Eagles Fans Eat Crow At The Lazy Dog

Look, I’m sorry. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer team. But someone had to lose.

It can be kinda lonely being a Saints fan in Boulder. No matter who the opposing team is, it always seems like their fans outnumber us. But it’s even lonelier watching at home–when I can watch from home, which in the regular season isn’t often, and the Saints so rarely get into the post-season–so I watch the game at Lazy Dog. The food’s good, the atmosphere is festive, and the view on their big flat screens is divine.

Also, when the Saints actually win, which they’ve been doing a remarkable amount of this time around, to the point that they are playing in the post-season and they earned the first-week bye… it’s kinda fun to watch the opposing team’s fans sorta shut up and shuffle off. ESPECIALLY when the second play of tonight’s game involved Reggie Bush getting hit like with a locomotive, and the guys the next table over seemed to relish the prospect of him not getting up again. “Welcome to the NFL, rookie!” they kept shouting (as though Reggie were playing in something other than the NFL for the past four months?), and they hooted and danced around while my boy was still on all fours trying to decide whether anything was broken. I’m a pretty amiable sports fan; I shared a table with a Redskins fan last month while our two teams faced off, and no blood was shed nor harsh words exchanged; but, dammit, injuries are no cause for celebration no matter which team they happen to. Plus, if your celebration involves actually facing the nearest Saints fan and hooting IN HER EAR as though that proved something, and jostling her table until her booze slops over the side in your hurry to get out on the floor and do your little dance, you’ve obviously had way too much sugar for the night.

They were very quiet on their way out the door. Meanwhile, I exchanged “woot!”s with the other table full of fans, and I called Mom to make sure she’d heard the good news. She said she hadn’t been watching; she says they always lose when she watches. I thanked her for not hexing the team.

The Saints are on their way to their very first conference championship game next week, and I’ll be watching it at the Dog again. If you wanna say hi, I’ll be the short kid wearing the white fleur-de-lis cap and knitting on a black-and-gold scarf. See y’all there!

This is my Who Dat?! scarf. Bow before its sparkliness.

4 Comments so far

  1. Kath (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

    Might take you up on that! My friend from Baton Rouge will be in town next week and we’d planned on going to the Lazy Dog to (snif) watch the E-A-G-L-E-S.

    Guess we’ll root for the Saints now.

  2. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    We’ll need all the rooting we can get–I’m very, very worried about our chances against the Bears. But–come on–wouldn’t it be great to see the Saints in the Superbowl? (Or is that one of the signs of the Apocalypse? I forget.)

    The Bears crowd is typically pretty boisterous at the Dog, second (IMHO) only to the Jets fans. I’m hoping I come out of the bar in one piece. I’m very tempted to hop on a train to Chicago. But I doubt that game tickets will be at all reasonably priced, not at this late date.

    The Dog’s chicken pot pie is quite good, if you’re going. As is their spicy jambalaya. The Irish Coffee is yummy, especially in this cold weather, but at $6 each it’s best to limit yourself to one. :-(

  3. Joe Helfrich (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    As a native of South Jersey (sadly a suburb of Philly when you come right down to it) and a long time Giants fan, I have to say that the behavior of the Eagles fans was pretty much standard for that bunch. They’re pretty much the most obnoxious group of sports fans I’ve ever seen. Yes, worse than Raiders fans.

  4. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Worse than the JETS fans?

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    I guess I’ve never heard the Jets fans actually root for an injury, but they’re loud loud loud. And it’s not just cheering their team on. They make unnecessary noises. They’ll set any 4 syllables that catch their interest to a cadence. “GO-ING BACK-WARDS!” clap-clap-clapclapclap. “IN-TER-CEP-TION!” clap-clap-clapclapclap. It doesn’t really need to be directly related to the game, either. “NEED MORE HOT WINGS!” clap-clap-clapclapclap. Or they’ll try to be their own freakin’ pre-game show. “ARE YOU READY FOR FOOTBALL?” {{crickets}} “I SAID, ARE YOU READY FOR FOOTBALL?!!”

    Are the Jets out of it yet? Can I leave my earplugs at home?

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