By Eagles Gab Columnist Chet Cashley
I don’t have a great understanding of quantum physics, but I think I might have found a worm-hole in my room.
As I was cleaning out my closet the other day, I found a stack of old Sports Illustrated magazines that had been collecting dust for years. I flipped through them casually, not caring to read, but just taking a quick glance at each cover. The same old faces were on the covers, LeBron James in his headband, Jeter looking into the camera saying to himself, “I’m better than you,” Michael Vick wearing a ‘Super-Bowl Champions’ t-shirt over his shoulder pads with confetti flying in the background, Tom Brady wearing a ‘Super-Bowl Champio…
What? Michael Vick? Confetti? Super Bowl Champion?
The wormhole opened up. The floor I was standing on still smells like urine… (What would you have done?)
The cover read, “Vicktory,” with the subtitle, “Welcome to Title Town.” The date was February, 2012. This is the article:
Vicktory: Welcome to Title Town
Still hungover from the thrilling Phillies’ World Series Championship in November, the City of Brotherly Love once again entered the state of celebratory bliss that takes over a city after its team wins a major professional sports championship.
Philadelphians acted as only Philadelphians could, flipping news vans, throwing cheesesteaks at police cars, hanging from traffic lights, and to put it simply: acting Philadelphian.
The man of the hour was Michael Vick. The crowds on Broad Street have apparently caught the 2012 election fever, breaking into “Vote for Vick” chants frequently throughout the night. Hundreds of fans carried faux “Hope” signs from the 2008 Presidential election, with the Super Bowl MVP’s face replacing President Obama’s, and the word, “Hope,” replaced with “Vick.”
And after his performance on Sunday night, who could blame them? I’ll vote for him, too, if his name ends up on the ballot.
DeSean Jackson would most certainly have to be his running mate. The pair connected for three touchdowns and over 160 yards in an all-out aerial assault on a Patriots’ defense that could be better described as defenseless. In addition, Jackson’s phenomenal punt returns put the Eagles’ offense in scoring position twice, both times starting drives from within the Pat’s 40-yard line.
The Eagles’ secondary, reminiscent of the days of Brian Dawkins, Bobby Taylor, and Troy Vincent, only better, completely paralyzed the Patriot offense. Tom Brady left the game early, suffering a concussion after Nnamdi Asomugha’s controversial sack on a cornerback blitz, half-way through the first quarter. Asomugha was initially penalized, but after a quick discussion between officials, the hit was determined legal, and the flag was picked up.
Michael Vick’s performance was nothing short of historic. The fully-matured Vick capped off a perfect 16-0 season with a 437 yard, 5 touchdown passing performance, while sprinkling an extra 75 yards on the ground just to add some flavor.
Philadelphia’s Super Bowl victory was twice as sweet, coming just months after the Phillies paraded down Broad Street wearing their World Series Championship rings, holding a trophy of their own.
The past year has been a great one for the fans of Philadelphia sports. After years of catching just the faintest scent of victory, the city finally got a taste of what it’s like to be the championship capital of the world.