For the first time in 412 days, the Philadelphia Eagles have won a game at Lincoln Financial Field. Sure, it took a near meltdown that almost saw Robert Griffin III and the Redskins overcome a 24-0 deficit, but in the end the Eagles were able to hold onto a divisional win, and finally end the longest home losing streak in team history.
Let’s take a look at some of the things that were going on in the United States, the last time that the Eagles won at the Linc, on September 30, 2012.
- The number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by local product Taylor Swift. That was followed by “One More Night” by Maroon Five and “Whistle” by Flo Rida. I think it’s safe to say that as dark of a place as the Eagles were in last season, music was in a much darker one.
- The number one movie in the country was The Possesion, which was a horror movie that blew up in the box office, making nearly 80 million on a 14 million dollar budget.
- President Barack Obama was fresh off of being elected for his second-term in office. If I remember right, we were still fighting about Obamacare then too.
- We were all still slightly skeptical of whether Mayan predictions of the world ending on December 21st 2012, only led to a terrible movie, or whether they would actually lead to Earth’s doomsday.
The differences in Philadelphia sports, are incredible.
- With a home win over the Giants, the Eagles moved to 3-1 on the season. Despite Michael Vick’s early turnover problems, the Eagles were winning football games. If you look at if from that perspective, Michael Vick was bound to get on a roll, the only place the Eagles could go was up right?
- We all were under the assumption that Andrew Bynum was going to make a return around Christmas, or maybe a bit later, and pairing him with Jrue Holiday would make the Sixers are dark horse title contender in the Eastern Conference. Bynum never ended up playing a game for the Sixers, as his career is now coming to screeching halt with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jrue Holiday was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans (who were still the New Orleans Hornets on September 30th, 2012) on draft night for Nerlens Noel and a first round draft pick, as part of new general manager Sam Hinkie’s analytics plan.
- The four head coaches in Philadelphia sports were Andy Reid (Eagles), Charlie Manuel (Phillies), Doug Collins (Sixers), and Peter Laviolette (Flyers). Since then, three out of the four have been fired (Reid, Manuel, Laviolette) and Collins and the Sixers mutually agreed to part ways.
September 30th, 2012 was actually the Eagles second straight home win. After that they would go on to lose ten straight home games, before today’s Eagles win over the Washington Redskins. Something tells me that with Chip Kelly at the helm, the next home win won’t take as long.