Philadelphia, PA – The phones were ringing off the hook this morning at the 94 WIP studios, call screeners reported, as thousands of well meaning and optimistic Eagles fans hoped to express their well wishes and congratulations on a hard-fought game for their hometown squad.
“Sure it was disappointing, but you know what? They played their hearts out last night and I’m very proud of them. It’s just as good as winning, if you ask me.” said John from Fishtown, who called in around 7 a.m. this morning. “And Sam Bradford? Sure he had a rocky
start, but I believed in him all along and he showed you some good stuff. He didn’t get the victory, but how can you not be impressed by his comeback story? Does some great work for charity also.”
“My prayers go out to Cody Parkey. That kid tried his best and things just didn’t go his way, it’s not a big deal. What are you going to do? You can’t win every game,” he said, before excusing himself to hang up.
The station reported a heavy influx of calls this morning after the Eagles 26-27 defeat at the hands of the Falcons, a game in which they saw second-year kicker Cody Parkey miss a 40 yard field goal to put them up by one with three minutes remaining and Jordan Mathews have a very catchable first down pass clank off his hands and result in a game-clinching INT for the Falcons.
But thousands called in to simply say how happy they were that nobody was seriously hurt during the contest.
“I went down there with a few of my buddies, cost me thousands of dollars in airfare and hotel rooms, and I couldn’t have been happier with my trip,” said caller Michael from Northern Liberties. “Atlanta is a wonderful city. I took the Coca-Cola tour, which was really the highlight of the trip, and the Falcons fans were just delightful. Very welcoming. I felt right at home.”
Angelo Cataldi, longtime host of the morning show, said the majority of callers were “fair, balanced, and remembered to mind their manners during their phone call.”
“Nobody is overblowing anything and everyone realizes it’s just one out sixteen games for the season. It’s not the end of the world, and in the long run our callers know it’s just a game after all, nothing to lose sleep over,” Cataldi said.
As of press time, several callers had reached out to the morning show to express their condolences over ex-Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blowing a save against his old team