Believe in the Bogeymen The immutable insanity of ‘Iggles’ fans is legendary By Ed Hardiman They are legends passed from father to son across the NFL. The bogeymen of football. They pelt Santa with snowballs. They cheer when other team’s players get injured. Eagles fans: Love them or hate them, they are the Cadillac of NFL fans. You don’t wear another team’s jersey to Lincoln Financial Field. If you do, Eagles fans heckle it off your back or dump perfectly warm $8 beers on you. They have ushers repeatedly check your ticket until you get the hint and move to another seat, preferably in another stadium. When you walk through the parking lot, the tailgaters’ roar drops to a whisper as you pass. The hair on the back of your neck stands the entire game. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, I assume every stadium has a 700 level — the Philly equivalent of “Lord of the Flies” with beer — and if you lack common sense and insist on wearing the opposing team’s colors, you deserve the world-class beat-down coming your way. In 1983 Chief Zee, the unofficial Redskins mascot, went to Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium for a “Monday Night Football” game dressed in full Indian regalia. He left stripped to his underwear, with a smashed eye and a broken leg. The following season, the Eagles invited him back to apologize. Eagles fans abused him again. One old lady told him he had a lot of nerve going up there, threw her drink in his face and said, “We mugged the guy who dressed like that last year!” December 15, 1968: Frank Olivo wears a Santa suit to the last Eagles home game. The Eagles ask him to replace a hired Santa stranded by a snowstorm. Olivo runs downfield while boos and a fusillade of snowballs erupt from a crowd of 54,535. It is no big deal. Local sports writers ignore it, but Howard Cosell broadcasts it on his national sports show. An urban legend is born. Eagles fans: They boo Santa Claus. December 10, 1989: After accusing the Eagles of putting bounties on his players, Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson is pelted with snowballs by fans, and police must escort him out of Veterans Stadium. One of the alleged participants is rabid Eagles fan and current governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell. October 10, 1999: Michael Irvin suffers a career-ending injury and is carted off to the cheers of a minority of Eagles fans at the Vet. ESPN’s Rich Eisen characterizes it as 66,000 screaming fans reaching a crescendo as the ambulance leaves. The number of cheering fans grows with every succeeding year. Iggles fans, as it’s spelled by those who know, will never change. They are immutable. In 2005, ESPN's Brian Murphy called Eagles fans "the most neurotic, insane, comedic group of fans you will ever see outside of a 'Cops' episode." Thanks Brian, I couldn’t have said it any better. ED HARDIMAN is a frequent contributor to the FoxSports.com Funhouse. His blog, "The Fowl Line," can be found on FOXSports.com's community page.