As Philly fans, we're bred to hate the rival and the need to see the players we root for hate the rival, too. The rival, in this case, is every professional sports team that's not based in Philadelphia. Most Philly sports fans of today that can make their voice heard grew up in the 80's and 90's, when sports was serious business and more than just a distraction from everyday life. Players hated players. Coaches hated coaches. Coaches hated players, and so on. In today's society, I love a good rivalry just as much as anyone, but while we continue to strive towards a better world and society, sports fans still continue to take it to the next level. And now players are fighting back.
Grrrrrrr... RT @richandphamily: I wanna see the eagles pissed off on twitter not congratulating others for succeeding where they failed— The Toddfather (@toddherremans) January 21, 2013
Players don't like to hate. We've seen that the last few years. Asante Samuel yucking it up with the Cardinals after the NFC Championship loss in Arizona. That's the image we all have in our head. Jimmy Rollins tweeting out congratulations to players who've won the World Series that aren't on the Phillies. That, for some reason, aggravates Philly sports fans. I don't get it. Do you congratulate your co-workers when they get a promotion or a better opportunity elsewhere? If you don't, then you're probably what's wrong with society today.
That simple tweet from Herremans actually says about a thousand words. Players don't hate players anymore. Especially in the National Football League. You always see players laughing and joking after a game, win or lose. It's the new era of athletes, and we have to deal with it. I have no problem with athletes joking around, because they have a life that's bigger than just my favorite sports team. They've worked hard to get where they are, and just like any of us, deserve a reprieve. So I won't get on Herremans's case too bad for this one, but make no mistake about it, he channeled his inner troll last night.