The Eagles won the Super Bowl two years ago. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
I think a lot of Eagles fans share my habit of occasionally pondering back and thinking about how much fun Super Bowl 52 was for the Philadelphia area. I experienced it in a different way than a lot of fans, though: Somehow I convinced my bosses we needed to do a Mall of America video, so I saw the Eagles win the Super Bowl in person.
Since I was at the stadium for the Super Bowl, I didn’t hear Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, my favorite TV NFL announcing crew, call the game. I have watched Super Bowl 52 multiple times. I thought they did a fine job. Collinsworth’s instant analysis of the Philly Special, my pick for the greatest thing to ever happen in world history, was pretty good.
A lot of people do not agree with me. Just days after the game, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson wrote about a petition that called for NBC to discipline Collinsworth for “fawning” over Tom Brady and the Patriots. Birds fans have hounded Collinsworth so much he’s said he wishes he could take back his analysis calling Zach Ertz’s game-winning touchdown an incomplete pass.
(Yes, the same Eagles fans who sang, “No one likes us, we don’t care,” to celebrate the Super Bowl victory have been complaining about the color commentator for the game for two years. Shut up. This is my story.)
The point is: I have listened to Collinsworth’s call of the game multiple times, and several things he said are now indelibly stuck to my brain. One is the way he says, “This could decide the game,” in a strange cadence before the Philly Special. Another is the noise he made when Tom Brady fumbled.
I noticed it while watching highlights in the early morning after the game. I cannot un-hear it, and I am not the only one. It sounds something like “Wuuuh-Oh!” It’s going to be in my head forever. Wuuuh-Oh!
May the fans of whoever wins Super Bowl 54 make similar aural memories today.