Philadelphia fans are a passionate bunch.
So when the Fox telecast Sunday showed a short clip of one particular Eagles fan screaming as they cut to commercial, it was good for a chuckle and a viral moment, but absolutely nothing out of the ordinary here in Philly.
The fan was quickly hit on Twitter, which was expected, but where this story takes a turn is when his employer and profession came to light.
Eagles fans have a reputation as being a blue-collar bunch. Lunch pail kinda guys working for the union, etc.
Turns out this particular fan is Eric Furda, the Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the more prestigious institutions in Philadelphia. He took to Twitter to point out what bad calls the refs were making.
Bottom line is that calls were missed that were basic and also in place for player safety! Not sure what the refs were looking at today!— Eric J. Furda (@DeanFurda) September 22, 2019
He also had some fun with it and threw a flag on himself.
After further review of the play I will take the 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct But I will not lose my passion for Philadelphia and Penn sports! Thanks for all the interview requests but we have a game on Thursday to get ready for which I will watch at home!— Eric J. Furda (@DeanFurda) September 23, 2019
After some quick Internet digging, it appears Dean Furda was once MVP of Penn's lightweight football team when he was a student there. Don't mess with Birds fans.
It just goes to show you it's never safe to prejudge anyone and also that Philly fandom runs deep through all walks of Philadelphia. And that every single one of us can yell at the refs with great fervor.
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