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Super Bowl angst: Does everyone hate both the Patriots and Eagles?

If the Vikings hadn't fallen apart Sunday and beaten the Eagles in the NFC Championship game, there would have been a feel-good buzz to the team in the Super Bowl, if for no other reason than it would have been the first time the game would have been hosted by a team in the game.

If the Jaguars had held on to beat the Patriots,fans could have gotten behind a team that had been wretched for so many years before finally getting its game together.

Instead, the Patriots are playing the Eagles.

Did you see the back page of Monday's New York Post?

Here's what columnist Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post wrote under the headline of "Have we ever seen anything like this hellhole of a Super Bowl"  "Yes, this is the worst-case scenario for just about everyone who calls our city, its boroughs and its suburbs home. If you are a Jets fan, you are soon to enter a second decade of Patriots Envy, being force-fed an unlikely dynasty in New England when, for the first 40 or so years of their shared existence, the Patriots were the Jets’ annual cousins in futility. And, of course, Giants fans detest the Eagles in a way that’s almost hard to describe given the fact the Eagles haven’t won a championship in 57 years and the Giants have won four in the last 31. Yes, Giants fans dislike the Cowboys and they abhor the Redskins, and take great delight in beating those two division rivals."

Read the rest of his column here

And here's what some other people are saying:

Matt Citak, writing for the CBS website in Denver put it this way:  "Do we get behind the Patriots, who are looking to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl Championships in NFL history with six, and whose fan base has already begun planning the team’s Super Bowl Parade in downtown Boston? Or do we support the Eagles, who, for the second consecutive week, had a fan of the team get arrested for repeatedly punching a police horse? New England, whose team is just a few seasons removed from the Deflategate scandal in which Brady and the Patriots were accused of deliberately under-inflating footballs during their AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts? Or Philadelphia, whose police department was forced to cover the city’s light poles with Crisco in an attempt to prevent its fans from climbing the poles following the game."

You can read Citak's full piece here.

Dan Gelston of the Associated Press wrote this ode to the reputations of both fan bases: "Beware, Minneapolis. Eagles fans are coming to your city. And the Massholes are joining in on the Super Bowl bash. Patriots-Eagles is more than a 2005 Super Bowl rematch. It sticks two of the more maligned — and misunderstood — fanbases in the NFL within striking distance of each other at US Bank Stadium. It's time to line 'em up — the Santa Snowball Hurlers vs. the Deflategate Truthers in a fight for the checkered flag of most obnoxious fans."

Here's the complete story.

SBNation has a guide for how to deal with yet another Patriots' Super Bowl appearance and offers up this bit of wisdom: Watching the Patriots lose in the Super Bowl is always more satisfying than watching them lose in the Divisional Round. "Which New England playoff crashes do you remember more vividly? An early January loss to Rex Ryan’s Jets or the epic February defeats at the hands of Tom Coughlin and the Giants? Patriots schadenfreude reaches its peak in February, even if it doesn’t happen often. “Sad Tom Brady” doesn’t become a meme at the AFC Championship — that’s the kind of magic that only happens at the Super Bowl."

The full post is here.

And finally, Tom English writes for Phillyviews.com about what it's like to live in Philadelphia and hate the Eagles:  "Have you ever had an argument with someone, knowing the other person is stubborn, thick-headed, and refuses to see any other side of the conversation except his or her own?  No matter what you say, this person refuses to acknowledge any fact or reasoning behind what you bring to the table. Any normal conversation about the topic spirals out of control into a heated debate in which you just end up wanting to scream at the top of your lungs.  Know anyone like that?"

There's more of his take here.

The Philly view: Eagles celebrate triumph (and fan punches a horse)

You may be ready to move on from Sunday's NFC Championship Game -- the "38-don't ask" defeat as columnist Jim Souhan has called it -- but here's a guess that part of you wants to know how the game and its aftermath played out in Philadelphia.

So here goes:

Columnist David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote this about Philadelphia's stop-gap quarterback Nick Foles, who took care of the Vikings in the same way that MInnesota's unexpected QB, Case Keenum, took care of some games during the Vikings' season:  "You could’ve predicted a lot of what went down on the final leg of the Eagles’ improbable journey to Super Bowl LII: that a relentless pass rush would wreak havoc on the Vikings’ ability to execute their game plan; that the entire complexion of the game would change on a touchdown return off a Case Keenum interception; that the Eagles’ front seven would smother Minnesota’s running game, further amplifying the effect of their pass rush; that Pederson would stomp his foot down on the gas pedal and refuse to let go, tacking on three points with an urgent drive at the end of the first half and then opening up the second with a 41-yard flea-flicker bomb for a touchdown, stunning the Vikings sideline into the silent, wide-eyed stillness of resignation. What you could not have predicted was the performance of the man you saw standing tall in the pocket on that flea-flicker heave and so many other throws. In the biggest game of his life, when the stakes were the highest, Foles was better than he had ever been before."

Read the full column here,

Zach Berman of the Daily News paid tribute to the Eagles' fans. (Yes, we know that some Eagles fans were unruly and unfriendly to their Minnesota visitors. We're also wondering if that was part of the price they paid for the group 'Skol clap' by the Rocky statue on Sunday morning.): "Philadelphia fans deserve a lot of credit. The Eagles finished this season 9-1 at home. The only loss came when the starters sat for most of Week 17. Lincoln Financial Field offers a true home-field advantage. Ultimately, it’s up to players and coaches to win or lose – the fans don’t do that. But this is a tough environment for opponents, and Sunday was the latest example.'I don’t think they sat down the whole game,' (Coach Doug) Pederson said. 'I’m curious to see what the crowd will be like in Minneapolis.' The Patriots fans are used to this – it’s their third Super Bowl in four years. For Eagles fans, this hasn’t happened in 13 years. The Eagles fans might be more tempted to treat it like a rare occasion.

More of Berman is here.

The Philadelphia Enquirer staff watched the fan celebration afterward, which included taunts backward at Minnesota and ahead at New England, their Super Bowl opponent:

Police kept a good-natured watch on it all, confiscating beers from celebrators, few of whom seemed to mind. A trip to the Super Bowl seemed enough of a mood lifter. Sirens could be heard through the city long after the game ended, but late Sunday evening Philadelphia and SEPTA police reported no major disturbances. "The celebration moved ... up Broad Street, where fans ran in between cars in traffic and drivers honked in support. Residents left their homes and stood on sidewalks, banging pots and pans and cheering. Traffic snarled near Broad and Oregon Avenue, where fans swarmed the intersection and screamed: 'Let’s go Eagles!' Inevitably, a different chant broke out, a profanity directed at Tom Brady. The Patriots’ star quarterback will again be Public Enemy No. 1 in the city. 'All the Minnesota fans, go back to Minnesota!' Shaun Jones, of Germantown, yelled at Broad and Pattison, in between high fives from passing Eagles fans. 'This is way better” than any of the Eagles’ past championship game appearances,' said Jones, 35,  'because we weren’t even expected to be here. We weren’t expected to win.' ”

Read the full fan celebration story here

Speaking of fans, want to read about the bloody fight in a parking lot before the game? NJ.com reported that "the brawl got so out of control that six horses were called to the scene in an attempt to control the crowd."  Also, the 19-year-old fan who was arrested met that fate because he allegedly punched a horse.

Here's the report.

And the video:

On, and there were 11 cars that were zapped with green spray paint on Sunday night.

Back to the game. Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com wrote about why the Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl:

"No team has been able to silence the Eagles' defensive line this season, and that has been especially true in the playoffs. With defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, defensive end Brandon Graham and a line that goes seven players deep, the Eagles will be able to get pressure on the quarterback in Super Bowl LII -- and it very well could be the reason they win it. ...Super Bowls can turn and be won on just one play, and the Eagles' defense has shown they are capable of making big plays when it matters most."

Read more of Shorr-Parks here.