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Scarlet's Web - #6

(Published Jan. 2005, The Spirit newspaper, Philadelphia)

Well at least we know that football fans can spell.

I confess, I do not have much interest in football. You see, I am a recent import to America - I hail from those countries that enjoy the more genteel sports such as cricket and soccer. Oh yeah, and rugby. Not very genteel, is it? Anyway, my point is that I have no appreciation for the game. I don't understand it despite numerous attempts on my American boyfriend's part to explain it to me. Unlike soccer players, I find football players overweight and unattractive, and frankly rather laughable in their Joan Rivers-esque shoulder pads. (I hope I can't be deported for my anti-football sentiments).

Despite my own feelings on the game, I am aware of the mounting excitement in the run up to the Superbowl. Will the Eagles make it to the final? Will they survive without TO?

The web is full of wonderful resources for Eagles fans. The official site can be found at www.philadelphiaeagles.com. Men out there will appreciate the flash intro featuring Eagles cheerleaders singing the Eagles anthem. Or should I say trying to sing? It is rather obvious that they were selected as cheerleaders for their buxom bosoms rather than their melodious singing voices. The site offers everything from statistics to merchandise, email alerts to discussion boards.

For devoted fans, visit www.sportznutz.com where you can purchase everything from Eagles shower curtains (unfortunately it does not come with a naked Nicolette Sheridan), apron and mitt set (for the man in touch with his feminine side?), bedding and, for the woman who has everything, 14 ct gold Eagles earrings. (Note to boyfriend: Buy me a pair for Valentine's Day and die!)

Looking for Eagles tickets? I would recommend Craigslist Philadelphia as your first stop - http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tix/ as you may pick up a bargain you wouldn't find on more "official" sites like www.gotickets.com. And, if you are going to a game, how about some handy tailgating tips? Johnny Roadtrip (http://www.johnnyroadtrip.com/tailgating/) who declares that "a game is not a game unless a tailgate precedes it," offers tips, recipes and tailgating photographs from across the nation.

Finally, it is my firm opinion, that what sports fans enjoy most is bitching about their teams and that Eagles fans especially enjoy grumbling about their team's performances. Gridiron Grumblings (www.gridirongrumblings.com) is billed as the "eZine of NFL Commentary", and offers commentaries titled "The way we see it", "Question of the Week", "Sunday Soothsayers" and the merciless "Losers Lounge". But by far the most interesting part of this site is the NFL Chat Room. You don't really have to be a die-hard football fan to have fun here. The fans in this chat area tend to wear their opinions large and obtrusively on their sleeves, so all you have to do to get a riot going is oppose one or all of them!

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