Eagles fans just can’t win. They are extremely passionate, yet often that passion is (perhaps correctly) construed as psychosis. Channeling Donovan McNabb’s passive-aggressive behavior and Terrell Owens’ flamboyant attitude, Eagles fans are both frustrated and hopeful. They have grown accustomed to losing, but that doesn’t make them losers. No, they win every time their Birds take flight, and they aren’t afraid to voice that swagger. Inevitably, these are the real-life diehards and outlandish characters you’ll see at every home game.
1. The Face Painter Who Thinks He’s in a Seinfeld Episode
You know the type. Delco’s Shaun Young put them and Section 128 on the sports map. They make a ritual of it, making sure one side is the perfect shade of green (midnight green, to be exact) and lined evenly with metallic silver on the other cheek. Add a little eye black and shoulder pads, and you’ll be seeing the devil faster than Elaine Benes.
2. The D5 Destroyer
Something special happens in Lot D5. Colin Ashmore -- anchored by his brother, Peter, and father, Frank the Tank -- have been serving up tequila shots while yelling, “MDK" and “Red Rum" at every single game since 2003. Each tailgate has a theme, complete with an ice luge and Christmas tree for the holidays. These days, they bring the ruckus out of a van emblazoned with logos and tributes to past greats. Their original short green bus has been retired and immortalized on the Eagles Mural over by Jetro on Darien St.
3. The Fan Who Forgot He’s Not At Home
Wearing enemy gear at the Linc is a profile in courage. Some are harmless; others deserve their comeuppance. For example, we have no sympathy for someone donning a Troy Aikman jersey. To the guy wearing a Braylon Edwards’ replica and fumbling a case of Budweiser: c’mon, as if being a Browns fan wasn’t bad enough.