salary cap. I really enjoy seeing Washington and the Giants be really poor.

  • Rambler

    Its engrained for me to despise the rest of the NFC East, with the Cowboys earning my most hate. But having lived in Phoenix for the past 10 years, I have come to especially dislike the Cardinals as well. The fans here are ridiculously fair-weathered. And when the Cards actually start playing well, then the people are just insufferable to be around. And not very knowledgeable either. What makes it worse is that the vast majority of them aren’t even from Arizona. Really drives me nuts. When I was at the 2009 NFC Championship game, I witnessed several young punk Cardinals fans beating up on an old gentleman in an Eagles shirt. That sealed the deal for me… I will despise this team and their idiot fans forever, and generally wish a pox on them and their ilk. Except Larry Fitzgerald… he seems like a fairly righteous dude.

  • Zack Zondlo

    my second favorite team is whoever’s playing the cowboys. my third favorite team is whoever’s playing the giants… and the redskins, they make me laugh.

  • Age

    Besides being our division rivals and having generated plenty of bitter history, the Cowboys were “America’s Team” for so long, and with so many repugnant front-runner fans all over the country, that it’s impossible to take them off the top of the list despite their current suckery. Even sucky seasons for the Eagles will have a silver lining if we’ve beaten Dallas. Plus, Jerry Jones’ ability to generate schadenfreude is deliciously unparalleled.

    But yeah, Giants not too far behind. Eff New York.

    And- as long as Belichick (and to a lesser extent, Brady) is with the Patriots, I will hate them.

    • Maggie

      Win or lose, the Cowboys are now, and always have been, extremely hateable. America’s team! Phhhtth! I have despised them for 40 years. Of course some of them don’t mind. Think it’s better than indifference. Love the German, btw.

  • mtn_green

    Lingerie league.
    Philadelphia Passion.
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  • Jesus Miguel Hernandez

    Im from Mexico and I started watching football in 2008 (actually the first game I saw was the Dallas-Seahawks Romo fumble). I inmediatly chose the eagles because of McNabb and maybe some other subconscious reasons. So I really hate the Giants, the cowboys just seem like sore losers to me, specially considering the fact that my uncle (who presented me to football) is a Cowboys fans…just feel sorry for him
    I hate the giants, patriots, and the steelers … all of them have been successful during my time of watching and here in Mexico there are so many obnoxious Pats and Steelers fans that makes me hate em more

    • Media Mike

      That game nearly put me in an early grave. I had a 4 team money line parlay bet on the games that weekend and I didn’t win my bet because of that Romo muffed hold.

  • jshort

    This post got me thinking back to the Vet, had season tickets till it closed. They were through third party, guy got remarried, stepsons, bla, bla, bla. Anyway I remember more Giant fans, both men and women, come rolling past me ( at least 3 to 1) than any other teams fans. Could never figure why they would get all decked out in their colors, and act like they owned the place, if ahead. Liked watching then sit there nice and quiet when we were winning.

    • Media Mike

      They can get decked alright.

  • A Roy

    Tommy,

    At the risk of being too negative and alienating you and some of the regulars, I am disappointed with this posting. I read your blog for your insight into the talents of the Eagles (and potential Eagles) and opinions about the schemes. Posts like this belong in TATE. I would rather you not feel the need to post daily rather than put up a “Who’s your fave Eagle?” or “Who do we hate the mostest?” entry.

    Thanks for listening.

    • suthrneagle

      Tommy can post twice a day if he feels the need to post daily.
      (that`d be awesome)
      Most (-everyone- but you,apparently) understand he`s helping us to calm our anxiety while we count down the hours til training camp begins.

      • A Roy

        I was anxious before the draft, because 1) it was so late and 2) nervousness about who’d they get. This is normal summer doldrums until camp.

        Glad it helped you to read about who people hate most.

        • suthrneagle

          Definately enjoy it, yes. Especially the the out-of-towners and foreigners` stories and explanations.
          And it`s not about hate…it`s about love:
          the teams Eagle fans love to hate
          and some of the comments and clips are
          truely worth the time to read and watch

  • Birdbrain77

    I’m like most folks, I grew up hating the Cowgirls and they were my NUMBER 1 TARGET. However, I went to college at Rutgers and never really left so now I’m surrounded by Giants fans. They made me move them up the list, I’d say they are tied or a VERY close second to Dallas now. I swear if I have to listen to one more Giants fan remind me that the Birds haven’t won a superbowl…well you get the gist.

  • McNabbulousness

    live and grew up in VA, land of the redskins and bandwagon cowboys fans leftover from the 90s. used to be the redskins because all my friends were skins fans and gave me shit about the eagles. but as i’ve grown and matured, and as the redskins have sucked under the snyder regime i have come to one realization; fuck dallas, they’re the fucking worst.

    giants are a close second just for the fact they back doored their way to 2 SBs with Mr. Throw Off My Back Foot, Eli Manning. Seriously how the fuck does that happen.

    Damn Tommy, you’ve really rustled up some long held ill will.

    oh, and fuck the patriots. they win the award for non nfc east team i hate the most.

  • Kristopher Cebula

    Tommy, you misused a phrase in the last paragraph. You wrote the word beating instead of cheating when referring to the patriots. please make any necessary adjustments.

  • Richaud Jeaffreson

    Cowboys, Giants, Skins in that order. Outside of the division I don’t like the Pats, Steelers, Saints, and Cards.

    • Media Mike

      The Cards especially got on my nerves last year with the crying about calls in the game when we were subjected to just as many blown calls as they were.

  • Media Mike

    1) Giants – the famous “New York” attitude and mouth in unbearable, but they’re fun to beat the crap out of in Main Line watering holes.

    2) Cowboys – simply due to the history of the rivalry.

    3) Steelers -generally annoying because they’re all stuck in the 70s, don’t understand they have multiple undeserving players in the Hall of Fame, are also Penguins fans, but they’re fun to beat the crap out of in Penn State watering holes.

  • NinjaP

    I feel that all fans of the other nfc east teams were born wrong and should never reproduce. But of the 3 right now, skins fans are most annoying.