The closest thing to Eagles green and white in San Diego this year was Donovan McNabb pushing his mom in a Campbell”s Soup sponsored shopping cart.
But the sting of another lost Super Bowl appearance has faded, for I have discovered the formula that will bring the Philadelphia Eagles to a championship season.
The new millennium has started a promising trend.
The last four Super Bowl champions have won the title within five years of moving into a new stadium.
You should be downright giddy. Veteran”s Stadium is scheduled for demolition after baseball season, and destiny awaits the Eagles at their new stadium.
Five years is a long time, but the facts speak for themselves.
The St. Louis Rams started the year 2000 with a close win over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Five years prior to their title, the Rams moved into the Edward Jones Dome.
The championship could have gone either way because the Titans moved into Adelphia Coliseum in 1997.
The next year, the Baltimore Ravens won the title. They started playing in PSINet Stadium in 1996.
See, the evidence keeps growing and growing.
Last year”s improbable champions, the New England Patriots left Foxboro Stadium in 2001.
The next year they opened Gillette Stadium and celebrated a Super Bowl victory at the end of the season.
Can anyone say “new stadium victory”?
Within five years, of course.
The Patriots were just anxious to get it done early.
This year the Eagles lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs stopped playing in their old stadium affectionately known as, “The Big Sombrero” in 1997.
Their new home, Raymond James Stadium opened the next year.
Do the math.
Another new stadium.
Another five-year period.
Another Super Bowl Championship.
Call it “fuzzy math,” or just absurd logic.
But whatever you call it, you cannot refute the destiny of the team with the new stadium.
Just remember you read it here first.
Eagles, all the way.
Jonathan Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.