Despite the fact that the official Super Bowl victory parade will take place on Thursday, Eagles fans flocked to the streets to celebrate their 41-33 win last night over the Pats. One guy even went so far as to eat horse manure. (Yes, we mean poop — and is he regretting it right now? We’re actually not so sure. He might be proud to have...you know...showed his dedication to the Birds.)
In good news, no fan (that we know of) punched any horses like they did during the playoffs this year.
One thing’s for sure, the Eagles have waited a long time for this Super Bowl win. In fact, they’ve never actually won a Lombardi trophy — only an NFL Championship in 1960 before the Super Bowl and the seven-pound, 50-thousand-dollar award even existed.
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Without further ado, meet some lifelong, loyal supporters — most of whom have been around since the very beginning — who did their fair share of celebrating last night. Because they’ve been waiting longer than any other Eagles fan to do so.
Phil Basser, 99, made his internet debut in mid-January when his 18-year-old grandson shared a photo to Twitter. He was responding to a post about a 99-year-old Vikings fan when the Minnesota team versed the New Orleans Saints for a spot to play the Eagles in the Conference Championships.
The tweet read, "My 99yr old grandpa Phil (turning 100 in march) has lived in Philadelphia since 1918 and has never seen an Eagles Super Bowl. Looks like we got a battle of the centenarians!"
My 99yr old grandpa Phil (turning 100 in march) has lived in Philadelphia since 1918 and has never seen an Eagles Super Bowl. Looks like we got a battle of the centenarians! pic.twitter.com/yEvyd37W9n— Josh (@_jbpotter7_) January 15, 2018
You can read up on Phil's incredible story here.
And last night, the Eagles fan was there to watch his favorite team take home a win.
Congrats to Phil Basser, the 99-year-old #Eagles fan who has lived in Philadelphia since 1918.— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 5, 2018
“If I live to be 100, I might see the Eagles win a Super Bowl”
My big bro @djmattrobinson was so thrilled to meet him and watch the game with him!!#MondayMotivation #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/FNDpuCiLw5
This is Phil Basser, a 99-year-old Eagles fan since their inception in 1933. He said “If I live to be 100, I might see the Eagles win a Super Bowl.” He finally saw them win last night, and he turns 100 next month. https://t.co/vdWACuy94I pic.twitter.com/IJJ71KwIkR— LADbible (@ladbible) February 5, 2018
Happy for you, Phil!
Great Uncle Denny, 100
Sports producer Paul Mancano tweeted at the Eagles the afternoon before the big game, "win this one for my great uncle Denny, still a diehard fan at 100 years old."
You go, Great Uncle Denny!
"CT Style" host Ryan Kristafer tweeted about interviewing his 90-year-old grandma, Mom-Mom, who was 5 when the Eagles were first established.
In the interview, Mom-Mom said she watched the whole game. She and her husband, Pop-Pop, don’t have a favorite player, but she said they were glad the Eagles won and that it was a "good" match.
When asked if she and Pop-Pop did anything exciting after the Eagles' victory to celebrate, she replied, "We went to bed."
Kristafer further asked his grandma if they went out in the street and flipped cars with the rest of the Eagles fans (because maybe he wasn't so convinced they went straight to bed), and she said, "No, I’m sorry. We weren’t doing that."
We feel you, Mom-Mom.
Frank Markert, a Philly native and forever Eagles fan, is 87 years old. Watch his reaction as he opens a bottle of champagne he's been saving since 1980 (it'll be the best thing you see all day).
Philly native Frank Markert has waited to open this bottle since 1980.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 5, 2018
After the Eagles' Super Bowl win, the 87-year-old did just that. pic.twitter.com/ZmMncouT27
When asked how the champagne tasted, Frank replied, "Good!" Cheers erupted after that — and we’re guessing they’ve kept going ever since.