I remember going to Veterans Stadium for Eagle games with my father, my uncle, and my cousins. We had nosebleed seats in the 700 level--sat in section 714 which was on the 50 yard line. I remember we brought binoculars and hoagies and hot chocolate. Great memories. We had the rowdiest, most drunk fans in our section. You could sometimes get a waft of MJ smoke, so you had to bring extra food-lol. Just a few sections over there was a guy who used to do the E-A-G-L-E-S..EAGLES chant by making the letters with his body.
Interesting enough was the fact that a newly elected Senator named Arlen Specter sat just a few rows below us. Yes, I'm dating myself, considering how long Specter held that office. This was during the late 1970s and I was about 14 years old.
I remember Jaws-Ron Jaworski-getting booed and cheered every week. One season, Jaws went down and an unknown QB named Mike Boryla came in for the season. He was having some success and the fans were psyched. They had a sign that read "Boryla's Gorillas". Finally after a few good weeks, the hyped died down as Boryla started to lose. Soon, however, the Polish rifle would return to take the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl, under head coach Dick Vermeil.
That magic year when Vermeil lead the Eagles to face the Raiders in the Super Bowl--I believe that was Super Bowl XV--would be the last year we would get season's tickets. My father was older and could no longer deal with walking those steps up to the 700 level. My cousin's had grown up and now had other things to do--like boys, and concerts, etc...But after all of those losing seasons watching the Eagles in the 70s, 1980 was a magic year with Wilbert Montgomery at RB. I believe he won the rushing title that year. Jaws, after so many years of tough scrutiny, now finally would get some respect, and the defense with Bill Bergey as the inspirational leader at MLB would shoulder the load.
The last game I would ever see at the Vet, except for an Eagles vs. Rams wildcard game in 1989 that I went to, was the NFC Championship game...yes guys....Eagles vs. the Cowboys....I will always remember that game for two reasons...First, it was -23 degrees with the wind chill. I never went to a game that was so darn cold. It was so cold that after the game when we returned to the parking lot, my friend's right front tire was flat. Some idiots at the game were so drunk that they had their shirts off...It was reported that some people actually died due to the cold.
Another reason I remember that game was, of course, that it was a Championship game, the first for the Eagles since 1960 when Norm Van Brocklin led the Eagles over the Packers at Franklin Field. The city was absolutely bananas all week before the game. But I remember most the electricity at the game. Every play the fans were on their feet. I never experienced such an electricity. It was 60.000 people becoming one and you could feel yourself losing your sense of self. There was no time to reflect on a play or get a hot dog or anything. It was just one long 3 hour moment of group think with your eyes glued on every play, standing in the freezing cold, a complete religious experience.
The Eagles blew the Cowboys out that game as Montgomery had a monster of a day rushing. The Eagles went to the Super Bowl and I would watch that Super Bowl with me dad at home on TV. It was the worst Super Bowl I have ever seen. The Eagles were so nervous and outclassed in that game. My father spent the entire game shouting obscenities at the TV. It was painful and frustrating to watch a great year go up in smoke to the Raiders--a wildcard team, the first wildcard team to win the Super Bowl. The Raiders kicked our butts. The Eagles were emotionally spent. Beating the Cowboys, a team that dominated the Eagles for so long, was just too emotionally draining to come back and get up for the Raiders.