I mean, it's not like we're allowed to be surprised that Ed Rendell has complicated, multi-paragraph opinions about the Birds, but that doesn't mean we can't be mildly amused when he drops a few bon mots to the press.
Definitely check out the Rendell interview in the paper this morning; some excerpts:
You sound a little worried that the Eagles might still disappoint everyone.
Absolutely. This is a hugely important game, but so was Washington. It's been such a strange season. They were really the only team to dominate the Steelers this year. And they beat the Giants on the road. And they crushed the Cowboys. But they also tied the Bengals. It's hard to fathom that the same team did all that. Right now, I'm excited. The fans are excited. We have all the momentum. But I have that little nagging thing in the back of my mind because you're never sure which team will show up for the playoffs. If it's the team that beat the Steelers, Giants and Cowboys, I think the Eagles will play the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
Well, that would be nice for Pennsylvania.
It wouldn't be so good for the city of Tampa. They'd end up leveling it. It would be like Sherman marching through Atlanta - there wouldn't be anything left.
(1) Way to suck up to both fanbases there, Ed. We all love hearing just how wild and/ or crazy we are. Take that, grown adults who happen to enjoy watching pro football! We're WAY more hardcore than you.
(2) Rendell's comments on the team are hilariously on-message from a media/ fan perspective. You can't say that he's faking.
(3) While I'm sure that said fanbases would do their best to "level" Tampa, let's not forget the burning down of South Philadelphia -- that's something the feel-good Phils were never going to occasion.