It’s been 50 years since Philadelphia Eagles fans booed/chucked snowballs at Santa Claus during its annual Christmas-themed halftime show in the midst of a disastrous season. Since then, Philly fans have booed Donovan McNabb after he got drafted, threw a beer bottle at then-Philly Ryan Howard, and one dude even intentionally threw up on an 11-year-old girl during a Phillies game in 2010. Still, the snowball incident from 1968 has followed generations of Philly fans like genetic herpes.
The reason every sports fan in America knows that the city of Philadelphia collectively unloaded on Santa is because they are still defensive over it, after all these years. Rule number 1 of sports fandom: Don’t let other fanbases know your weaknesses and insecurities.
Jason Witten, who hasn’t exactly been a Philly fan favorite over the years, is still sharpening up his broadcasting skills. During Monday night’s Redskins/Eagles game, Witten because public enemy number 1 when he mentioned the incident from 1968 within eight minutes of the game.
If you’re looking for me, you can find me in the comments of hundreds of triggered Eagles fans.
[h/t For the Win]