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What Does It Take To Be A Champion?

A Champion. One who is clearly superior to all others. One who fights to defend or support a cause greater than one individual. Until as recently as 2008, “champion”, was a word hardly uttered when a Philadelphia sports team was mentioned. Yes, two seasons ago, the Phillies broke a long-standing streak of big-game losses which were beginning to seemingly ascend to the heavens. However, a fire still burns in the stomachs of fans in that city. A fire perhaps intensified by the immense success the Eagles franchise has enjoyed over the past decade:

Record? 103-56-1 in the regular season and 10-8 in the postseason. Pro Bowlers? 58. Highlight reel moments? An unbelievable amount . And lastly, Super Bowl victories? ZERO.

Scanning back over the decade we’ve just closed out, there are some truly amazing things that have taken place, but most of us feel that the few memories we still shake our heads over far outweigh the positive ones. True Eagles fans will tell you that they are proud of the Eagles for accomplishing the things they did, and everyone is gracious to Andy Reid for winning the team back the respect of the league. However, in this city, those achievements quite simply are not, and never ever will be, good enough.

The big picture is that despite having immense success, the Eagles have become, in effect, the poor man’s Buffalo Bills of the 1990’s. Almost worse than losing 4 Super Bowls is facing the realization that you were good, pretty damn good in fact, but you just weren’t quite good enough to have anyone remember you. This is, in my opinion, the end of an era for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Yes, we do still have Andy Reid press conferences to look forward to for at least four more years, but the youthful energy and enthusiasm that carried this team in the early 00’s is clearly gone. Replaced, instead, by a stale, burdened look that seems to suffocate the veteran members of the team. It seems as though players such as Donovan McNabb are being squeezed like the last ounce of toothpaste out of the tube. It may be that his time is up here, but that is a different discussion for another day. Overall, the chances the Eagles have let slip through their fingers (literally and figuratively) over the past ten years have increased the never-ending desire of us, the often ridiculed and misunderstood, yet unwavering and passionate, fans, for a championship.

So, naturally, as I was looking back at the New Orleans Saints recent victory over the favored Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, I found myself wondering, what made the Saints different from the Eagles teams that almost won it all? What is the recipe for a Super Bowl Champion?

This, along with many other questions, will begin to be answered next week as the first installment of the series is posted. Look for “Part I: Building A Champion” to be posted soon.

Have a great EAGLES day everyone!

What I Bring To the Table

Birds Fans,

Holden Fulco here, and I’m proud to say that I am a newly minted contributer to EaglesFanCast. This is the first of what I hope will be many more posts to come, so I just wanted to give a few details on what I hope to bring to the blog.

First of all, I am an Eagles fan, through and through. I truly believe that as a “displaced” fan from Louisiana, I have a unique viewpoint on and a great appreciation for the football team we all bleed green for. I aim to bring a southern flair and a little bit different perspective on anything and everything that involves the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as provide some useful historical background for anything that I may ramble about on the website.

My philosophy is that history repeats itself until changes are made, so, with the conclusion of the Super Bowl just over a week ago, my first series of posts will be titled: “The Perfect Recipe: What Does It Take To Be A Champion.” This will be an in-depth look at past successes and failures of the Eagles over the decade, as well as the winning formula for that elusive Lombardi Trophy.

That’s all I have for now. Thanks again to Chuck, Eric and Todd for this amazing opportunity. You can look for the first installment of “The Perfect Recipe” by this weekend.

GO BIRDS!

Changes at EaglesFanCast

Here at the blog, we have mostly maintained it as a Show Notes repository for the podcast.  The podcast has been great, and our numbers have been growing.  We have been getting some amazing feedback in both email and voicemails, and it’s great to see the reach that the podcast has.  We have people listening and interacting from all over the country and internationally as well.

When we started this, we figured most people would be Eagles fans from within the Philadelphia region.  Now it appears that half of our listenership is outside this area.  The feedback we have received also shows that our listeners appreciate the fan-sided approach of what we do.  That is intentional, as none of us are sports analysts, nor have aspirations to be.  It’s good to see that what we are doing is coming out as planned.  We really are Eagles fans, and we have a podcast talking about it… it really is that simple.

But we want more for this project.  From the beginning we wanted other fans to be part of this.  We started with email, and allowing comments on this blog site.  Not too long after, we opened a voicemail line, and have received some great and passionate voicemails that emails just cannot convey.  A few months ago we started recording our shows live on Ustream.tv, so there can be a real-time chat room and you can interact with us, plus inject comments right into our show.  That has been a great experience for us, and one or all three of us have hung out in the chat room before and after the recording talking about the Eagles, the show and just about anything.

We wanted this site to take another step further, and give another angle of being an Eagles Fan.  You have all heard the three of us banter on for 79 shows about our fandom.  So we reached out to a few loyal listeners and those that have written in with some great content.  We wanted to get the opinions not just from an email, we wanted real thoughts to post on the site.

We are very happy to announce that the first new contributor to our site is Holden Fulco.  You have heard us read his emails on the air many times, and may have seen him in the chat room as well.  Holden lives in the Super Bowl state of Louisiana, surrounded by elated Saints fans.  Holden is very excited to be a part of EaglesFanCast, and we welcome him to our little addiction.

Look for Holden’s first post soon right here!

As always we welcome feedback and suggestions on everything EFC.  Look for more site updates and changes, and even more contributors in the coming months.

Go EAGLES!!!

Happy New Year!!

I just wanted to take a minute and send out a Happy New Year to everyone who has been involved in EaglesFanCast this last year. That includes Eric and Todd, and of course all of our listeners and subscribers, our guests, everyone who contributed to the show through comments, emails, voicemail and the chatroom, our fans on facebook and those that have supported us behind the scenes.

We have made a lot of new friends in 2009, and it’s part of what drives us to do this show. You’ve all helped spread the word, and we have more listeners now than ever before. We can’t thank you enough for being part of this little project, and we still have a blast doing it, and I hope that comes across.

So thank you again, have a very happy new year, and let’s start this new decade with an Eagles championship!!!

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!

Notes on Our Show Tonight

What? Of course we’re still showing up after that dismal loss this week! It’s what we do, because we’re fans of this team through the ups and downs… and you listen to us for the same reason.

Actually, we have a lot more emails than usual, and that is what is going to drive our show tonight.  This loss sparked a lot of emotion from fans obviously, and many wrote in expressing their anger, frustration, rationalizations and analysis of what transpired on Sunday.  We’ll let you have your voice, that’s for sure.

Also joining us tonight will be Cody Benjamin, the Manager and main contributor to the Eagles fan website, Bleed Green.  Cody’s going to bring some of his insight to our discussion, and we welcome him!

Last week as you heard, we experimented with a live audio and chat room format so we could get some more feedback from our listeners. We did this also so you could hear some of the behind the scenes stuff before the show as we get ready to record, and after as I get ready to mix it all up into the podcast.  The chat room will be predominantly for you so you can comment as you listen, but we will also check in during the recording and see what you’re saying.  This is located at http://ustream.tv/channel/EaglesFanCast.  You can listen to us without an account, but to participate in the chat, you do need to register with UStream.

The nebulous time we will start the live stream tonight will be 8:30pm EST.  Pay attention to us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/EaglesFanCast) or on our Facebook fan page (http://facebook.com/EaglesFanCast) later tonight where we will let you know when we are about to go live.