As I’ve explained before, I’m not a huge sports fan but I am a huge fan of sports environments (lol) which I why I was super excited when Tony invited me and Pops down to Xfinity live to watch the Eagles away game tonight. I’ve never been to an NFL game, so I don’t have anything to truly compare it to but I can say that the energy in that place was electric. Every single play elicited a reaction from the crowd, and especially with a game this close, you could feel the stress/excitement literally buzzing. There is something indescribable about being in a room with hundreds of strangers all focused, hoping, and praying for the same thing to happen. Strangers become less strange and it is suddenly totally normal to hug someone you’ve never met when the Eagles come from behind to take the lead. Tonight I saw grown men cry tears of joy, and I’m pretty sure a few people lost their voice from singing so hard to the fight song after we scored. Not to take something so manly and pragmatic and turn it into poetics, but I do always get a little emotional when I get that feeling that I’m a part of something bigger than myself, even if for tonight that thing was being a sports fan.
Also, they were giving out free beer, which didn’t help.