The Eagles Won Multiple Super Bowls?

Posted: July 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 34 Comments »

I was a good student when growing up, but not a great one.  I was obsessed with sports so I did my work quickly.  I then broke open a book so that I could read about my beloved Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia 76ers, or Philadelphia Flyers.  Football books just weren’t that good so I read very few back then.

Science was one of the classes I cared about the least.  It simply didn’t interest me.  Studying clouds and rocks simply wasn’t as important as knowing that Mike Flanagan went 23-9 in 1979 or that Al Bumbry was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1973.  Reading about Earl Cureton’s background might pay off.  Gases and elements?  Who cares?

About 10 years ago I began to get fascinated with science.  I might have seen a biography special on Albert Einstein or something like that.  Things really kicked into high drive when the History Channel started putting out The Universe.  That show really hooked me.  I know that I don’t know squat about science, but I love watching the shows and reading simple books so that I can pretend to be smart when I know the answer to 1 out of every 37 questions.

Tonight while eating some grub I decided to watch an episode of The Universe that I had on DVR.  One of the things talked about was quantum mechanics and multiple outcomes/multiple universes.  Don’t ask me to explain this.  Here’s a wikipedia page that might help you out.

The theory says that multiple outcomes to every situation actually occur.  Think about that for a second and what that means to the Eagles.  There is a world where:

* The Eagles beat the Raiders in the Super Bowl.

* The Eagles beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

* The Eagles hired Jeff Fisher in 1991 to replace Buddy Ryan.

* The 2002 Eagles faced the Raiders in the Super Bowl (and won, I’m sure).

* The 2001 Eagles faced the Patriots in the Super Bowl (not so sure about this win, but based on multiple outcomes there is a universe where it did happen).

* Jerome Brown is still alive and a proud member of the Hall of Fame.

* TO decided not to complain about his contract and instead decided to enjoy life as an Eagle, leading the team to a string of Super Bowl wins.

* Andy Reid isn’t hired and Tom Modrak gets his guy…Jim Haslett.

* There is even a world where the Eagles listened to me and drafted Chris Chambers over Freddie Mitchell.

If you believe in quantum mechanics, these universes do really exist.  The question now becomes whether it is more likely for us to figure out to travel to those places first or whether the Eagles will first win the Super Bowl in our universe.  Somebody get the Einstein guy on the phone.  This question needs answering.

Alright…if you can travel to one of these other universes you have to figure out where you’re going.  I want to go to the one where Jeff Fisher takes over for Buddy.  Jerome was still alive then.  Maybe Jeff would have had some effect on him.  Jeff might have been able to keep Reggie from leaving.  If that happens, who knows how the 1990s turn out.  We still might not have been champs, but the possibilities are too interesting for me to pass up.

The other possible universe to mention is the one where I don’t join the Eagles Message Board in 2003, thus launching my online writing career.  In that universe I’m sitting in front of a computer right now yelling at that Derek guy for quitting Iggles Blog.  “I need some Eagles stuff to read, darn it!!!”

Weird, huh?


34 Comments on “The Eagles Won Multiple Super Bowls?”

  1. 1 Matthew Verhoog said at 11:02 PM on July 16th, 2012:

    whoa, I need some more sleep, or less, i’m not even sure any more.

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 11:15 PM on July 16th, 2012:

    In some universes you’re getting more sleep. In others, you’re getting less.


  3. 3 the guy said at 11:16 PM on July 16th, 2012:

    I remember reading about the quantum mechanics thought experiment, Schrodinger’s Cat.

    The idea is that a cat is sealed in a box (good luck with that) with a flask of poison and a radioactive substance. If an atom decays, the flask breaks and the cat dies. If it doesn’t, the cat lives. Until the box is opened, however, the cat is both alive and dead.

    What I learned from this is that all Eagles fans should avoid watching the entire 2012-13 NFL season, because until we do, the Eagles will have won the Super Bowl.

  4. 4 TommyLawlor said at 11:49 PM on July 16th, 2012:

    As of now, this is a physics blog. We’ll switch back over in Feb., right before the SB Parade.

  5. 5 juggadore said at 10:48 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    yes, a physics blog!

  6. 6 MidnightGreenRider said at 12:02 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    My god don’t tip my wife off to this theory. She’ll never let me watch again.

  7. 7 juggadore said at 11:40 PM on July 16th, 2012:

    the jeff fisher thing — everything would have changed. maybe no ray rhodes and maybe we’d miss the window on andy reid. everything would be different.

  8. 8 TommyLawlor said at 11:48 PM on July 16th, 2012:

    Maybe better, maybe worse. Very interesting, I bet.

  9. 9 T_S_O_P said at 11:00 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    No Bud Carson, no No. 1 D in 3 catagories. 🙁

  10. 10 goeagles55 said at 12:47 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Eli Manning still can’t step out of his brother’s shadow after once again missing the playoffs.

  11. 11 CampDracula said at 1:12 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    I don’t know squat about quantum anything. But wouldn’t an opposite universe include an Eagles team that won the SB in 1998, been a wild overachiever in 2005, come just shy of being the worst team in 2004, etc?

    Since you’re a sixers fan, this is REALLY good news!

  12. 12 TommyLawlor said at 1:16 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    It isn’t opposites. The point is that when a decision or choice is made, there are differing universes for each option, happening simultaneously. You could take this a lot further than I did, but I kept it simple to try and not be too scientific.

  13. 13 CampDracula said at 1:28 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Well, damn. I’m inspired to actually want to learn about Quantum Theory. And I’m not even joking in the slightest.

  14. 14 Jyolteon said at 4:20 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    What about the world in which the Eagles take Ricky Williams over Donovan? That one would be worth checking out.

  15. 15 deg0ey said at 6:52 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    “If you believe in quantum mechanics, these universes do really exist. The question now becomes whether it is more likely for us to figure out to travel to those places first or whether the Eagles will first win the Super Bowl in our universe.”

    But would you be able to live in one of those other universes knowing that all of this awesome stuff had happened and you’d missed all of it? What we really need is to invent time-travel once we get there. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

  16. 16 aceandson said at 6:57 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    You don’t need quantum theory for these. You can go with a standard model of “infinite space”. While our universe has a finite end, beyond that there are infinite universes -infinite space/universes create infinite possibilities.

    So somewhere out there, we’re all married to Megan Fox. We just need to find a way to get there.

  17. 17 A_T_G said at 7:38 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    I wonder if our multiple Super Bowl universe is the same one where Megan Fox is undiscovered as a celebrity and is forced to go from bar to bar, performing as a naked pudding wrestler to support her PBR and trampoline yoga habits.

  18. 18 TommyLawlor said at 8:40 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Must find that universe!!!

  19. 19 Kevin_aka_RC said at 9:15 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    It gets worse: what if you’re the Raiders and the Tuck Rule does NOT happen. You not only may win the Super Bowl in 2001 but you also may keep Jon Gruden. Conversely, Brady/Belicheck may never start their dynasty,

  20. 20 P_P_K said at 9:33 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    In all the universes, one fact remains: Dallas sucks

  21. 21 Håkan Sandström said at 9:39 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    If you enjoy the “many-worlds”-stuff you should look up “the simulation argument”.
    It’s a doozy.

  22. 22 aceandson said at 9:52 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    One of my favorites, it’s not just possible but likely that we’re “living” in a computer simulation.

  23. 23 teltschikfakeout88 said at 10:10 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Tommy not bad blog filler for a really dead time…….the concept of alternate universes where Eagles blunders do not exist. You know if that were the case, the miracle of Meadowlands 1 through 4 may never have happened?? In any event you should check out the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper and Bobby Deniro.

  24. 24 T_S_O_P said at 10:59 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Stranded as I am in Belgium I will say this: ou are singing my anthem here. On hw many universes did Bryce Paup whiff that tackle? That would make a few universes where Rich Kotite is the Eagles most successful Head Coach !!!!

  25. 25 TommyLawlor said at 11:23 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Didn’t even think of that (Paup) angle. Great example.

    If it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium. The one time in my life I can say that and have it make sense.

  26. 26 T_S_O_P said at 10:05 AM on July 18th, 2012:

    So this must be the reason I’m stuck. Luckily, I like Belgium.

  27. 27 Gregory Post said at 11:15 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    Baltimore Orioles? No love for the Phils?

  28. 28 TommyLawlor said at 11:24 AM on July 17th, 2012:

    I grew up in Charlotte, NC. The local minor league team was the Charlotte Orioles. Watching guys like Eddie Murray in the minors sold me on the O’s as my MLB team.

  29. 29 Matthew Verhoog said at 2:21 PM on July 18th, 2012:

    YeaH for Minor League Baseball!

  30. 30 Mac said at 12:48 PM on July 17th, 2012:

    Quick, everybody go watch “The Big Bang Theory”

    I love it when science and philosophy make babies. They’re fun to play with in my head.

  31. 31 austinfan said at 2:19 PM on July 17th, 2012:

    Einstein letter to Max Born, December 4, 1926.

    “Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me
    that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not
    really bring us any closer to the secret of the “old one.” I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.”

  32. 32 Patrick Pauling said at 3:54 PM on July 17th, 2012:

    Hey Tommy, didn’t know you were an O’s fan, that’s awesome. What do you think of our season so far? Can we pull out of this slump? I’m excited for Britton coming back. He might be able to put up some good numbers, and once we get Hammel back we might even have a bonafide rotation.

  33. 33 dislikedisqus said at 5:49 PM on July 18th, 2012:

    There’s probably a universe in which Sonny Jurgensen is not traded for Norm Snead. And one where Buddy Ryan and Norman Braman are best friends.
    And one in which Mike Vick does not hit his head on Todd Herreman last year in the Georgia Dome and the Eagles go on to win the division, and the NYG never make the SB.
    And maybe even one where McNabb does not ever throw a swing pass at the receiver’s feet.

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